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!
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)
Fran Castle came to Elizabeth and Victory Hill in May of 2016. Fran had been riding in the hunter and jumper world for 20+ years and with the retirement of her adult amateur hunter horse”Rudy”, she wanted to make the change to dressage. So the search began to find Fran a suitable horse and at the end of May in Aiken, SC at Justine Wilson’s Breezy Hill South Farm they found Florence (Flo) who was imported from the Netherlands in February 2016 and then made her way to Breezy Hill South. Her sire, KPWN Special D, stands at Justine’s farm and he is sired by Metall. Flo’s dam is by Gribaldi and so she has excellent breeding lineage. Fran and Flo’s goals over the coming years are to obtain a solid foundation and then move up the levels and show off her sweet and smart mare’s true potential. Elizabeth showed Flo at 1st level in 2016 and qualified for the Regional 1 finals in the Open division. Update: Fran has retired from the corporate world and moved closer to Southern Pines where she plans to do consulting work. She currently keeps Flo at Susie Weidman’s Encore Sporthorse in Sanford. We wish them future success!
Lu-Ann Perryman and her horse Galileo aka “Leo” earned the GAG division championship ribbon and prize money in the 2016 Carolina Horse Park Warhorse schooling event series. A big congrats to them and thank you to all the fantastic sponsors of this educational and fun series!
In the fall of 2012 Diane Doub contacted Elizabeth to help her find her next dressage mount. Her goal was to earn her USDF Bronze Medal and to have a safe a fun mount to learn on and enjoy a partnership with. We found “Prestige” who was in training with “S” judge Tami Batts in Greensboro shortly thereafter and bought him to the farm at the end of October that year. Though Diane had schooled on her previous horse in Canada through 2nd level, she had not had the opportunity to compete him very much, as he turned out to be larger than expected at 18 hds. and so Diane made the difficult decision to sell him. Diane and Prestige have been well-suited to one another with them slowly gaining confidence at the shows together and earning her scores at 1st and 2nd level. They are planning to continue showing at 3rd level and beyond and Diane now keeps “Tige” closer to home at Judy McCoy’s Farm. We wish them a bright future together!
At age 10 Alison got her first pony, “Stormy Weather.” Though she started out doing hunt seat, she soon decided to come ride with Elizabeth at V.H.F. And switch her focus first to eventing and then to primarily dressage.
Alison earned her USDF bronze medal on Stormy at the age of 14, competed in both Region One and BLM championships, and qualified for the National Dressage Seat Equitation Championships by winning the Reserve championship in Region One. She then went on to finish 8th in the country at the National finals, and was also the highest scoring competitor in the FEI Pony test at the Lendon Gray youth dressage festival in 2007, with Stormy winning the Seldom Scene trophy.
In late 2008 Elizabeth found Alison a new mount, “Bariton,” with whom she could be competitive in the FEI Junior division. In 2009 she represented the Bronze medal winning FEI Junior Region 1 team at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, and also finished eleventh in the nation at the Festival of Champions in Gladstone, in that same division.
After graduating from high school in 2010 she took a year off from school to train with USEF Pan American Gold medal team member, Cesar Parra at Performance Farms (based in NJ and FLA). She then returned home to attend NCSU in 2011 and earned her USDF silver medal on Bariton before selling him to Barbara Jacobs. She is a recent graduate of NCSU where she was the captain of the dressage team. Congrats Alison!