2015 was marked by new beginnings. I immersed myself in the study of nutrition and microbiota health, for both people and our equine friends. You can read a bit more about this here. We welcomed Rachael Clawson and her beloved Domino to Blue Waters. Rachael serves as Stable Manager at Hassler Dressage. We also welcomed back Cory (Gregory) O’Connor and Wylie. Cory was a long term intern at Blue Waters and is now a very successful professional trainer and owner of Elimika Sport Ponies. We welcomed Teri Beste’s, Dubonnet into our training program and Lynn Schriver and Kara Buttimer into our teaching program. We all benefitted immensely from biweekly long line clinics with Richard Malmgren. Although he and his wife JJ Tate, have relocated to South Carolina we will be continuing with monthly clinics in 2016. Martina enjoyed a great show season with her homebred Cordialle at Training and First Level. Kara Buttimer won big with her beloved Abigail at Training Level and also found a new passion for fox hunting. The New Year also gives us the opportunity to celebrate the successes of our offspring and their owners. Here are some of the highlights:
- BW-Tristan (Tantris x Another Gel) is now serving as a much loved schoolmaster to Mary Powell after a successful F.E. I. career under professional trainer Colleen Gray. Together they earned high score at 1st level with a 66.6%.
- BW-Coriano (Contucci x Ariane -/*/*) together with Sarah Crowley, earned top placings at the HJEO 2015 Fall Finale in Adult Amateur Hunter and Equitation classes.
- BW-Forte (Festrauch x SPS Danina) is building a new relationship with professional trainer Leslie Bean Bates. Together they scored a 65.3% at PSG at NCDCTA Labor of Love
- BW-Randino (Royal Prince x SPS Danina) and Donna Davies continue their progression through the levels earning 66% at 2nd/3
- Tiamo’s Royal Reid (Tiamo Tracadero x SPS Danina) and professional trainer Ken Borden scored numerous top placings at TL3 and 1st3 with scores up to 71%
- Zahra La Zingara (Royal Appearance x Bit A Luck -/*/*) and professional trainer Caitrin O’Shea enjoyed high placings at Training Level and graduated to Preliminary Level eventing.
- Faberge Blue (Contango x Kroniek U) was named 2015 First Level USDF Reserve Champion Horse of the Year and 2015 Adequan/USDF Champion for KWPN of North America Inc.-Open Division-First Level under Michael Bragdell. Faberge Blue is owned by Lara Mitchelson.