Welcome to Sterling, a 5 year old, 14.1 hand gelding being leased by Pam M. and Christine. Of unknown heritage, Sterling’s conformation reminds me of a Friesan – uphill, square, solid legs with feathers, easy going disposition, an amazing walk, and three good gaits. Except that he is the wrong color and too short. And he’s not talking. But we look forward to testing his mettle in dressage and eventing.
We had to say good-bye last month to Jetta who moved back to Florida and to Metro who was euthanized due to the ravages of EPM. Our condolences to Janice H. on the death of her horse. The departures left room at the farm for Mocha, an 11 year old OTTB Gelding owned by Jennifer Brown. He came the end of May and has been such a great addition. He’s easy to work around and great as a dressage lesson horse. He’s Hattie’s new boy toy as they are pasture mates and getting along great. Welcome Jenn and Mocha.
Tori Templeton competed at the LowCountry Dressage Show this past weekend on Katie Poag’s horse Freewind. She earned 62.9% and third place at First-1, 72.5% and second place at First-2, and 63.8% and 66.7% on two First Level Test Three rides. This show was Tori’s first time ever riding First Level and we are very proud of her. She has set herself a goal of qualifying for Juniors as soon as she turns 14 this summer and we believe she is well on her way.
One Tempi Farm wishes Missy Powers the best as she enjoys motherhood eventhough it meant sending Scooter and Winston back to her mothers. In their stead, we are happy to welcome Lara Warren and her very handsome gelding Z to the farm. Z, whose real name is Glynmagic Silver Zephyr is a purebred Welsh Mountain Pony bred by Lara’s mother. He’s a mini warmblood with the disposition and gaits to excel in dressage. Soon he will join Pendy in the “gray pony” pasture!
Hope Haven Farm hosted a successful Ride-a-Test clinic and show last Saturday. As the judge and clinician, I was impressed with the event’s organization, the grounds were lovely and the riders all presented very nice horses with good potential for dressage. They ranged from Intro Level to upper First Level and each rider was so receptive to my suggestions on how to improve their rides. Hope Haven is planning additional clinic/shows in March and April
We wish boarder Tori Templeton good luck, good weather and good rides at the LowCountry Dressage Show this weekend. She will be riding First Level on her way to meeting her goal of qualifying for Junior/Young Riders Championships.
The good weather held on and all participants had productive rides with Lynn Coates-Holmes today. There were 6 event riders, divided into groups for jumping from Beg. Novice to Training level and three dressage riders for flat lessons. I was thrilled with Hattie’s work today. I think she was showing off for Lynn. In the photo, Crystal Rhoad schools Sirius over a course of jumps as Lynn coaches.
The New Year brought a new horse to the farm. Jetta, a 20 year old Apx QH is owned by Lauren and Victoria Templeton. Jetta has been a great mount for her teenage rider and now gets to enjoy a semi-retirement. Tori, having place 5th at National Dressage Medal Finals last year, now has her sights set on competing in the Young Riders program. With Jetta’s arrival, we also bid goodbye to Michele and Hootie who are moving to Florida. Hootie with his treat craving antics was a “hoot” to have around.
The farm welcomed Pendleton, a Shetland/Welsh pony, and the Munster family on Wednesday. Olivia has a very sweet pony to help her learn to be an equestrian. She is working very hard to learn to ride Pendy with gentle authoritativeness. They are going to be a great team. I tried to go in the pasture to take this friendly pony’s picture, but could only get his nose in the photo as he was so curious about why I was there.
We all had a great time at the 7th Annual One Tempi Farm Christmas Party. The “Dirty Santa” gift exchange is such a hoot. Thanks to all my boarders, students, former boarders and farm friends that help make the party so much fun.