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October 2017 War Horse Event Series

Permalink 10/18/17 06:51, by Heather, Categories: Background

Castle Farm had a great time this past weekend at the Carolina Horse Park! Butch and I won our Novice division out of 11 other competitors, jumping double clear, and finishing on our dressage score of 27.8%! Katie Hayes and Cisco came in 2nd in a HUGE Junior Maiden division, also jumping double clear, and finishing on their dressage score of 36.8%! Katie Powell and Emily's new horse Jasper brought home a second place ribbon in Intro A, and respectable scores in both Intro A and B for Jasper's first time out! Catherine Collier and Sandi rode their lovliest dressage test, to date, in the GAG division, earning a score of 33.8%, and they jumped clean in both stadium and cross country! Jenna and Duchess joined us for their first ever horse trials, and had a blast! Jenna set the bar high in the Junior GAG division, with a solid dressage score of 36.3%, clean jumping in stadium, and just a few baubles in cross country, all of which landed her with a 4th place ribbon!  Unfortunately, this was our last horse trials of the year, but we do have a few more other events coming up.  We head to Sharon Oaks next for a schooling hunter show.  Wish us luck!

City of Oaks Hunter/Jumper schooling show, 9/23/17

Permalink 09/23/17 18:37, by Heather, Categories: Background

Castle Farm had a fantastic day at the show today!  We tried a new venue - Hope Farm in Wake Forest, and it was awesome!  Christa was our first rider up, in the Assissted division, on Cisco.  This was Christa's first time at a horse show, and she did a great job!  She has only been riding a few weeks, but she was very good at following directions and piloting her horse around the ring.  She ended up with two 4th place ribbons for her efforts!  Next up were Gracie on Pippa and Reagan on Cisco.  I'm pretty sure this was Pippa's first time at a show with a student, and she looked like a pro!  Gracie and Reagan did fabulous as well.  They were both competing in the Young Entry division, and over 12"-18" crossrails.  They were awesome at cheering each other on.  They ended up gathering a whole bunch of ribbons - Reagan earned two 1st's, two 2nd's and a 5th, and Gracie picked up two 1st's, a 2nd and two 3rd's.  Gracie also came home with the Reserve Champion honors for this division!  Our last to go was myself on Butch in the Schooling hunter division over 3' jumps.  Butch was jumping fabulously, and earned two 1st's and a 2nd!  All this, and we were all done by 2pm!  Oh, and did I mentiont that the weather was pretty great too!  We could not have asked for a better day.  Look out for us at the next event - we'll be back at the Carolina Horse Park for the October War Horse competition.  See you there!

War Horse Event Series, 9/17/17

Permalink 09/18/17 07:14, by Heather, Categories: Background

Castle Farm enjoyed a nice weekend at the Carolina Horse Park.  Ashley rode her horse Annie at the Beginner Novice horse trials, and I rode Butch in the Novice horse trials. We schooled the stadium course on Saturday, and competed on Sunday. Ashley had a lovely dressage test with a score of 30.3! However, stadium and cross country did not go so well. Annie just wasn't feeling it and they had a stop in both phases. Butch and I had one of our best dressage rides at Novice level, earning a 23.5 and starting us out in first place out of 20! However, stadium got the best of us too, and we pulled 2 rails. We did go double clear in cross country, and had a blast doing it. We finished in 8th place overall. Despite our disappointing outcomes, we still had a lot of fun this weekend!  We will be trying something new this coming weekend - a hunter show that we have never been to with the City of Oaks Hunter show series at Hope Farm.  Wish us luck!

Welcome new students and horses!

Permalink 09/02/17 07:01, by Heather, Categories: Background

Another fantastic month for Castle Farm!  We had had eight new students in the past month alone, as well as a new horse, join the family!  We would like to welcome Kennady, Megan, Liz, Rebecca, Christa, Hannah, Noah, Olive and Jasper all to Castle Farm!

Megan, Liz, Rebecca, Christa, Hannah, Noah and Olive are all brand new to horse back riding.  Noah and Olive are elementary school age, and are very excited to get to learn how to ride these awesome animals.  And how lucky they are to be able to start at such a young age!  Megan, Rebecca, Christa and Hannah are all middle school age, and are really looking forward to learning something new.  Castle Farm has a lot of students in this age range, so it's easy to make friends here while you enjoy riding horses too!  Liz is an adult, and a teacher as well.  Liz is having a great time learning something new, and she is not alone.  We have many adult riders here at Castle Farm - some who have been riding a while, but some who are beginners, like Liz.  It's a great way to decompress and get some much needed "me time" while enjoying these beautiful animals.

Kennady is the only non-beginner joining Castle Farm this month.  However, Kennady is new to huntseat riding.  She is a former saddle seat rider, but she's having a great time learning about a different discipline, and is looking forward to getting to jump soon!  Kennady represents our high school age group, which also has several students in attendance.  As you can see, there is a lot of opportunity to make friends at Castle Farm, no matter what your age, while you enjoy the company of the horses.

Finally, we want to welcome Jasper to Castle Farm.  Jasper is a 6 year old, 15.2hh thoroughbred gelding who was recently bought by Emily to be her first horse.  Emily has been riding at Castle Farm for several years, and has watched her sister work with her horses, but now she finally gets a horse of her own!  We are all very excited to see how Emily and Jasper do as they work towards eventing at beginner novice level.  By the way, there are several friends out here for Jasper to make as well :)

Portofino HT/CT/Dressage show, 8/26/17

Permalink 08/26/17 20:10, by Heather, Categories: Background

What a beautiful day in August for a horse show!  We have had some hot days recently, but today was not too bad, and nice and sunny too!  Castle Farm had two horse and rider combinations competing at the Portofino show today.  I rode Butch in the Novice HT, and Catherine rode Sandi in the Green as Grass HT.  I was up first on Butch.  We did fairly well in dressage, and started the day off with a 32%.  Next up was our stadium round, where we only had one rail down on a tight and twisty course.  Finally, we rode cross country, where we went double clear to finish with a 36% and 3rd place out of 11 entries!  Catherine and Sandi followed us in the afternoon.  They had a lovely dressage test, really improving on previous rides, and scoring 33.4%.  The went on to stadium and cross country and jumped double clear in both!  They finished on their dressage score, also in 3rd place out of 11 entries!  We all had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the day!  Keep an eye out for Castle Farm at the War Horse show in September!

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