Giving Honor To Whom Honor Is Due

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The weather may be dreary, but my spirit is brightened when I reflect on our client’s victories in 2014.   All three of Kroniek’s offspring, bred while on lease to Lazy J Sporthorses, had a fruitful year in the show ring.  Faberge Blue by Contango (owned by Lara Mitchelson ) debuted and won at training level under Michael Bragdell with scores to 78.4%.  Full brothers Grafiet Gabriel and Hancock by Rousseau, earned 8th and 10th place respectively in the Dressage at Devon breed show making their owner Cindy Mattern very happy!

Not to be outdone, full sisters BW-Callista and BW-Corabelle by Contucci and out of Ariane -/*/*, also strutted their stuff in grand fashion.  BW-Callista (owned by Leslie Valente) laid down solid PSG tests under Jen Griger, at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby and the Global Dressage Festival with scores to 65.3%.  BW-Corabelle and her new owner Elizabeth Richards, debuted at Training Level and brought home a High Score Oldenburg award.

BW-Randino (Royal Prince x SPS Danina) continued his winning ways under Donna Davies earning scores to 70.4% at First Level.  BW-Reganino (Regazzoni x SPS Danina), under Emily Alvarez and owned by Anne Maffey, won more blues in the 3’ Children’s Hunter 15-17 division, than I can list.  Tiamo’s Royal Reid (Tiamo Trocadero x SPS Danina) is continuing to develop beautifully under Ken Borden.  Cappuccino Royale BW (Contucci x SPS Danina ) flourished under Debra MacMillan’s stewardship. This lucky boy will be living in Bermuda next winter, with his new owner Kathryn Maderios.

BW-Tristan (Tantris x Another Gel) at the grand age of 18, continued to dance down center line at PSG and I1 under Colleen Gray.  Zahra La Zingara (Royal Appearance x Bit A Luck -/*/*) and Caitrin O’Shea moved up to Training Level and laid down solid runs at Silverwood Farm Horse Trials, Otter Creek Fall Horse Trials and Hagyard Midsouth Three Day Event and Team Challenge.

We had the great privilege to present three of our client’s horses at Dressage at Devon all of which showed their great character and exciting potential.  Waterford Blu, owned by Leslie Valente, showed beautiful relaxation and lofty steps, earning 5th place in the Yearling Colts and Geldings class.  Doxology, owned by Teri Beste, was the epitome of grace, and brought home 8th place in the Fillies of 2014.  Wassail, owned by Lynn Schriver, showed her beautiful type in the Fillies of 2014 class.

They say it takes a village and I could not agree more!  I thank Martina for keeping the barn running so smoothly; our farriers, Jim Salve and Desmond Hewitt for keeping our horses comfy on their feet and our vet Jenny Wright for keeping everyone healthy.  I thank body worker and horse whisperer, Donna Kurylak for working all the kinks out.  Richard Malmgren, Emily Craig Donaldson, Michael Bragdell, Roddy Strang and John Beachel helped me take big strides forward in Raina and Raphael’s training.