What’s in a Year?

There were some specific goals to achieve this season for myself and Lou. And oddly enough, we earned them all from one extreme of the scale, to the entire opposite extreme. We either lost or we won. And even after doing this sport for as long as I have, there is always a surprise lurking behind every stall door.

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The season had me sharing the ride on Louis with friend and coach Werner Geven of Geven Eventing. This past weekend was the last trial of the season for Lou, and Werner piloted the Open Training division at Poplar Place Trials into a 2nd place finish and T.I.P Reserve Champion winner.

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It’s been so nice to have a young horse consistently score in the 20’s in the Dressage and give the rider a relaxed start to a competition. Lou has always been beautiful on the flat and is like an onion layer of great things to come in the future. I’ve been told he could do straight Dressage and be very competitive, and so I peel the onion layer.

Show Jumping has gotten so much more professional and manageable too. Lou still works hard for that compact 11′ stride, but it’s certainly getting there. I’m reminded how horses respond differently to footing, lighting, course design, and tack. The difference of jumping on grass with studs, over jumping a sand course can be difficult for some. Footing can be everything and that was something we focused on with Lou.

Cross Country will always be the adrenalin rush for both horse and rider. The main goal for the season was to develop a braver horse, a manageable horse, a nimble-footed horse, and a horse with endurance. Homework at home was with gymnastics and then schooling narrow fences on hills helped get Lou quicker up front and become balanced. He is now learning to ‘look’ for the next fence and move up to it rather than backing off.

This season I was technically eliminated for not going through flags, I was eliminated for falling off, I retired on cross country when Lou’s front shoes came off and he slipped onto a fence, and Werner pulled the ripcord in his Dressage test. The other extremes has been hitting the 20’s in the dressage, winning on dressage scores, clear jump rounds, double clear cross country, placing 1st through 4th, winning the T.I.P Championship Award 3 times and winning the reserve award twice, qualifying for the AEC’s and qualifying for AREA III championships, and moving up to Training Level.

So it’s been a little strange this season, but it’s been very rewarding at the same time. I took the bad with the good, and always came out on top. But that was my decision to make rather than let it distract and defeat our goals. I had to teach myself to be that way. Its an on-going lesson.

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GO Thoroughbred!

 

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More Cowbell’s 3rd Career!

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Thoroughbreds are incredible athletes who are multi-talented. More Cowbell’s first career began at the racetrack, then eventually found himself competing in Horse Trials. 7 years later together, both ‘Benny’ and Matti Burns found their true passion in the Jumper world.

Congratulations to former LKF Thoroughbred on fantastic placings during the Tryon International Fall CS15 competition. 1st, 2nd for speed rounds and 9th in the Jumper Classic. Their weekend finished as Reserve Champions in the High Adult Jumpers overall.

GO Thoroughbred!

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Retired Racehorse Eligible 2018

Prince Neff is currently eligible to be entered for 2018 Retired Racehorse Project. Can easily be developed for low level Eventing (Novice – Prelim), Competitive Trail, Fox Hunting, Equitation. This beautiful boy has class and sophistication.

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Something to be Said . . .

Indeed there is something to be said about a tall, dark and handsome gentleman. Today marks 30 days since Prince Neff’s last winning race. As he has been adjusting to his new career away from the track, he has had me in deep thought. Many words come to mind to try to describe him such as, ‘soulful’, ‘wise’, ‘gentlemanly’….and many more.

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Love at First Glance

4 years ago I was in the trainer’s box when through the morning sun, I hear a horse coming up from my right. Everyone around me were chattering and catching up on news, but I didn’t say a word. My eyes were glued on this horse as he floated past.

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Since that morning, I’ve followed Prince Neff’s successful career and always made not-so-subtle hints that I was in love and to be the first in line when it was time to put him into a new career.

PrinceNeffConformRightOct52017Prince Neff (barn name Eddie) oozes class, intelligence and quiet confidence. A stable favorite of his trainer, he was well looked after and it shows. For more information go to the HORSES FOR SALE page.

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Impressive Results

First time out at Training Level in a large division, Louis started off in an excellent position, winning the Dressage with a score of 26. A couple greenie rails on turf and making up for it on a big cross country course designed by John Williams. Lou finished in 4th with a double clear and was AGAIN the Thoroughbred Incentive Program winner for all Training divisions.

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Buying Trip Sept. 22-24

New Thoroughbreds will be arriving at the farm. Many of you were on a wait list and missed out on Handsome Jake. But if you contact me now I can assist in what you’re looking to purchase.

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