Finally! Stephanie Barger showed her new horse, Callahan! She showed beginner novice at the Meadows of Moorpark Derby. She received a 29 in dressage! A stop at the bank pushed her down to fourth place, but a great day and a great way to begin your show year!
Ted Craig is my hero! Not only did he complete his first horse trials at the March 2013 Galway event, but he did his first horse trials at Novice! Way to go! It was a pleasure to spend the weekend with him and his family! This is a picture of Ted Craig riding Goldspirit Farm's Felix the Cat, whom he showed. Video of his rides are available at: cross country at Galway, stadium at Galway, and dressage at Galway, courtesy of Ride on Video.
What a great time we had at the Meadows of Moorpark Derby on October 14, 2012. Ted Craig showed Can't Touch This (nathan) in the easy beginner novice division. Nathan is quite a challenging ride, and Ted made the jumping look easy going clean! Trainer Susan Friend LeTourneur showed her horse, Jack's Wild, in his first derby. He finished in 5th (out of 15) in easy beginner novice on his dressage score of 39.5. Way to go!
Copper Meadows Horse Trials was held on September 7-9 in Ramona California. What a great show! You can see the great rides of trainer Susan Friend and Sarah Wood at : Cross Country at Copper meadows. You can also go to the Goldspirit Farm channel on you tube!
Sarah Wood and Susan Friend also went to the El Sueno Jumper Show in Moorpark on Setpember16. What a fun show! Thank you Debbie Rosen for such a great opportunity to school jumper classes. If you have not been to an El Sueno Show; check it out! Here is the video from our jumper rounds: El Sueno Jumpers.
Wahoo to Jenna Harris and Sarah Joynt for their great rides at the Shepherd Ranch Horse Trials in Santa Ynez, California. Jenna showed her new horse, Samson, in the young rider training division. She has had Samson less than two months and completed her first horse trials with a ribbon! Jenna had a great dressage ride for a horse we were told, "does not like dressage." She had one steering issue on cross country and one mishap in stadium. Not bad for a horse that is a work in progress. Great riding Jenna! Not only has Sarah Joynt not showed in years; she has not even gone cross country schooling in three years. And yet, her great riding skills and her wonderful horse, Levi, were champs out there! Only 2.3 points out of first after dressage and cross country. The first place rider had 2 time penalties and just barely won with a 32; Sarah had a 32.3. Sarah is a winner in my book; great attitude about showing; super fun to hang out with, and a great horseperson with a wonderful horse! Thanks for the fun weekend, ladies!
Another jumper show, another great time! Ted Craig and Mona Moayer showed in their first jumper show at the Hansen Dam jumper show on June 3, 2012 Ted Craig started us off riding Felix the Cat and winning his first class! He nearly won his second class as well; but jumped clean and fast. What a pro! Check out his videos, including his go-pro-helmet cam video at our Goldspiritfarm You tube channel or our facebook page! Mona Moayer also won her first class on Callahan's Lass; she finished third in her second class. Trainer Susan Friend LeTourneur ride Callahan's Lass in the 3'3" class and won her class as well!
What a great time was had by all at the Riverview Pony Club Fund Raiser jumper show held at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center on Sunday, April 23, 2012. Megan Arp showed her horse, Atlas, in the 2' division and had 3 great riders earning her ribbons in each class. Nahmi Jones, showed Carolyn Bahr's horse Playing Hookey, in the 2'6 warm-up and the 2'9" prix. She placed fourth and second! Marla White competed with her horse, Top Gear, in the 2'6 and the 2'9" classes; she placed second in both classes! Way to go team! Trainer Susan Friend LeTourneur, brought along her newest OTTB, Jack's Wild, for the experience. Jack has not even schooled an entire course at home, and yet, he was a super star. He was the division champion...in the 18" division. It's a start! Thank you riders for your great company and good spirits!
The Flintridge Horse Trials and Combined Test was the first recognized horse show for Team Goldspirit. Jenna Harris lead the team with a win in the Novice combined test with her horse, I Can Do It (Who is for sale!). Jenna and "gavin" took a break from showing last year; this was their first outing. Way to go! Lena Bundy, shown above, rode her horse, Atlantic Roar, in their first horse trial together! Adding only 3.6 time penalties to their score; they nearly finished on their dressage score! Lena has been working hard all winter, and it showed! She had great rides in all three phases, and no jump penalties!
