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Monday, July 6, 2009

Big weekend here on the farm!

I will start with the good news from the Fourth of July weekend!

Kitty (As You Wish WF) went to the Fair Hill Starter Trials in the Open Novice division and was second - finishing on her dressage score of 33 points! Sally did another beautiful series of riding on her and it was a treat to watch them competing together. I did manage to take the video camera along and shot her dressage warm up & test, stadium and bits of cross country.
Videos -

Congratulations go out to the MacKnew family for Jessy's second place at Fair Hill in the Elementary B division! She finished on her dressage score with her NASPR pony mare, Copper! Congratulations Jessy!!!!

Jen Hoey rode her homebred/trained Adamant son, Picadilly Jim (aka Mikey) in the Beginner Novice division...what a handsome horse he is!!! Mikey is out of a Canadian Sport Horse mare that Jen's sister Sally used to compete. It is always fun to see some of the 'family' out in the ring competing! :)

The weather here in PA is cooperating at long last for haymaking! We have had a very wet spring and summer thus far, so it is with great relief we are well into the second cutting of hay. :)

Now for the sad news...we said goodbye to our beloved Savannah WF on Saturday.

Her 2009 filly Dolce Elise is thriving at 3 months of age but Savannah's condition was deteriorating rapidly and she was too unstable to stay with Dolce any longer. We were blessed with 5 frozen semen foals from her -

Dolce Elise WF,

Dream Girl WF,

Don William WF,

Windsor WF
(Janice Thompson photo)


Wyatt WF.
(Bill Alphin photo)

Dolce and her big sister will remain here with us for the time being to see who would like to be a big show horse in the future. Windsor was sold to a trainer as a yearling, Wyatt is one of my upcoming big guns and Liam is just a delightful prospect as a 2 year old.

On the family front - our heartfelt condolences go out to the Merkel-Parker clan. We were lucky to have cousins Caitlin and Ian here on the farm just a few weeks ago for a lovely visit. It is always such fun to have family here to visit the farm...Harry (the Jack Russel) was a big hit and the source of lots of laughter for all of us. Only days later their mother Melissa (and my cousin) passed away unexpectedly. So lots of cyber hugs go out to all who know the family down in NC and AL.

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