With how wet everything is from the snow melting today and more snow/rain coming on Friday night and Saturday, we are going to delay the jumper show another week. Sorry for the delay, but we need to have the parking area and warm up arena useable. Thanks for understanding and we hope to see you next weekend! And we hope the weather finally cooperates!!!
Due to the weather, we are delaying the jumper show until Saturday Feb 16th. Please spread the word to anyone you know coming and we hope to see you next weekend! Thanks!
Check out this link for all the info on the ICP Symposium in Ocala with Yogi Breisner, Linda Zang, and David O’Connor!
Our last jumper show was a great success! Big thanks to everyone that helped out and came to it! It was tons of fun and we had great weather for it! Hopefully, we will have just as good weather for the next one! Fingers crossed as I am typing that and it is 20 degrees out today with a wind chill of 5 degrees……
It’s the same info as before- show will be weather permitting, so please check if you are unsure. We need to be able to have parking and warm up outside. Classes are $15 each and there are 2 classes at each level. Show starts at 9am. We will not start the 3ft class before 1pm. We want this to be a fun and learning experience for all horses and riders so it is no problem if you need a lead, something lowered, need coaching, etc.
Food will be available on grounds and we are also planning to have a consignment table of things for sale. Feel free to call any of us if you have more questions. See you all there!!!
Class 1 and 2- poles
Class 3 and 4- 18inch to 2ft
Class 5 and 6- 2ft 3
Class 7 and 8- 2ft 6
Class 9 and 10-3ft
Class 11 and 12- 3ft 3
Class 13 and 14- 3ft 6
Class 15- 3ft 9 ( if interest!)
Our new logo gear is here! Down jackets, fleece jackets, soft shell jackets, vests, and long sleeved polo’s!
Well, I guess if the world does come to an end tomorrow with the ending of the Mayan calendar cycle, we will go out in style at least !!!
Anyone that missed out ordering something, contact me as I will be placing another order soon I am sure! Everything turned out great!
Hope everyone can join us for our jumper shows this winter! They will be on Saturday Jan 5th and Saturday Feb 9th- weather permitting of course! If you are unsure because of the weather, feel free to call any of us to find out if we are having the shows. Plans will be for the shows to be indoors with warm up outside for the most part. We will have some breaks that we will allow people to warm up in the indoor as well. Cold will not be a problem, but we need to be able to have a majority of warm up outside ( as well as parking!) so the weather has to cooperate some to make these shows happen! These will be low key, fun shows with good courses for all levels- from beginners doing poles to the seasoned competitors doing the 3 ft 6. If there is interest, we can have a class or two higher than 3 ft 6 – just let me know! Casual attire is fine- just make sure you have an approved helmet. If your horse has problems at a fence, we will put the fence down and help you school over it. If you can’t remember your course, we will tell you where to go. We want everyone to have a positive learning experience and have fun! We are hoping to have some refreshments available- coffee, hot chocolate, soda, water, as well as some food. Shows will start at 9am. Remember to bring a current coggins! If you need a release form prior to the show- email us and we can send you one. Classes will be $15 each. Hope to see everyone there!
Class List for Sat Jan 5th and Sat Feb 9th
1 and 2- poles
3 and 4- 18inch to 2ft
5 and 6- 2 ft 3
7 and 8- 2ft 6
9 and 10- 3ft
11 and 12- 3ft 3
13 and 14- 3ft 6
Destination Farm had a great show season with our riders competing in everything from starter events to CCI’s! Many goals were met, many ribbons were won, and many plans for next year were made.
Melissa had a great season with Starstruck. They completed a spring CCI*, successfully moved up to intermediate, and ended the year with a CCI**. Qual Cat started his eventing career this spring and moved up to training level this fall, while finishing in the ribbons at every outing. Fun Again started off his eventing career at the novice level and is preparing for more next year.
Natalie got her youngsters started going and has high hopes for them for the future! Rio is preparing to start competing next year by going to schooling shows this winter. Pumpkin and Rowdy are getting started under saddle currently. They are both outstanding movers so we have high hopes for their future as well!
Suz has a new horse, Poe, that she is getting ready to compete next year. He is super talented and has a bright future also! Korbin is continuing to be a great teacher and schoolmaster for many of her students.
Our students have had a great year as well at our new place! Ed had a successful year at training level with Grenada and with Parker at novice. Both horses will be looking to move up the levels next year. Corinne had many wins ( and placed 3rd for prelim YR in area 2) with her awesome horse, Goose, at the preliminary level and also got her young horse, Calib, out and starting his eventing career at BN and N. Corinne and Goose will have their sites set on NAYRC in the future and Calib will be looking at training level next year. Alex and Ricki moved up to novice and were in the ribbons consistently. They will be looking to move up to training level next year.
Annie and Willmore had a successful season at training level and will be looking to add more miles at that level next year – with thought towards prelim with this talented youngster. Lara and Foxy moved back up to training level and were in the ribbons. They will be looking to get more miles at this level and also start thinking about prelim as well. Cydney and Jasper were successful at BN and will be ready to go novice next year. EJ and Connie had a great year at BN and moved up to novice successfully. They will be looking to continue at novice next year. David and TJ are spending the winter hard at work preparing for next year and hoping to be ready to move up to the training level in the spring.
