|Bruce & Keltic Lion, aka Charlie|
Photo credit Cindy Lawler!
Bruce is extremely happy this year with the positive attitudes & motivated efforts of his working students - Hillary Popiel (who has been a familiar face over the past decade), Zachary Ryan Leamer and Lindsay Elwell. Jan Smith also continues to be an indispensable part of Chesterland's daily operation and has also become 1/2 owner in one of the coming 4 year olds, Sugarfoot, which ensures that this talented young filly will remain part of Bruce's training program. Bruce has brought 4 young horses down to Ocala this year to continue their winter training & they are all showing great promise on the flat & over fences. More to come on our blog & website regarding the approaching foaling season & the progress of our current homebreds in training!
Firefly Farm, which is the winter home to Chesterland South, is owned by Kristina Watkins, who winters in Ocala, but hails from Harvard Mass. Kristina is 1/2 owner in the talented young prospect, Here's Lola who is another homebred of Bruce's, out of Our Staple (JJ Babu’s full sister) by the NZ stallion Heroisity, one of the few TB stallions that stood at Hilltop and was approved for warmblood stud book. This is one talented young horse for the future who finished 2nd last weekend at her 2nd Prelim start at Rocking Horse (with Buck in the irons).
|Buck on Here's Lola!|
Photo credit Yvonne Zuther
Many thanks go out to Cindy Lawler (who I met last year at Rolex) who was lucky enough to be at Rocking Horse this past weekend & generously has shared her photography talents with us!
|Bruce on Cruise|
Photo Credit Cindy Lawler
Fanny Lee is here again with her advanced horse, Hadley Harbour, and Louis, her 5 year old bred by Bruce. Fanny is a great supporter & always lots of fun. Bruce is also looking forward to working with Beth Perkins who has joined Chesterland South with 4 horses in training, and the goal of aiming Sal Dali for Rolex this spring. She will be joined by Kristi Nunnink and R-Star, who is also returning to work with Bruce, pre-Rolex. Kristin also has 2 other younger horses who are showing great promise for the Prelim level this season. Caroline Petty, from British Columbia is also joining our team in preparation for the 2* at Ocala this season.
|Bruce Cattle Sorting!|
Photo credit Yvonne Zuther
Yeehaa cowboy! Don't ever underestimate the talents of event riders.
Please enjoy our second slideshow of pictures provided by close friend & horse woman, Yvonne Zuther.
We will be sharing stories shortly on our crop of young homebreds & also the current successes of those who have gone on to top competitive homes with other riders such as Whitney Weston (Rock on Rose) and Caroline Martin (Petite Flower). Stay tuned!