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December 17, 2011

We are thrilled  to announce that our homebred gelding Valen's Prophecy and his owner Kianna Luscher ended up 2011 Zone 2 Champion for Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under.  It was their first year competing in the Juniors and what a great year it was.  We are so proud of this pair, and find it so rewarding to see one of our "kids" doing so well.  Photo of Kianna and Valen at 2011 East Coast Junior Hunter Finals.

November 6, 2011

Yesterday Dash and Carolyn competed in their last show of the year at the VADA/Nova Championship Schooling show.  Their second try at 1st level went well, with lots of 7's.  In the Training 3 Championship test they scored a 66.40%, which placed them 6th in a very large class.  It was a terrific way to end the show season.  Photo by Infocus-Equine Photography.

October 19, 2011

This past Sunday Carolyn and Barbara competed in their first ever judged pleasure ride.  It was held at the beautiful Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA and the weather was absolutely perfect.  Catty and Paks were a bit too attached during the ride, but handled the unique obstacles very well.  Everyone had a great time, and it was thrilling that both riders placed in the Novice Horse and Rider divisions.  With more practice over the winter they hope to compete in more judged rides next year.

October 15, 2011

Today Dash and Carolyn competed at the VADA/Nova Schooling show at Compass Rose Farm and did very well.  They got a score of 66% at Training 3, which qualifies them for the VADA/Nova Championship schooling show on November 5th.  They also had a successful debut at 1st level. 

October 3, 2011

Ianto, only 3 years old, went to his first show under-saddle yesterday and was terrific.  He was very well mannered and placed in all three pleasure classes he competed in.  We can't wait to get him out showing regularly next year. 

October 1, 2011

Yesterday was the East Coast Future Event Horse Championships at Morven Park, and both Jayvyn and Kaiya did splendidly.  They were so well behaved, and showed beautifully for the judges.  Kaiya received wonderful comments and scores, including a 7.8 on her walk.  Jayvyn incited lovely comments as well, including attractive horse, strong topline, strong angles, and clear rhythm.  Photos by GRC Photo.

September 18, 2011

At the VADA/Nova schooling show yesterday Carolyn and Dash continued to excel by winning both of their classes at Training level. 

September 12, 2011

The VADA/Nova Fall show this past weekend went wonderfully.  Carolyn and Dash did well in all their classes, including 3rd place out of 12 in their first attempt at Training 3.  They also earned the final two scores required for a USDF All-Breeds Award.   

August 7, 2011

Dash and Carolyn had a great showing at the EEMI licensed dressage show at Morven Park yesterday.  In their Training Level Test 2 class they ended up 6th in a huge class.  Now back to work to prepare for the next show in September.  Here is video of their Training 2 test.  Photo by Pics of You.

July 31, 2011

The VADA/Nova breed shows went well this weekend, and we couldn't be happier with how well Kaiya and Jayvyn handled the show and staying over for two nights.  Both got good comments from the judges.  Now they will get a break before the FEH Championships at the end of September.  Photo of Kaiya by Pics of You.    

July 26, 2011

The BWP Keuring went really well yesterday.  Jayvyn got a great score of 76 and judge Boudewijn Schepers commented on his good top line and nice walk. 

July 16, 2011

The MDHT Future Event Horse competition went wonderfully yesterday.  Jayvyn placed 1st in a tough 2 year old colt/gelding class, and ended up with the 3rd highest score of the day out of 26 entries.  He got some great comments from the judge, including a heavy muscled horse, lovely face, nice long withers, strong loin connection and nice character.  Next up for Jayvyn is the BWP 2 year old futurity on July 26th.  Photos by GRC Photo.


June 26, 2011

Yesterday Carolyn and Dash competed at the VADA/Nova schooling show at Compass Rose Farm.  They got a 65% at Training 2, and good remarks at their first attempt at Training 3.  They received nice comments from both judges, including lovely moving horse, make a really attractive pair.  Now July will be spent working hard to prepare for the next show, which will be a licensed show at Morven Park the first weekend of August.

June 20, 2011

At the Dressage at the Meadow Breed Show this past Saturday Jayvyn and Kaiya did very well.  They were both very well behaved, and showed wonderfully.  Kaiya received great comments, includeing elegant type and clear rhythm.  Jayvyn got good remarks including smoothly connected and solid riding horse type.  Next up is a FEH competition for Jayvyn on July 15th, and then they both will go to the VADA/Nova breed shows the end of July.  Photos by Pics of You.                                                                                           


June 8, 2011

This past weekend was Carolyn and Dash's second licensed dressage show, which was again at Morven Park.  They did well, with placings of 4th and 5th in large classes at Training level.  Now they will spend the next couple months working diligently with Kelly Weatherhead in anticipation of their next licensed show the first weekend of August. 