The Meadows of Moorpark hosted their second derby on March 25, 2012. In the pouring rain, Ted Craig competed in his first show ever with Felix the Cat. Ted had a great dressage test, earning a 37! He finished second in the derby with his clean stadium round. In addition to competing in the easy beginner novice derby; he did an extra jumping round at beginner novice and was clean and won his class! Way to go Ted! Pictured above is Felix with his red ribbon!
February 2012Megan Arp and Made in America
We started out the season at the Moorpark Derby on February 26, 2012. Randee and Tammee have done a great job improving the footing and acquiring new jumps. If you have not been to Meadows of Moorpark lately; go visit! Team Goldspirit had a great time. Megan Arp competed with her young mustang, Made in America, in his first show ever! He was a super star; completely relaxed at the trailer and a trooper in the arenas. While they still need to work on dressage (doesn't everybody!) they had a great clean jump round and finished on their dressage score. Lena Bundy competed on both her horses, Atlantic Roar and Spark of Freedom. Lena finished in second place with Spark of Freedom in novice! The best part was that she said the jump course was easy; which it was not. Lena had a great dressage and jump round with Atlantic Roar, but unfortunately jumped the wrong second to last fence and was disqualified. Yet, she did a great job and I am very proud of both my riders! Trainer Susan Friend competed with her horse, Kilkenny's Patrickswell in preliminary and finished second.
Check out these results for team Goldspirit at The Event Derby
held at the Flintridge Riding Club on Sunday, October 16, 2011. Trainer
Susan Friend LeTourneur had to wait all day to ride her two horses and
then it was back to back riding for over two hours. She took her
horse, Callahan's Lass, in her first show since she was injured last
year. Callahan's Lass jumped clean in the open training jumping
only division, and won that division. Susan also rode her new
horse, Kilkenny's Patrickswell, preliminary for the first time.
While the dressage left much to be desired as Patrick clearly had to
empty his bladder and was slightly, to say the least, disobedient; he
made up for his behavior in the jumping phase. Jumping clean, the
pair won the preliminary division.
But wait, the great results do not end there.... Lena Bundy rode her horse, Spark of Freedom, for the first time in the Novice division. This course was quite challenging with a large downhill cabin, a one-stride combination off a tight turn, a ditch, an up-bank, and of course a trip through the water with a jump out. Lena took it all in stride, jumped clean, and won her division!
Our success started that morning with our three beginner novice rides by Marla White, Vicki Armstrong, and Lena Bundy. Marla White showed her horse, Top Gear, for the first time in beginner novice. The pair had a great dressage test, jumped clean and finished 5th in a rather large class of beginner novice riders! At the beginning of the year, Marla was not even sure she could show her horse, and now, she is competing in beginner novice!
Lena Bundy showed her new horse, Atlantic Roar, for the first time at beginner novice. While she was quite nervous about the unexpected since her relationship with "Calvin" is so new; she was a rock star and completed the course. It was only one year ago that Lena just started showing Spark of Freedom. At this show, last year, she only completed in intro beginner novice, and now she showed two horses, and at higher levels!
Vicki Armstrong is our other great success story and inspiration to us all! Her horse, That's Houdini, used to be quite a handful. But with great riding and coaching, Vicki has turned that horse into a perfect gentleman on the ground and under saddle at shows. This was their second show together; the first time jumping at a show. Vicki, and the other riders, all participated in the jumping clinic on Saturday with Todd Trewin. This was a great experience and opportunity to practice the course; especially since Vicki and Houdini do not go cross country schooling much. Vicki was great in her jumping round; jumped clean; had fun; and came out of the field stating, "that was easy; next time we'll do Novice!"
Part of the making of a great show experience is all the support from Team Goldspirit Farm. Thank you Ted Craig, Megan Arp, and Carolyn Bahr for supporting our riders and helping with everything around the trailer. Thank you Lily ( I loved the rose!), Gilles, Bayley and Yemen for coming out to watch and cheer on our riders. For lots of pictures of the event check out the Goldpsirit Farm facebook page. Become a fan of Goldspirit Farm and see all the great pictures posted by Megan Arp.
