This Sunday, December 2nd,
is our first annual Jumpapalooza event. This will be a fun afternoon
of jumping exercises and games in the ring. Group times are at
11:30, 1:00, and 2:30. If you haven't already signed up give Paul
a call and he will find the best group for you. Snacks and refreshements
will be provided, so bring parents, friends, and spouses to join
Park Horse Trials - October 5-6
Park hosted the Area II championships and CWF riders really did
great. The star of the weekend was Byron Poindexter and MAC in Vegas
in the Training Championships where they finished on their dressage
score and took home 6th place. This was a tough division against
all the Pros so a big congratulations to Byron! Sophia Fricke and
Wild Trip also finished in 6th place in the Young Rider Preliminary
Championships with a beautiful clear show jumping and clear XC jumping
round. Haley Carspecken and Denver's Da Vinci competed in the Jr.
Training championship in only their second training outing, and
although they had one stop on the XC, Haley rode fantastic and is
really looking comfortable at the level. They finished in 12th.
Colleen McKitrick and Rocmaster had an improved show jumping round
and had an unfortunate slip off the corner out of the water, but
other than that stormed around the Intermediate XC and finished
in 15th place. Tori Long and All That Jazz had a great day as well
and finished 10th in the Intermediate B division. Their dressage
is really improving so watch out for this pair next season. Pat
Palmer and and Flight Risk finished their first Novice in 5th place
and looked terrific in each phase. Erin Durst and Salute the Captain
finished in 10th in the large Novice Championship division. I'm
sure I missed a few people, but I was please to see all riders looking
good. Send me your pictures from the event and I'll get them posted
on the web site.
Valley Horse Trials - September 15-16
weather was perfect this past weekend and Seneca did a great job
of aerating the footing for the horses as well. Some highlights
from the weekend are that Grace completed her first preliminary
event with a beautiful double clean show jump and a clear XC with
some time to finish in 8th place in the Open Preliminary division.
She really was fantastic and handled it all like horse well beyond
her 5-years of age. The entire CWF team is excited to see her continue
to improve. Kristy and Mia also competed in their first preliminary
event together and had a fabulous clear XC round to finish in 4th
place in the Preliminary rider division. Well done! DeAnna rode
Pickle in his first event this fall and he was fabulous in all three
phases to finish 2nd in the Beginner Novice Horse division. Well
done to all. Results of all the CWF riders can be found on the results
page. If you have pictures from the weekend, send them to me and
I'll add them to the web site.
& Future Promise (Mia)
& True Grace
& Pickle (Davinci)
& Mia over the skinny
through the water
II - by Colleen McKitrick
a day will go by when I won’t miss my grumpy old man. With
his wisdom and patience, Connor was the best teacher I’ll
ever have. He seemed to have an endless number of lessons to teach
of the most important things Connor passed on to me was the love
of our sport. When Connor and I walked or pranced or even reared
into the start box, it didn’t matter if it was raining or
sunny. It didn’t matter what our dressage test had been like,
or how many rails we had in show jumping. From the moment we heard
the starter begin his countdown, all that mattered were the coming
5 minutes of pure, eye-streaming, breathtaking, heart-pounding fun
that we got to share on cross country. We took a death-defying journey
around one of the world’s most dangerous sports, and loved
every minute of it. And I loved it because of him.
Connor took so much joy in these outings, whether he was galloping
around a 1-star course or loping around the Novice. He knew his
job and loved what he did, and I thank him every day for passing
that love on to me. I wish I had been with him for his final countdown
this morning, but I couldn’t accompany him out of the box
Thank you for everything, Connor. It’s been a great ride.
Connor - September 10
we sadly say good bye to Connor II, a long time member of the Champagne
Wishes Farm team, and for those of us lucky enough to know him-
a member of our family. At age 19, Connor suffered a broken leg
in the field- the day after jumping double clean around the training
level horse trial at Loc Moy with the same joy and willingness he
showed as a 4 year old.
Connor defined the phrase “a good horse is a good horse!”
