Johnny’s Retirement

He was the horse that gave me wings. No jump was too big for him. H e made cottsmore leap feel like a novice fence. He was a machine. He would fight to get inside the flags for me. Truly an amazing horse. The best cross country horse I have ever ridden

2017 Carolina Horse Trials – Day 2

It wasn’t the greatest day. 5 rails in show jumping with Johnny is a strong reminder of how humbling this sport is, and why you really need to fight if you are going to succeed. The day also marked Corteo’s first dressage test in about two years. Needless to say, he was a little ‘exuberant.’Continue reading “2017 Carolina Horse Trials – Day 2”

Go Johnny Go!

On Sunday I went down to North Atlanta Equestrian with Johnny (aka ‘Simply Priceless’) to do some gallop sets as part of our training for Badminton in a month. While there, I helped my friend Rebecca Bowman with some mustangs and took my new OTTB for a spin. Practical Joker (aka ‘PJ’) is my newContinue reading “Go Johnny Go!”

He’s back!

The Rocking Horse Winter II horse trials were great experience for Indy and Emit. for Indy, it was his first competition at the Training level. For my big banana boat Emit, this was his first recognized show ever! I was so proud of him as he maintained his composure and stayed in the ring evenContinue reading “He’s back!”

Wellington here we come

Heading towards Wellington after finishing up at Rocking Horse in Ocala, Florida. Johnny did not appreciate how close the dressage arena was to the highway at Rocking Horse, and it showed in his dressage score. We’ll see how he runs at Wellington, which is a more enclosed space. Lucky Number Seven placed second in openContinue reading “Wellington here we come”

The Tough Get Going

With snow at home at Rock Creek Farms in Jasper, GA last weekend, I escaped down to Florida to compete in the Ocala Winter I Horse Trials with Simply Priceless (aka Johnny), Bright Water (aka Teddy), and Indiana Chrome (aka Indy). In this episode, I provide some commentary on my Intermediate dressage and cross countryContinue reading “The Tough Get Going”