Way to Go Team Goldspirit! We just returned from a very successful weekend at the Shepherd Ranch Horse Trials, June 24-26, 2011. Marla White was able to compete her horse, Top Gear! This was the first time she competed on her horse! It was a last minute decision; she didn't even take him cross country schooling. Trainer, Susan Friend LeTourneur, schooled him on the course at Goldspirit Farm. Nonetheless, Marla was a star! Marla and Top Gear finished on their dressage score in 4th place in the intro beginner novice division! Also making a debut at horse trials was Carolyn Bahr's horse, Playing Hooky. Carolyn took her six year gelding thoroughbred in the beginner novice division; they were stars! Jumping clean in both the cross country and stadium divisions, the pair came home with sixth place in a very competitive division!
Nahmi Jones was able to show both her horses, Simon the Likeable and Scotsman, in the training rider division. This was the first time she has been able to compete both horses in quite some time. Her work has paid off; she was brilliant! Nahmi had clean rides on cross country on both horses. She added only time penalties to Scotsman dressage score and finished in 7th place. On Simon the likeable she finished in 4th place! Lena Bundy had her best cross country ride yet! She was fast and clean; only she jumped a novice fence at the end of the course instead of her beginner novice fence and gave herself a technical elimination. Trainer Susan Friend LeTourneur showed her horse, Kilkenny's Patrickswell and Lena Bundy's horse, Atlantic Roar, in the Open Training Division. She added only a rail to Patrick's score and finished in 7th place.
The weather may be giving us June gloom, but the team of Goldspirit Farm is having fun! Susan Friend moved her new horse, Patrick, to training at the Copper Meadows Horse Trials and went clean on cross country. Lena Bundy returned to the show ring on her horse, Spark of Freedom and competed at the beginner novice division.
a month of fun! May started with a fun derby at the Meadows of Moorpark
where Carolyn Bahr did her first show with her horse Playing Hooky! She
finished on her dressage score in the easy beginner novice division.
The following week, trainer Susan Friend LeTourneur showed her new
horse, Patrick, at the jumper show at Camelot. The pair won the 3'3"
division! Paris Wagner also showed her horse, The Truman Show. The
next week, Team Goldspirit was at the Galway Horse Trials. Susan
Friend LeTourneur showed Lena Bundy's horse, Spark of Freedom, in open
training; his first show at training since joining Goldspirit farm.
Susan also showed her new horse, Patrick in the open Novice division
finishing 9th out of 21 on her dressage score of 38.5.
RAM TAP HORSE TRIALS April 15-17, 2011
Spark of Freedom, shown above schooling with owner Lena Bundy at Galway, finishes on his dressage score in third place with trainer Susan Friend LeTourneur at the spring Ram Tap Horse Trials.
HANSEN DAM JUMPER SHOW April 3, 2011
Wahoo Team Goldspirit! Great fun! Great Success! Paris Wagner's first show outing with her new horse, The Truman Show, was a great success! She finished with 2 seconds and a fourth! Jenna Harris rode her horse, I Can Do It, in several jumper classes and placed each time. Susan Friend LeTourneur rode Lawrence Friend's horse, Peter Pan Can, in the 3' jumpers and finished second.
FLINTRIDGE HORSE TRIALS March 12-13, 2011
Lena Bundy and Sarah Wood, shown above practicing at home, both competed successfully in this year's Flintridge Horse Trials. This was the first show of the season for both riders. Sarah Wood finished on her dressage score of 36.5 in third place in the open beginner novice division. Lena Bundy completed her first beginner novice horse trials! Way to go team goldspirit!
RAM TAP HORSE TRIALS October 23-24, 2010
This was a great way to start eventing! Hayley Easton, riding Laura Thatcher's My bachelor, competed in her first horse trials ever! As a two-day, she waited all day to do dressage and then had only an hour so before her jumping round. That didn't seem to bother her! At only 11 years old, Hayley rode with confidence and calmness. If she was nervous, you could not tell! Sunday was cross country day; her first time on a big course by herself. While My Bachelor thought he was on a training level course for a small part of the time, Hayley did a great job reminding him that intro beginner novice speed is only 300 mpm! The pair finished on their dressage score and earned a 6th place ribbon! Way to go!
Lena Bundy also competed; this was only her second horse trials! Also competing in the intro beginner novice division, it was a long wait to riding time. She did great! She had one rail at stadium, but otherwise a great day. On cross country day, her horse, Spark of Freedom, thought he would exercise his freedom and be barn sour immediately after leaving the start box. Lena, riding like an old professional and not a new amateur rider, gave him a spack with the whip a lot of kicks and they were off! Her watched beeped its first minute before she at her second fence; however, now, Lena understands pace! She kept a forward, safe pace and finished her cross country ride within the time. Her great riding earned her 5th place over all! Way to go!
