Sunday, August 29, 2010

Horse trials, goodbyes, and hellos

Summer is coming to an end, and this year the change in seasons means a couple of things. First of all, it means that our first USEA-recognized horse trials is coming up. Entries are now being accepted for the October 9 competition, which will offer beginner novice through training-level. Hacking around the farm, I’ve noticed not only the beautiful new jumps that are being constructed, but also all of the hard work that’s being done to ensure that the footing is excellent. Everyone involved in the preparation for the horse trials is determined to make our first recognized competition a success, and from the looks of things, it’s going to be fantastic.

Speaking of getting involved, our volunteer coordinator, Janet Sinclair, is well into the recruiting phase for any and all volunteers. Horse experience is preferred, but there are always jobs for the non-horsey set. You’ll receive a t-shirt, lunch, and the privilege of telling your grandchildren that you were a part of Course Brook’s first recognized horse trials! Volunteering is a great way to learn about our sport and to support its growth. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Janet at

For many families, September means it’s time to go back to school, and at Course Brook we’re sad to say that three of our favorite people will be heading off to college. Kendra and Dash have already departed for Pennsylvania, where Kendra will be studying at Gettysburg College and Dash will be continuing her education in eventing. They had a great summer season, and I’m sure they will continue to shine in their new home.

Samantha will be heading to study in Seville, Spain, for three months before beginning college in Miami, Florida. We’re going to miss her, and we’re all pretty jealous, too.

Elena is leaving for Stanford in a few weeks, although we did tell her we would be happy to grant her a BA in tack cleaning and horse care if she wanted to stick around. Surprisingly, she didn’t take us up on the offer, but I’m sure she’ll get something out of her time at Stanford.

We’re going to miss all three of them, and hope that they will come back and visit us frequently (and in Sam’s case, bring us some nice souvenirs from Spain). Good luck to all of you!

To end on a positive note, we’re very happy to introduce Payton and Paige, who have moved to the area from Maine. They bring with them their two lovely event horses, Sam and Ben. Also hello to Brianna and Chunky Monkey, who is--despite what his name implies--a lovely dark bay thoroughbred without an obvious weight problem. Welcome!


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