Feb. 29, 2016

What a great weekend CRE had at Pine Top!

Covert Rights 1st in the CIC 3*
Escot 6 6th in the CIC 3*
Leslie Shultz's Roulette 1st in Open Intermediate A
Raise Your Glass finished his first Intermediate
Clever Deception placed 8th in Open Prelim A.

Thank you to Pine Top Farm, the officials and the volunteers for a great weekend and a successful first CIC competition! We look forward to coming to Pine Top every year!

Feb. 19, 2016

Colleen competed two horses at Paradise Farm Horse Trials today in Aiken- Your A to Z's (Pickle), a 6 year old TB gelding, owned by Pat Dale and her own Confidence Game (Conn), a 6 year old TB stallion, at Novice and Training, respectively.

Pickle had a great day for his first official recognized competition, scoring a 27.8 in dressage, having a rail down in show jumping and rocking around cross country despite a green moment at the water.

Conn had a good first two phases. He put down a respectable test for a 33 in his division and was very patient waiting for Show Jumping and dropped just a rail. However, he did not agree with the coffin jump on course and stopped out at the B element.

While they both have things to work on, their future's are bright! Colleen will be taking working students and clients cross country schooling this weekend along with some of her younger horses and will finish off next week at the CIC 3* at Pine Top in Georgia.

A big thank you to the CRE sponsors for their continued support of Colleen and her string of horses!

Romfh Equestrian Apparel, Silverleaf, CWD Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Toklat Originals, T3 & Matrix Saddle Pads, Mountain Horse USA, One K Helmets, Veredus USA, Bucas Blankets North America, VTO Saddlery, MOJO Future Tech and KJ Creations.

Feb. 16/17, 2016

Colleen participated in the Winter training sessions with USEF High Performance coaches David O'Connor and Silvio Mazzoni. She took Covert Rights, Escot 6 and Clever Deception.

David had Colleen and CR working on use the entire range of his stride, and coming forward from behind in the canter. Since dressage is as much about the small details as a showy stride, they  worked in the trot and halt to get the maximum points possible. With jumping coach Silvio, they worked on developing a better shape over the fences by using placing rails before and after the fences as well as walking full-sized jumps. 

With Monkey, David worked on developing straightness on the flat from the outside rein.

Colleen and Declan worked with Silvio on maintaining an even rhythm both over the fences and on the ground between jumps.