Photo by Pics of You

May 22, 2011

The PVDA Spring Show went splendidly yesterday.  It was Carolyn and Dash's first time ever competing in recognized dressage classes.  In Training 1 they scored 61.25% good enough for 5th place in a large class.  In Training 2 they earned a BLM Championship qualifying score of 66.79% and placed 6th in a very large class.  Next up is the VADA/Nova Summer Show in two weeks.  Video from yesterday to come soon.

Photo by Pics of You

May 16, 2011

The Morven Park history trail ride yesterday was quite a blast.  Barbara and Carolyn thorougly enjoyed riding on such a lovely day, and the historic stops along the ride were very interesting.  It was also quite exciting for them to be able to ride right in front of the Governor's mansion.  Catty and Paks were very well behaved on the ride, and handled all the different sites wonderfully.  A couple photos from the ride below.


May 2, 2011

Kaiya went to her first show yesterday, the Future Event Horse Competition at Greystone Farm and did great.  She was very well behaved, and showed nicely infront of the judge.  She placed 3rd in the yearling class.   She got great comments and terrific scores from the judge including a 7.8 on her walk and an 8.0 on her trot. We are really looking forward to her next show, which will be Virginia Summer Dressage at the Meadow in June.

April 22, 2011

Well this past Sunday was almost a horrible day for us here at Ash Knoll Farm, but luckily what looked to be an absolutely dire situation ended with a miracle.  Catty and Carolyn went to a cross-country clinic down at the Kelly's Ford Equestrian Center, and after the clinic was over, while being untacked Catty got away, and ran down to the swollen Rappahannock River and jumped in.  Carolyn watched as Catty got swept down the river out of site.  After four terrifying hours of no sign of her, they got a call that she had been spotted 1.5 miles downstream, standing in the river.  Amazingly with the help of Richardsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the Little Fork Large Animal Rescue Team, and local resident Al Charles she was safely rescued.  She was a bit dehydrated and had a couple scratches, but for being in the river over four hours, this was far better than expected.  She was put on antibiotics for a few days to insure she didn't get pneumonia, but it looks like she will make a full recovery.  Here is a photo of her in the river where she was spotted, and you can see her blaze and her saddle pad.  This is a news story on the ordeal, and this an editorial.  We are beyond thankful that she is ok, and are still wondering what she was thinking to jump in that river.

April 16, 2011

Despite the very rainy conditions today, Carolyn and Dash headed out to their first show of the year at the Morven Park Benefit Schooling Show and did well.  They placed 3rd out of 6 in Training 2 with a score of 63.21%.  We are really looking forward to the first recognized show of the year in May at the PVDA Spring Show at Morven Park.  Thanks so much to Kelly Weatherhead for coming out in the yucky weather to coach us.

March 16, 2011

February was a bit of a quiet month for us with the weather, but now with spring here we are getting ramped up for the show season.  Carolyn and Dash have been working hard in lessons with Kelly Weatherhead to be ready for dressage shows in April.  Catty is slowly being brought back into work after being off to have a baby, and hopefully she will be out competing in eventing and jumpers this summer.  Ianto is continuing to do well under-saddle, and Jayvyn and Kaiya are getting prepped for in-hand shows later this spring.  We are looking forward to a wonderful show season!

January 25, 2011

Carolyn recently went to Belgium to attend the BWP Stallion approvals and had a wonderful time.  She also got to tour several large breeding farms, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the youngsters, mares and stallions at the lovely farms.  There are so many wonderful horses in Belgium in such a small area it's almost mind boggling.  Below are a few photos from the trip.


January 16, 2011

While this winter has been quite cold, we are still trying to work with the horses when possible.  Yesterday we continued working with our homebred 2008 gelding Ianto (Torino / Gottloewe) under saddle, and he was just wonderful, including for his first time out in the big field.  With his lovely temperament and athletic ability he should go far.  A couple photos from the ride below.


January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!  We are looking forward to a wonderful year here at Ash Knoll Farm.  Wrapping up last year a few of our horses earned year end awards for 2010.  Jayvyn (Gatsby / Gottloewe) earned the Certificate of Merit with the Belgian Warmblood Association for Future Event Horse, and Ianto (Torino / Gottloewe) earned the Certificate of Merit for Dressage Breeding.  Scarlett Apple xx (Press Card / Val De L'Orne) earned the Regional Dressage Award in the North American Series with the North American Thoroughbred Society. 

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