Flintridge Derby October 17, 2010
Another great derby day for Goldspirit Farm! While it rained all day, it did not dampen the spirits of our great team! Sarah Wood was again successful at the Beginner Novice Division. She finished on her dressage score and in 4th place! Hayley Easton, now a veteran at showing with this being her second derby, remembered her dressage test and jump course. She finished on her dressage score in the Junior Intro Beginner Novice division. Lena Bundy had a great dressage ride and jumping round. Her horse had a spook or barn sour moment in the middle of the course, but Lena pushed him through and finished the course. Now that's great riding! Amy Swanton Mills was super successful in both beginner novice divisions. She jumped both rounds clean! She left with two pink ribbons.
Moorpark Derby September 19, 2010
Incredible day! Sarah Wood won the Beginner Novice division on her horse, Tiberius! This was his first venture into beginner novice. Their dressage score was 23! Sarah and Tiberius (Tibby) jumped clean on the fun jumping course to snatch the fist place ribbon! In her very first show ever (!), Hayley Easton on My Bachelor finished in third place in the Intro Beginner Novice Division. Hayley, at only eleven years old (!) was quite nervous for dressage and still earned a 41; good enough for sixth place! She jumped clean, and with a great attitude and ride, and moved up to 3rd! Lena Bundy, on her horse, Spark of Freedom, jumped up a level into Easy Beginner Novice. She met her goal of scoring under 40 for dressage; her 36 put her in a tie for fourth! Her clean jumping ride secured that spot! Trainer Susan Friend LeTourneur rode Terri Lewis-Zenger's horse, H.S. Coalton, in the Easy Beginner Novice. This was his first derby. He has never been cross country schooling, save at Goldspirit Farm. He was very brave and bold and jumped cross country clean! He finished in fifth place. Jenna Harris took a practice ride at Novice to get her and her horse, I Can Do It, ready for the Twin Rivers Horse Trials next week. Way to go team!
SHEPHERD RANCH HORSE TRIALS August 27-29, 2010
Way to go Team Goldspirit! In her very first show ever (!) Lena bundy completed the show in the intro beginner novice division aboard her horse, Spark of Freedom. Thursday, Lena practiced her dressage test with the schooling dressage test. A great way to get over show nerves! Lena was a super star on Friday and was in 8th place after dressage. 5,4,3,2,1 and Lena was off on her first cross country ride at a show! She jumped clean over the entire course. While she added some time penalties to her score, it was minor compared to her success at completing the course. On Sunday, Lena looked as if she had been a show jumper her entire life. She jumped double clean with a great position and quality of canter throughout. Congratulations, Lena!
Also making a debut in the eventing world was Sarah Wood's horse Tiberius. While a little spooky at home, Tiberius was very at home on the show grounds. A perfect gentleman in his stall, at the trailer, and in the warm-up and show ring. Sarah did a great job riding, giving Tiberius a very confident, positive first experience. Sarah and Tiberius finished on their dressage score in 7th place in the intro beginner novice division. Congratulations!
Shepherd Ranch Horse Trials June 25-28, 2010 a real winner for new Goldspirit Farm member Lena Bundy!
Just weeks before the show, Lena purchased Spark of Freedom ("Chase"). He is a 12 year old TB gelding with some experience. Trainer Susan Friend LeTourneur showed him in the open novice division. While a break in the canter dropped their score 2 points in dressage, Chase added no points to his score of 35. With a double clear cross country and stadium juming, the pair finished in 5th place!
Trainer Susan Friend LeTourneur also rode her 13 year old chesnut mare, Callahan's Lass, in the open training division. With double clear rounds in cross country and stadium,, the pair finished in 8th on their dressage score. Preliminary is now just a XC school away!
Also competing from our team was Tina Hoover, aboard her new horse, Sunsprite's Destino Mio, in the open beginner novice division. Her wonderfully moving horse earned a 36.2 in dressage; way to go! Tina had her first clean cross country round on Destino! They finished in 5th place.
Our best dressage of the weekend was by Amy Swanton Mills and her horse, Africa's Secret, with a 34.3. The pair was in 2nd place after dressage; way to go!
While Jenna Harris had an unfortunate dismount on cross country when her horse, I Can Do It, was surprised 6 strides away by flowers on a jump; she schooled the entire course on Sunday without incident! Next show is yours Jenna!
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