Jessica is doing great with her young mare and they will be looking to move up to novice in the spring. Elena and Emily are both doing great taking out Sophie to events at BN. Melinda is back in the saddle and jumping again and will be preparing to get out with Unique next year. Sandy and her mare had a successful year at training level. Erica and Kobi were successful with a move up to novice this year. Mike and Prada started getting out to events and schooling shows and will be planning for more next year. Jeff got Carlos out eventing and going successfully at the training level. Chloe and Mystica moved up to novice successfully and will be working towards training level. Jenny got her mare, Dance, out to her first competition, while also continuing to work with her other horse, Cooper, at the novice level.
All in all, a successful year and we can’t wait for next year! Look for spring competition schedules to be coming out soon!
I’ve been recently thinking about things I am thankful for with it being Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that I have boarders telling us to “quit having so much fun at work” when we are laughing together in the barn aisle way. I am thankful to have two amazing friends for business partners and to have started such a successful business together that only looks to be getting better and better every month. I am thankful for the support of so many good friends and family members. I am thankful that we have so many amazing clients and horses to work with daily. I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue our dreams and start our own business together. Things could not be going any better really! I now have a job/business that I love going to every day and it is so enjoyable that it is hard to get us to take our day off weekly that we try to force ourselves to take! I am thankful for a wonderful staff that works hard, treats the horses as their own, and deeply cares about the horses and people that board there. I am thankful that when I am out of town or take a day off that I know my horses and clients are well cared for as if I am there- and I know that is something that the other two business partners are very, very thankful for as well! I am thankful that with three of us doing this together, we will not get burnt out and will have time to have a “real life” and other outside interests when we choose to do so. I am thankful for so many nice horses to ride- of my clients and of my own thru the help of Phyllis Dawson and of my longtime supporter/owner Virginia Benz. I am thankful that so many of my students are making such great progress with their horses and reaching their goals. And that if they have not reached them yet, they are hard at work on the road to getting there! I am thankful that our clients and boarders are like family to us and that everyone pitches in to help out or be there for someone when it’s needed. I am thankful that my students do not hate me for insisting that it is “no stirrup november”! Actually they are taking it on as a mission to improve their position. I am thankful that when something happens like Hurricane Sandy, our clients show up and chip in to help in every aspect that they can. I am thankful for all the yummy food that our clients bring to the office daily that we eat ! I am really saying that I am thankful for Destination Farm. It is a wonderful place and has brought so much happiness to me and to so many other people. I hope we continue to do so in the future for all of us and for many others!!!
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More updates coming soon from the busy fall eventing season we have been having!
Since we opened in May, it has been a couple of very busy months for us! Our barn is now almost full- we have one open stall and one more that will open up when a student goes away to college in the fall. We have been cleaning, painting, organizing, buying, and repairing everything for the farm along with competing, training, teaching and getting everything ready for our open house and ICP assessment. I’m so proud to say we did get everything done in time and that everything ran smoothly for both events!
We had a great open house day despite the little bit of rain- it had been so hot, that it felt great! ICP was this past week and was co-hosted by Carolyn Mackintosh of Loch Moy Farm and Maryland HT. Carolyn graciously agreed to let us use her competition course for the XC lessons. MANY, MANY THANKS!!! We are also happy to announce that Suz passed her USEA ICP Level I- Training certification and will be preparing for taking her Level II in the future! Now our farm has 3 ICP Instructors!
Our open house was set up where people could bring their horses and do schooling jumper rounds over our newly painted show jumps. Many people took advantage of this! We also had DCP Photography and Equine Synergy Bodywork on hand with displays and demo’s of their work. Big thanks to David and Cyndi for supplying this!
Amazingly, with all of this going on and settling into a new place, we actually have all gotten out and competed a lot! Caroline Muller, who was a new addition to our barn recently, won the novice at the first MD HT and then moved up to training level at the 2nd one with a great go. Annie Horrigan also moved up to training level successfully. Corinne Frankel continued to have a successful spring season winning the prelim at Waredaca and Seneca, placing 6th at Surefire, and 2nd at Maryland HT. They are on their way to a CIC* and CCI* this fall. Ed Baker has had many great outings with both of his horses and has plans for the training level 3 day this fall. Lara Miller just started getting her horse out again and is hoping to move back up the levels soon. EJ is just back from having her daughter and hopes to be out again competing this fall. David is just getting back going with things as well after they had their daughter and will be out competing again soon. Chloe just moved her horse up to novice recently. Melissa was 8th at the CCI* in may and moved Jarmin up to Intermediate at Seneca in June. They go to Millbrook next week and hopefully to a CCI** this fall. Alex moved her horse up to novice with a great go as well at MD HT. Charlotte moved her horse Ham up to prelim at Seneca and also took Mardi training level at waredaca to finish 3rd. Congrats to Charlotte on her purchase as well! Cydney went out BN with Jasper and has been schooling training so we will see her moving up soon too! Suz and Natalie both have some nice young horses they are working on bringing along but not competing much yet. Corinne also just bought a lovely 4 yr old that will be starting out this summer. Melinda is healing up well from her fall and looks forward to being in the saddle again soon. Ann and Brenda are getting their horses outside and out of the ring so much more this summer and having a blast riding. So yes, it has been a busy summer!!!
Now that the open house and ICP are over, we are looking forward to a little bit of a break ( if even only a week!) and then getting ready for fall events! Natalie and Suz are also running a mud dog 5k this weekend and are doing the Super Spartan in august and a Tough Mudder in September. This is all by influence of our good friend Kerry Blackmer….. hopefully, they survive! Well that was a quick run down but covered most everything that has been going on. Hopefully now we can keep everyone up to date more often! Certainly will try!