2017 Show Dates
Thu - DOTW started off w/ some nice hacks & cross country course rides. Then Simba fetched up for a couple fabulous rides on her grey wonders & Marvelous started our show day off w/a nice round just touching one rail down. Marnye started showing today & jumped around the A/Os on her young horse for a top ribbon & jumped a nice round in the Welcome having only the first fence down. Gem & Danny were the double clean duo finishing up 4th & 6th respectively.
Sat - Final Woodside 2017 report -Wrapped up a fun 3 weeks w/ both Danny & Gem jumping beautiful double cleans in the final GP of the circuit. Marnye jumped a lovely first round on her young horse to earn a long ribbon of her own. Goodnight w/a photo from Bellini.
Wed - Can you believe it! Only horse showing today was simply Marvelous who moved up a division & put down another double clean! Several new horses joined us this week. Everybody shows tomorrow.
Fantastic Finish to wk 2 - Christine & Linden were so smooth people thought they should be in the eq! Melly wrapped up her show by piloting both Marvelous & Cadison around in the lovely style they demonstrated the entire 2 weeks. Thx to road warriors 8 safely home this am, Marci brings 3 more tomorrow after MSRing @ Woodside AM! Home is absolutely amazing!!
Sat - Another beautiful morning here w/the ribbons of fog sneaking over the mountains for our early workouts. In the show ring Melly & Sotna wrapped up 2 weeks of completely flawless showing w/ nothing but clean fast rounds & blue ribbons! Timmy & Christine continued to forge their partnership w/ a clean round in the first class & then moved up & made their A/A debut finishing 3rd in the class . Melly & Marvelous had another lovely round also making their first outing in the A/A division. Melly's final ride of her glorious day was aboard Cadison earning not only another red ribbon for a fast clean in the competitive modified division but also taking home the long tri- colored Championship ribbon ! Jen & Johnny definitely had the best jumps of their entire excellent show, although their course did end a bit "prematurely" when they parted company on the bank! Christine & Linden had their best round of the show to conclude their outstanding 2 weeks @ Woodside & Danny jumped a smooth professional round w/ just one rail down . Special thanks to Baby Ruth for all her hacking, helping & general good cheer & it's been a pleasure having Micaela join us as well.
Big progress @ home. Sharon & Claudia made the inaugural ride the new arena today ...pictures may follow!
Fabulous Fri - Scratchy started us off w/ his best ever Hunter Derby, finishing up w/a @ long green ribbon against some pretty tough competition. Melly & Marvelous were once again truly Marvelous, earning themselves another blue ribbon. In the 1.15's Timmy brought home a red ribbon & Jen & Johnny earned themselves a green ribbon in the same class. Melly & Cadison finished up 3rd in the Modified's while Christine & Linden wrapped up our show day w/ a solid round in the A/Os!
Thu - Lived up to it's promise..after some magical sunrise riding Melly & Sotna started us off on the GP Field w/ a flawless blue ribbon round & Comet & Cento each earned blue ribbons as well. Next up Marvelous was truly marvelous jumping a simply perfect round. Jen & Johnny moved up seamlessly to the 1.15s as did Melly & Cadison who earned a red ribbon in their first ever foray into that division! Scratchy had his best ever outing in the First Yrs, earning a red & white ribbon & he's all ready for the derby tomorrow! Danny & Gem both jumped really nice rounds in the Welcome marred by just one rail w/ the same jump coming down for each of them in an unfortunate display of solidarity.
Early morning rides started at 6:30 w some serious humiliation as Haley attempted to remain aboard kooky Comet in the main hunter ring, which was followed by further humiliation with a pole lessons that Jen joined in for fun! Show day started w Jen and Johnny jumping their best round yet in the 1.10m along w frisky Marvelous who jumped around despite a brief interruption when a free dog passed through his combination. In the 1.15ms Timmy was calm and confident and the calm part cannot be said for Cadison, who was feeling excellent after a few days of rest and managed a double clean in the 1.20m. Scratchy stole the show in the green hunters, where he jumped some of his best rounds yet for a 3rd and 4th and even managed a second place in the hack!!
