Thursday, June 13, 2013

In Full Swing

There’s so much going on around the farm that I’m not sure where to start… The summer calendar is full of exciting events and clinics at CBF and I have a feeling that the pace isn’t going to slow until we’re all standing around the inevitable cake to celebrate Erika’s birthday and another successful fall recognized horse trials in October.

Stephie doling out the instructions. Photo by Lauren Murphy.

As usual, everyone had a great time at our annual Stephie Baer Memorial Day clinic and BBQ. Thank you to all the riders who attended and especially to Stephie, who apparently has endless reserves of energy! This is always one of our favorite events and this year’s didn’t disappoint. 

In case you couldn't tell, Jess's schoolmaster used to be an upper-level horse. Photo by Lauren Murphy.

CBF's Jenn and Cherokee on their way to a blue ribbon in our second spring combined test. Photo by Lauren Murphy.

Coming up next weekend is the third and final combined test in our spring series. We’ve got some great prizes for end-of-series champion and reserve champion horse and rider pairs. All you need to do to qualify is to compete in at least two of the three shows (and do well in them, of course). We’ve been really lucky with the weather for the first two, so let’s hope that luck holds for the last. We’ll be celebrating the end of the series with a BBQ down by the pool, so whether you’re competing, spectating, or volunteering (speaking of… contact me at if you’re available), please join us. Click here for entry information. 

Ari and AC made the show jumping in our second combined test look easy. Photo by Lauren Murphy.

One of the stipulations of Lauren giving me photos is that I always include a pic of her horse Ami.

In July, we are excited to host our first annual adult riders’ camp, July 5-7. Whether you are a seasoned eventer, have just started eventing, or just want to try something new, you will benefit from the instruction over the course of three days offered by three fantastic instructors: CBF instructors Erika (Hawkes) Hendricks and Stephie Baer, as well as dressage trainer Rachel Markels-Webber. Each instructor will cover one of the three phases of eventing. Daily unmounted lunch and lecture sessions will also be held. To qualify you must be able to jump at least 2’. Entries are open now, so see our shows and clinics page for more info.
Nici and Stephie were trying out the new xc jumps before they were all even unloaded

Those of you who follow us on Facebook will already know that we recently received a shipment of twelve new training and prelim-level cross country jumps from jump builder Eric Bull out of Virginia. I can’t tell you how excited we are to upgrade our course with these jumps so that we can continue to improve what we have to offer our boarders as well as those who come for shows and clinics. If you haven’t had a chance to see (jump!) them in person, they are not to be missed.

Our twelve new jumps arrive

Finally, speaking of cross country, there will be a special feature blog post later this month covering a major improvement to our cross country course. I don’t want to jinx us, so you’ll just have to wait until then…

-- Casy

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