To those of us who knew him, he was a great horse. His greatness
did not stem from boundless physical ability, nor by sensational
results, but from a combination of courage, willingness, wisdom,
and sense of fair play that imbued him with a certain nobility of
character –or more simply “Heart”. His Heart allowed
to overcome his physical short comings, and endeared him to generations
of his owners and riders. Connor’s career spanned more than
a decade and a half, and included a CCI***, 3 CCI**, and 3 CCI*
all long format. During that time he earned a team Gold Medal at
the NARYC and was the PHR Intermediate Horse of The Year. By far
his greatest achievement was the tolerant education he provided
his many riders over the years.
Something about his Heart meant getting to know Connor somehow always
meant becoming part of his family. He was my brother - working together
to jump around Advanced. He was my student’s father- guiding
them around their first Intermediate. He was finally, a wise old
grandfather – patiently teaching another generation the ins
and outs of Eventing. To say Connor was a “good” horse
is so absurdly lacking- but I don’t know if there are any
words that really could justly describe him.
He is loved and will be missed by all his extended family.
you Connor. - Paul
and Denver's Da Vinci
to the right was featured in the the August 13th issue of the Chronicle
of the Horse on page 48-49. The Picture capture from the Chronicle
Carspecken and Da Vinci topped open novice, division 2, and helped
the Midsouth/Virginia scramble team win the novice eventing championship."
We have a new
member in the CWF family. Grace is a 5-year old English TB cross
owned by the Blue Bubbly Group. We have big hopes for her and can't
wait to see her develop. She will be competing at the Training level
at Seneca and we hope to get some picture of her to share soon.
Cross Country Clinic - June 9-10
The XC clinic
at the Rubicon farm was a great opportunity for everyone to get
their horses out and practice over great terrain and beautiful fences.
Everyone should be ready for Seneca this coming weekend. It was
a lot of fun to see the baby horses learn and negotiate new fences
and it is always great to see the more experienced horses have a
blast running and jumping over bigger obstacles. A special thank
you to Pat for keeping me organized and to Sheryl or Eric Williams
for allowing us to school at their beautiful farm.
Moy Starter Horse Trials- April 15
What a beautiful
day we had this past Sunday for the Loch Moy Starter Horse Trials.
The CWF crew was out in force and all the horses did great. Some
of the highlights were Myra moving up to Training level with Connor
and finishing in 7th; Allie and Erin both did fantastic in the Jr.
Training and tied for 3rd place; and Blue ribbons were brought home
by Cameron Rouse & Summery Berry in the Jr. Novice and by Sandy
Felker & Tropical Image in the Novice. Well done to all. Results
of all the CWF riders can be found on the results
page. A couple of nice pictures from the event are below, thank
you Lee Rouse for always getting some great shots.
& Big Love
& Big Love
of the Season Party - February 11
Thank you to
the McKitrick family for hosting a wonderful CWF Start of the Season
(SOS) potluck party. There was lots of good food/drink and great
company. It was fun to watch videos of everyone to share with the
group. Some old, some new, and all great. We are all looking forward
to a great season ahead. I didn't get any photos from the event,
but if anyone did please send to DeAnna to post on the website.
16th Cavaletti and Gymnastics Clinic I at Morven Park
Ring in the new year with a fun clinic to get you and your horse
kick started for the 2012 season. The series of three clinics to
be held at Morven will work on developing the following:
A powerful and balanced trot and canter
A round and straight jump, with correct use of the horse’s
body and legs
A balanced, effective, and harmonious rider position
An obedient, happy and confident horse
The first clinic on January 16th will combine the use of ground
poles, cavaletti, grids and single fences. Lessons will last one
hour for groups of three riders, starting from Green horses and
going up through the Eventing levels. The next two clinics will
be held on January 28th and February 18th so mark your calendars.
Paul will also offer a “Dressage Over Poles” group
for those non-jumping riders looking for something different for
mid-winter training. This lesson will focus on rhythm, power and
articulation of joints, in all three gaits.
Riders are encouraged to form their own groups (horses should be
close to the same level) in order to make the clinic a fun and lively
day! Priority will be given to riders that sign up as groups, however
every effort will be made to place single riders in appropriate
groups. Please include any information that you deem helpful in
our effort to form fun and compatible groups.
Cost is $70 per horse which includes Morven’s ring fee. Auditors
are welcome to watch at no charge.
To enter, please Email Pat
Palmer with rider’s name, horse’s
name, horse/rider experience and telephone number.