Elizabeth had fun taking her own 6 yr. OTTB “Obi-1” and 5 yr. TB “Riptide” to the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, NC. to compete in the Pipe Opener II Combined Test on 2/15/20. It was Obi’s first show of any kind since retiring from racing, and Tide’s first Beginner Novice Combined test at CHP. Both horses finished on their dressage scores and did not look at any of the jumps, although Obi was quite certain there was a starting gate somewhere around the arenas. Tide who never raced and is much more laid back improved his score slightly and is continuing to find a more “uphill” balance as he matures:) Elizabeth was extremely grateful to her student Patience Stevens for grooming for her for the day, and both Hannah McDiarmid and her husband John for helping her get off to an early start! Pictures by High Time Photography.
The farm hosted the Eno Triangle Pony club for a clinic last Sunday 1/26/20. Elizabeth had fun instructing them and all of the kids were good students with well turned out ponies and horses. Here are a few pics and videos of them. Above pic is: Elizabeth Moore (center) with L-R Maya Brandt and “Danny Boy”, Chloe Sharpe and “Duchess”, Devyn and “Cinnamon”, Maddie and “Dottie” and Sophia Grahm and “Joey”.
Video previews are sideways but if you click on them they play rightsize up! First video is Diana Luther and her TB gelding “Caper”, followed by Maddie and “Thunder”, Ann Laurel and “Dixie”, Sarah and “Skittles”, and Maeson and “Apollo” also a TB gelding. Finally, the last video is of the adorable Ava Brooke Bailey riding “Dreamy”. Also a giant thank you to the Pony Club DC’s; Susan Montani, Meredith Lawson, and Michelle Crowder!!
Mattie Crowder and “Thunder” who is not her usual mount!
Kingsley is a lovely 16.1 hd. TB gelding now owned by Hannah McDiarmid. He has taught multiple people and several juniors the basics of dressage, and is jumping courses in the 2’9” range right now. Hannah competed him this past season in the WHES at CHP at maiden level and hopes to do BN soon. He is very safe on trails, and needs a half lease person to come and join out team of committed dressage and eventing riders here at the farm. Please contact Elizabeth or Hannah at 919 434-7327 or 919 579-2957 for more info.
Here is Leslie Donnelly Lorbacher and her long time partner “Indigo Girl” aka Amy enjoying a dip in Jordan Lake! Amy is now 23 years young and Leslie is a new “mom-lady”, devoted wife, and a nurse in her adult life. I met and purchased Amy when she was 2.5 years old at the Royal Winter Fair sporthorse auction in Toronto Canada, and met Leslie when she was about 12. The two have them have enjoyed many adventures together and from the looks of this pic have many more to come💕🍀.
Former VHF school ponies “Sprinkles” and “Ladybug” are continuing to thrive at their new home at Winding Creek Stables in Weaverville, NC. Here are some pics the farm owner and riding program director Christa Woodlief shared with us recently. Thank you Christa and all of her students there for taking such good care of them!
The lovely Holsteiner mare “London” who was recently purchased by Charlotte Holt from Erica Anderson recently won two classes in the Green Hunter division at the Finally Farms Hunter/Jumper show and then followed that up with a win at Training Level at the Rise and Shine Dressage show in Southern Pines! Congrats to Charlotte on her great riding and to London on having a dedicated new owner!
Melissa Johnson’s wonderful 7 yr. old Hanoverian gelding “Bellissimo Volto” was a perfect gentleman in his Region 1 GAIG Open 1st level finals class and in his awards ceremony where he placed 4th out of 31 VERY nice horses and other professional riders. He also received his first qualifying score in his 2nd level 3 class on Friday, his 2nd time doing the test, so Melissa and I were both thrilled with him!
Ludmilla Harvey and Ladylike won a division of the GAG at the Warhorse Eventing series at the Carolina Horse Park under the tutelage of Karen MaHaffey. Ludmilla bought Ladylike from Elizabeth two years ago and lives in Sanford where Karen’s barn is based. Karen has done a super job getting these two to become a solid team as exemplified by this result and this fun video of the two of them kicking butt through a gymnastic line! Ladylike is also now available for half lease at VHF through October of this year. (2018)
Ellen Peirce and her horse Moximillion aka “Moxi” had a successful trip to Aiken recently where they completed their first USEA recognized Beginner Novice Horse Trials (Early spring 2017) together with no cross country penalties. They have both worked hard to get to this point and we wish them more future success this season at that level as well as at some of the dressage shows. Update, Moxi won an event with trainer Caitlin Romeo of Southern Pines (fall of 2017) and has been sold to a nice junior rider who is now competing him successfully!