2017 Year to date

As a couple horses left, we were pleased to welcome new arrivals, Dakota, Rory and Biggie. Dakota is a sweet paint gelding leased by Tamara Ensio and learning dressage. He’s one of those good guys who will try whatever you ask of him. Rory is a young TB gelding owned by Dawn and Hayley Cyran. They are bringing him along slowly from a rather improverished life after his racing days were over. Biggie is an Iberian type bay gelding owned by Caroline Kosh. She is very pleased with his ground training and looks forward to teaching him the intracacies of dressage when he is stronger. The farm is also now home to three ponies, Penny, Rainbow, and Sha’al, who are owned by Crossrails Ministries and used in their mission to use the love of horses to outreach to disadvantaged youth in the lowcountry. Rainbow is also proving to be a school horse extraordinaire for giving dressage lessons as she is trained to First Level and just the right size for timid or young riders.

One Tempi Farm hosted a Stephen Hayes dressage clinic in March which was very well received. Boarders and several riders who trailered in appreciated two days worth of Stephen’s knowledge. Then earlier this month, the farm held an impromtu jumping clinic for boarders with Pat Schmoll, a jumper trainer from Ocala, well-known on the HITS circuit. Dakota and his catch rider Pam McCoy were both game for jumping the brick wall and lattice gate during only their third ride ever over fences. He took it all in like a pro. Hattie and an accomplished 14 year old rider soared over 4 foot spreads with ease.

Majik on his way

Tamara Ensio started leasing a former 3rd level dressage horse in September. He had fallen on some hard times and was in need of lots of TLC. I’m happy to report that he is well on his way to recovery and she took her first lesson on him yesterday. They only walked and trotted for 20 minutes but he already shows he definitely has the training to be a competitive upper level dressage mount again. Check out his photo when he arrived on 9/24 and then the one taken 4 weeks later.

Sept. 24 arrival

Sept. 24 arrival

4 weeks later

4 weeks later

Welcome Lexie, Goodbye Sunset

I always hate to see a good boarder go but we had to bid farewell to Sunset and Brittanie. Brittanie is leaving to go into the Coast Guard and her 20 year old App Sunset relocated to a retirement facility in NC where I am sure he will be much loved. I was glad to meet his new caretakers when they came down to pick him up last week. However, in his place, we welcome a beautiful paint mare Lexie, now owned by Dianne Griffin who also owns Bandit. She wanted to be able to ride the trails with her significant other Dennis, without Bandit having to ride them double. Now they each have a paint horse of their own. Lexie is a sweetie pie who gets along great with her other mare pasture mates, and Bandit is glad to share the load with his new little sister. 014

Welcome Widget

As cute GG leaves to continue her training as a hunter pony, the farm welcomes Widget, aka First Class Ticket, to fill her spot. Widget, an 11 year old Tb. mare, is owned by Jackie Grant. She’s as sweet and easy going as can be as is her owner. IMG_0320

Updates since December

I admit, I haven’t kept up with this as I should. So, here in one fell swoop is all the news (I can remember) since December. Betty Brooks and Halston moved to the farm in December. Halston is a hunk of a horse, 18 hands worth of dressage power and presence. Betty has shown him First level and is now getting ready for second level.11

Pam McCoy sent off the strands of Sterling’s tail for DNA testing and we were all flabbergasted by the results. It turns out that her gray large pony is a Holsteiner/Hanoverian/Garrano pony cross. And, here we were, guessing he was a BLM mustang. That certainly upped his cred in the pasture.

We had to bid farewell to our Bashkir Curly, Kudry, who found our humid SC weather too much. He is living a more comfortable life in northern Virginia but we still get visits from his owner Pam Cummings.

Missy and Steven Powers came to live on the farm and take over the majority of the barn work. (Bless their souls!) With them came Radscha, Missy’s Hanoverian mare whom she shares with Marissa Mangus who leases her. Missy has extensive dressage and eventing experience and is working with her young mare in dressage.radscha

Lara Warren’s pony Zephyr left to become a pony hunter and in his place are now GG and Keeper, two more Welsh ponies from her family’s breeding pony. I haven’t seen a single one that I haven’t loved – these two have great conformation, willing attitudes and lovely gaits. I may just have to get one for myself. They are bred for and excel in the “A” hunter shows. IMG_0224

Today, we welcomed our first Western rider in awhile. Dianne Griffin brought her horse, Bandit, over from the closing Whistle Stop Farm. He’s a lovely chestnut (oops, sorrel) paint which Dianne enjoys trail riding. IMG_0249

The farm is hosting its second schooling fun show for the farm’s boarders and students on March 20. There will be dressage tests of choice, stadium jumping and pot-luck lunch after all the riding is done.

Finally, on a very sad note, my FEI campaigner, Tal-Shaya, died on Feb. 6. He was 29 years old. I bought him as an untrained two year old and we rose thruough the ranks of dressage together, ultimately showing at Grand Prix. He was all I ever could have asked for.CLOSEUP_SALUTE Farewell my old friend.

Pendy receives FIRST PREMIUM Sport Pony Status

Last Sunday, the North American Sport Pony Registry, awarded Sir Pendleton a First Premium classification at his inspection. He was shown in hand, on the triangle and at liberty. The inspector commented that Pendy was a “very nice pony, suitable for dressage, with an excellent temperament. The Munster worked hard to get him ready for his inspection and should be very proud of his registration. Their 9 year old daughter Livy continues to be excited to learn dressage and jumping on her lovely pony.image2

Kudos to Pam and Sterling

Pam is so enjoying her new horse, Sterling Starship. They went to the Middleton Schooling Show on Oct. 17, for their first show together, and came home with a first place in the Tadpole CT, with a score of 28 points, as well as a third place score in a Training level dressage test. Pam is already planning to move Sterling up a division at the November CT. Let’s just hope her old campaigner, 32 year old Brigadier,doesn’t get too jealous!Stertrailer

Show Time

Crystal and Sy did the Novice Level CT (the highest CT test of the show) and Livy and Pendy premiered with a solid ride at Intro Test B, earning 2nd place at the Hope Have Dressage and CT show today. I was the judge but showed no favoritism as both riders put in good performances and earned their scores. In the photo, Livy and Pendy watch intently as Crystal and Sy get ready for the jumping phase. 100_4713