Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from VHF!

Fun was had by all on Sunday Dec 1oth taking this group photo, and then going for a bite to eat at the Texas Roadhouse afterwards. Left to right is:Diane Doub/Prestige, Fran Castle/Florence, Kasey Greene with her baby Logan and horse Classic Copper and his lessee Lisa Kim, Lu-Ann Perryman/Galileo, Launi Masterson/Barbana, Lola Hudson/Cocoa, Melissa Johnson/Volto, Elizabeth Moore/Genuine Gem, Karen Cimon/Prisha and E’s young student Savannah Carey, Jennifer Durazzo/Kingsley (being held by John Moore), Katie Neill/Avondrood and Josh Neill, and Bridget O’Brian holding Henry. Many thanks to Gray O’Neal ( and Jennifer Durazzo for arranging for him to come and take these images!

2017 Wraps up and preparation for 2018 begins!

Elizabeth had the amazing privilege of competing four terrific client horses this year: Erica Anderson’s Holsteiner/TB cross “London” at Open Training and at 1st level, Melissa Johnson’s Hanoverian gelding “Bellissimo Volto” at 1st and 2nd level, Lu-Ann Perryman’s “Galileo” at 1st level, and her own “Genuine Gem” at the Intermediare I level. Elizabeth had several unfortunate issues with her hauling vehicle in the first part of the season but finally was able to replace it with a new Ford F350 in September, so hopes to be able to get in some more mileage competing in 2018, as well as continuing her education and work with her current mentors Linda Zang, Jaron Verheij, and others.

“Bellissimo Volto” places 4th at the Region 1 GAIG’s

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 win their division at Warhorse

Ludmilla Harvey and Ladylike won a division of the GAG at the Warhorse 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!


A day at the Farm

Melissa Johnson on Bellissimo Volto, Fran Castle on Florence, Elizabeth, Lu-Ann Perryman on Galileo, and Diane Doub on Prestige just happened to all be riding and gathered for this picture taken by Lisa Kim. One of our many great days spent here at the farm this year.

Ellen Peirce and her horse Maximillion complete their 1st USEA recognized Horse Trials in Aiken

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 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.

Big Congrats to Diane Doub and McKenna Shook on their HOY awards!

Diane Doub and her horse “Prestige” were recently named Horse of the Year for AA riders competing at 2nd level by NCDCTA for the year 2016. McKenna Shook and her horse “Dunvegan” also earned top honors at that level in the Junior Division. Mckenna and her horse have moved to a different area of the Triangle, but we still consider her part of our VHF family and send them big Congratulations. Also seen here is Lu-Ann Perryman retrieving her 6th place award for her horse “Galileo” which was earned at Training level. We hope to see lots of future success from all three horse and rider teams in the future!

Elizabeth receives her “small r” Eventing judge’s license

After three years of course work which included USEA educational sessions, apprenticing with Technical Delegates at Horse Trials, sitting, scribing, and apprentice judging, combined with her earlier competition experience, Elizabeth has completed the USEF requirements needed to be a licensed “r” Eventing judge. She hopes this will allow her to give back to the Eventing community as well as stay involved and occasionally get to see and work with Eventing friends around the country.

Angelina and Zee Cloud

Angelina and Zee Cloud attended their first dressage show recently with scores in the 65% range at Intro A and B, in their home state of Indiana. She trains at Zen Equestrian there with Lauren Griffin. Her mom Kelly says everyone there is enjoying Zee and that they are doing really well! We would think so with that look of serious concentration on both their faces:)