This was VHF’s first trip to an “away” show during the pandemic year of 2020 and it was slightly nerve-wracking not knowing what to expect, but Elizabeth was very fortunate to have two nice horses to compete at the CBLM finals which were held in Williamston, NC at the Senator Bob Martin Agricultural Arena.
Melissa Johnson’s “Bellissimo Volto” who contested the 3rd Level division B, and “Flurry’s Jetta” who contested the Training Level division B, finished up as Reserve Champion and tied for Reserve champion respectively in their divisions.
Also attending were Charlotte Holt and her horse “London” who won their 1st level test 2 class on Thursday and then finished 4th in their First level finals Division A class on Sunday, and Alison Eyth and Blake Atherton’s beautiful mare “Queen Chloe Chloe” who finished 10th in the same 1st Level finals division A but also gave Alison a 2nd place and an additional good score towards her Bronze medal at 2nd level.
I am happy to report that VHF will be attending the CBLM finals this year with the following four horse and rider combinations: Alison Eyth and Blake Atherton’s “Queen Chloe Chloe” in the 1st level division A, Charlotte Holt and her own “London” also in 1st level division A, Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Johnson’s “Belissimo Volto” in 3rd level division B, and Elizabeth Moore and Amber Zaratsian’s “Flurry’s Jetta” in the Training level division B.
Additionally “Belissimo Volto” also qualified for the 2nd level division A CBLM finals with his owner Melissa Johnson pictured here with a 64+%. Charlotte Holt and “London” won both their classes on Sat (70+% in 1st-2) in Charlotte’s first time showing in a recognized show at First level which also earned her her first scores towards her Bronze medal, and “Flurry’s Jetta” also qualified for the Region 1 finals during the Labor of Love show with Elizabeth. Congrats to all!
“London” owned by Charlotte Holt took a blue for the second time at the Triangle Farms C show in July with her owner Charlotte Holt in the .75m jumper division. The pair also won a class at the June show at the same height so Charlotte was pleased since it was really hot weather and she felt like she steadily improved. (Lucy and Sarah pictured above, video of Charlotte and Alison below).
“Queen Chloe Chloe” aka Chloe also contested the same division and cantered around easily with with her Lessor Alison Eyth. Chloe is owned by Blake Atherton. Alison was happy too although they had a few time penalties, so we have been working on increasing her RPMs recently at home!
“I Love Lucy” aka Lucy had solid rounds in the puddle jumper division with her Lessor Sarah Sievers. Owner Deirdre Albertson had also planned to compete her in the .75 m division but she stepped on a clip in her last round so will have to wait til next time. Still they were both super happy with her.
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!