During the time that I trained and showed Harry I was also following a strict rehab schedule with Kaboom. Thankfully due to my diligent work ethic and helpful education (B.S. in Biomechanics) Kaboom was back in prime form by the spring of 2010 and he proved his soundness by finishing two Training Level Horse Trials and a full summer of hunter/jumper shows before the start of 2011.
Kaboom and I were the captains of our team “The Fantastic Four”. Winners of the 2010 Chronicle of the Horse Adult Team Championships for Mid States.
The sale of Kaboom allowed me to purchase Swain Song in the hopes of breeding my own Harry Houdini type of mount! Swainy is a 2001 TB broodmare who I bought from Kaboom’s breeder [Buddy Stidham] in April 2011 and she is now in foal to Harry Houdini’s sire, Tzigane *Pb*. Swain has been accepted into the American Trakehner Preliminary Stud Book which will allow the resulting foal to be branded and registered full trakehner. Swain is due in late April 2012.
Upon the weaning of this foal, I plan to give Swainy a year off from breeding and break her to be my own dressage horse.
In the mean time I have been riding my mother’s trail horse, Toby. We have had Toby on the farm for 7 years and for 6 of those years he has been a fat lazy paint horse. This past year Toby’s true potential was unveiled! Toby tops the leader board after dressage and usually jumps clean. We are very impressed with his achievements in eventing and schooling jumpers! Toby finished up his show year by earning 2011 NTEA Category II Points Grand Champion for Senior Riders!!
I also had a small side project to train named A Gucci Investment. “Abby” was bred for western pleasure but her owner allowed me to event her for a year. Abby finished the year in 3rd for NTEA Category II Points.
Tobys Lynx @ Greenwood Farm Fall HT and Curragh Fall Schooling HT.
I will continue to serve on the board of the USEA Area V Adult Riders and utilize my sponsors to the best of my abilities.
Abby moves to CO in March but will compete in a spring jumper circuit and a few horse trials before leaving my barn.
Toby/Mom and Abby/Me after a hard day of eventing!
Website updates are in progress January 2012. Cheers to 2012!