Wed -Started off cool & foggy w/ lots of horses hacking before they caught the 7 am ride back to DMS w/Macella & Charlie. W/Buddy @ the helm Melly & Sotna & Christine & Timmy both had beautiful trips on the GP field to start the day off, then Melly & Cadison wrapped up their week w/another nice round in the A/As & Christine & Linden made it 3 for 3 double cleans in the A/Os finishing up their week w/a long ribbon in the Classic. Jen, Haley & Baby Ruth enjoyed the wonderful facility & weather w/all the other horses & tomorrow is a " day of rest" @ the show, but work will recommence on the demilitarized zone that is DMS
Sat - Another day, another group of sunrise rides to start us off! In the GP ring Melly and Marvelous had a great team building round and Timmy and Christine had their partnership debut both in the meter warm up. Next Jen and Johnny jumped a lovely round just ticking one rail down along the way in the 1.10m, while Melly and Caddy laid down a slick speed round in the A/As for a red ribbon. Linden and Christine had yet another clean round in the low A/Os for fourth. Down below Ruthie and Caroline jumped a perfect round in the polo ring for an unknown ribbon. After some afternoon hand walks Johnny and Jen suited up for the under saddle derby preceding the GP and won a green ribbon in their fancy braids and beautiful shadbelly. Finally, Gem made his return to the GP ring jumping two lovely clean rounds for 5th, while barnmate Danny bested his time for a double clean round and a 4th place ribbon. All GP rounds are available on Facebook to watch. Final day of the Woodside circuit opener tomorrow.
Fri - Woke up to a lovely blanket of fog & started the day off w/another blue ribbon round delivered by Melly & Sotna on the GP field, followed by a very fun hunter DERBY round on Scratch (in his gorgeous braids thanks to Jen) who is definitely getting the hang of them & actually seems to be enjoying himself! Baby Ruth returned to the show ring after a two year hiatus & piloted adorable Llyvian to a fast double clean for a yellow ribbon & then rode a nearly perfect round on Sweet Caroline to finish up her show day. Melly & Cadison made their first start of the summer on the Woodside GP field & jumped around beautifully w/one rail down in the jumpoff of the A/As & Christine drove in from work w/ minutes to spare & suited up & delivered a double clean in the A/Os on Linden. Buddy & Granny jumped a few fences today & Pole lessons w/Buddy & trail rides on the cross country course kept everybody else occupied!
Thu - Favorite day of the week started off with Melly and Sotnia having perhaps their best round ever in the first class of the meters, which was followed by Melly and marvelous who was, in fact, marvelous! Jen and Johnny really hit their stride after fence 3 moving up a division in the GP ring next. Bellini is riding like she never stepped out of the show ring and had another clear round and another ribbon on Llyvian also moving up a division. Macella and Timmy also had their best round yet today and again, moved up a division (there's a pattern here). In the heat of the day scratchy showed off for Sarah who came to admire him canter around the green hunters in prep for tomorrow's 8AM (!!!!!) hunter derby. Finally both Gem and Danny stole the show with double clean efforts in the Welcome Stake for yellow and pink ribbons respectively! Baby Ruth has arrived and all others hacked about today with our traditional sunrise rides around this beautiful facility.
Wed - Cento started us off w/a quality round for a blue ribbon on the GP ring, Comet jumped around as well, & Marvelous had a lovely round his first time out for a blue ribbon of his own. Jen & Johnny had a great debut & Timmy was good for his first trip around the Woodside GP ring too. Cadison & Bunny jumped around their warm up rounds & Scratchy was a superstar in the First Year, even hacking (mostly) honorably.
Special thanks to road warrior Claudia who delivered all the unremembered items as well as retrieving Harry from the vet clinic which was his unfortunate destination after a trailering mishap en route to the show. But he is back & looking remarkably fine, which is probably a little more than we can say for Jim Butts who lost a fight w/ his golf cart & will be resting up for awhile while his broken ankle & arm & various cuts & contusions heal.
Tue - Just a lovely day in Woodside, 80 degrees w/a wee breeze & lots of happy well behaved horses. Big happenings @ DMS, maybe some pix tomorrow
Mon - Thx to everyone who made the rapid move possible. RVs all set up( complete w/Melanie's traveling raccoon family!) Charlie built a very popular pool- although clearly Audrey needs her own! And fans & shadeclothe are up, horses happy & we've got an 8am appt @ the office tomorrow!
Here’s one of many pics of the stinky, but adorable family. I think there are at least 2 babies, maybe 3……we opened up the partitions and left the doors open. Hopefully, tonight “momma” will want to take her babies out to a safe place in beautiful Woodside. If not, I will call animal control in the morning to ask for their help! Aw, the many adventures of Hank of Allie…….
6.17 Sat - Just a super day w/ Buddy @ the helm Christine & Linden put down a fast double clean for a 4th place ribbon & Micaela & Caroline wrapped up their show w/ another solid double clean while Danny finished up the day w/a spectacular round in the GP, w/ one rail marring his performance.
It's a DMS wrap & Woodside here we come
Fri - Happy Birthday Nono