The Area 3 Championships were held at Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, GA. The show grounds along with gorgeous stadium fences and fresh cross country design were absolutely perfect.
Louis had a great outing and massively improved overall from his placing and performance in 2018. He was a superstar and really proved himself over a true championship cross country course. We finished our division in 5th and was a solid performance to be qualified for the American Eventing Championships (AEC’s) held in my home town of Lexington, KY. The Kentucky Horse Park is quite a jaw dropper.
A box showed up at the farm gate and it was from the Jockey Club. Eor The Terrific (Lou) was recognized as 2018 National Performance Reserve Champion for the Thoroughbred Incentive Program at Training Level Eventing. The award means a lot in so many ways and is important in confirming what we already know about Thoroughbreds. They’re amazing. GO Thoroughbred! GO BIG LOU!
Our friends at 4 Props Aerial, LLC were at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials shooting video of competitors on cross-country. Watch Lou (Eor the Terrific) and I ride around the Training course with a bird’s-eye view.
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The farm is pleased to announce the sale of I’m Thirtynine (Vinny) to J. Ramsey of Louisville, Kentucky. It is absolutely THE perfect match; where Vinny will go on and begin 2019 Eventing. He’s headed to the Ocala Jockey Club for the winter, then back to the sweet Blue Grass state.
The 2018 season is quietly coming to an end, and it was a great year for the farm and the horses. Eor The Terrific seems to have graduated from Junior High and has gone straight to Graduate School over the last few months. I can feel a change in him too as I ride. I’ve got a horse who feels confident and forward to the fences. His mental focus has gotten better and he doesn’t become as distracted as when he was a 5 year old.
Lou also has stayed his happy-self as our workload has increased and things have become more technical. That is so important to have continue because often horses can do the opposite as the pressure increases to perform.
We accomplished a lot for 2018 and had some great wins. I’m as optimistic as ever for 2019. It will continue to be a work in progress; but as long as I love what I do, how can I consider it work?
Little Kentucky Farm is over-the-moon happy for Des and his new owner Mary Quarles of Ketchen Place Farm in South Carolina. Mary recently lost her Thoroughbred stallion, and the addition of Des to her breeding shed cushions the loss she feels. Des has an impressive pedigree, with an emphasis of English and Irish blood. His affectionate personality and professional temperament will make for a promising addition to Ketchen Place Farm.
2015 sale prospect, Gran Duque (barn name Des) is another addition to the farm’s sales team. He has excellent potential to go any direction, and qualifies for Young Event Horse and Retired Racehorse Project.
Des is a well built youngster, along with an impressive pedigree of Irish and British racing blood. He is Florida bred by Rock Hampton, and has had 13 career starts. More information will be posted in the coming days.
Congratulations to Evera Premo on the purchase of At The Grande. The farm will continue to work with Georgio and Evera and help them develop their partnership. Its going to be an exciting journey with many years of happiness.