Friday, February 4, 2011

Winter Update from Chesterland South

We had a great first run at Rocking Horse I, and all the young horses are more than outstanding this year.  We’ve brought down a whole string of exceptional horses and 5 of them are out of our own Windsor Bonnett (Sal, HRH Patricia, Dancing Queen, Spike and Queen Wannabe).
Keltic Lion went Training & was 3rd.  This was Lola’s first event & I knocked a poll in show jumping which bumped us down to 5th when we were in contention for the blue. HRH Patricia completed all 3 phases well & we had really fun weekend at Rocking Horse.
Our students & clients also had a stellar weekend!  David Koss, who is working & training with me this winter in Florida, comes to us from Sun Valley Idaho & is from a talented riding family.  His mother Vicky and I competed at Badminton a number of times together, and it’s great to have her son in our barn.  David, who is 23, rode Look Sweet at Rocking Horse & was 6th in Intermediate.  He is an aspiring young rider & this mare has done one Advanced.  This was his first competition on the east coast and he plans to go advanced at the next event, and he also has a young horse who is starting out at training level.
Of course I’m proud of Buck who cleaned up this past weekend, and congratulate Randy was second to Buck on his horse James.  Clarissa Wilmerding won the other Intermediate Division with Buck in second & Fanny Lee was 4th on Hadley Harbor.  The whole crew made an impression this weekend.
There is another new face in our barn this winter.  Joanna Dorin, who is from Ireland, is a real gem, a enthusiastic & cheerful addition to the Chesterland effort. She’s a tremendous help at the competitions as well as a big help exercising the horses back at the farm & in the early mornings at the track.  Don’t forget that we brought 6 of our young 3 year olds down to Florida this winter, and 2 of them are headed to the track.  David & Joanna are gaining the experience of working with young race horses in training at the race track by doing their morning gallops!
Enjoy the attached slideshow of photos & we will send out another update about Keltic Lion shortly.


  1. Why did anyone let someone jump a three year old horse? That's far too young to be jumping.

  2. Love the photo of Here's Lola..she looks so much like her sire Heroicity.