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Sharon Oaks Hunter Schooling Show, 10/29/17

Permalink 11/01/17 07:49, by Heather, Categories: Background

Castle Farm horses and riders had a great time at the hunter show this past weekend! Gracie showed Pippa in the Mini Hunter and Beginner Hunter divisions. She earned 2 first place ribbons, 1 second place ribbon, 3 third place ribbons, 1 fourth, 1 fifth and 1 sixth place ribbons.  And she finished as the Grand Champion in the Mini Hunter division!

Sarah showed Cisco in the Beginner Hunter division.  She earned 1 first place, 2 second place ribbons, 1 fifth place ribbone, and 1 sixth place ribbon.  And she finished as the Beginner Hunter Reserve Champion!

Butch and I showed in the Open Hunter division at 3'.  Our ribbons were not that great, but we rode a bunch of courses and really got a chance to sort out some of our issues over fences.  Our last round of the day was one of the best we have ridden all year!

Sharon Oaks graciously opened up part of their covered ring so that folks could hang out under the shelter and out of the rain, so the weather did not even get a chance to dampen our spirits for the day!

Unfortunately, this was our last hunter show for the year, but, after a short winter break, we will start back again stronger than ever for 2018!

Sharon Oaks Hunter Schooling Show, 10/29/17

Permalink 11/01/17 07:48, by Heather, Categories: Background

Castle Farm horses and riders had a great time at the hunter show this past weekend! Gracie showed Pippa in the Mini Hunter and Beginner Hunter divisions. She earned 2 first place ribbons, 1 second place ribbon, 3 third place ribbons, 1 fourth, 1 fifth and 1 sixth place ribbons.  And she finished as the Grand Champion in the Mini Hunter division!

Sarah showed Cisco in the Beginner Hunter division.  She earned 1 first place, 2 second place ribbons, 1 fifth place ribbone, and 1 sixth place ribbon.  And she finished as the Beginner Hunter Reserve Champion!

Butch and I showed in the Open Hunter division at 3'.  Our ribbons were not that great, but we rode a bunch of courses and really got a chance to sort out some of our issues over fences.  Our last round of the day was one of the best we have ridden all year!

Sharon Oaks graciously opened up part of their covered ring so that folks could hang out under the shelter and out of the rain, so the weather did not even get a chance to dampen our spirits for the day!

Unfortunately, this was our last hunter show for the year, but, after a short winter break, we will start back again stronger than ever for 2018!

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!

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