In November 2008, we broke ground on our new outdoor arena. In just five days, a small turnout area was transformed into a standard size dressage arena -- during the year's first snow storm and all!! The arena base will be left to settle until spring 2009. Check back to view the completed arena with custom built gazebo plans.
A whole crew of us got together to tailgate at the Thanksgiving Day, St James Church, Blessing of The Hounds and Elkridge Harford Hunt this fall. Phoebe and Chuck go every year, as this is where they first met each other. Thank you to all for sharing this special day with us and for all the fantastic food and drinks. We'll be planning an even larger open invitation in 2009
Congratulations:Thornridge Manor Trainer Claudia Kleinsmith for winning 2008 MDA Instructor Of The Year with a whopping 40 points!!!
Congratulations Erin Spencer and Silver King for their great MDA 2008 Year End Results:
Congratulations Anna Schmitt and Liam for their great MDA 2008 Year End Results:
Congratulations Mateja Zdanis and Felix for their great MDA 2008 Year End Results:
Congratulations Elizabeth Loundas and Fox Trot for their great MDA 2008 Year End Results:
Congratulations Elizabeth Loundas and Feiner Flash for their great MDA 2008 Year End Results:
In addition to competing Fox Trot and Feiner Flash at recognized shows, 11 yo Lizzy also rode Country Bumpkin at Dressage at Foxcroft in Training Level, winning one of her classes. How can she not win on cuteness factor alone...after all, her saddle pad had daisys sewn around the border!!!!!!!!! Even the video-man of the day gave her a free disc after that ride.
Congratulations Barbara Henschel and Country Bumpkin for their great MDA 2008 Year End Results:
Congratulation Hanna Conway and Country Bumpkin for their great MDA 2008 Year End Results:
Congratulations Brianne Conway and Feiner Flash for their great MDA 2008 Year End Results:
Although we sure do show alot at Thornridge Manor, the friendships that are formed are priceless. Always supportive and encouraging, our young riders are exceptional young ladies in the making
The ever talented mare, Regina L, and Mateja Zdanis inched their way up the score board in 2008....still figuring each other out in 2008. But watch out for this pair in 2009 as they are sure to pull in some high scores after another winter of training. The future is bright for this young pair.
Loretta Krach, and her new horse, Repete, did a super job in the 2008 show season at Training Level -- they boast scores into the very high 60's. Loretta did not apply for year end awards. Look for this pair at both schooling and recognized shows in 2009.
Hessel's owner, Liz Nuttle, certainly has a lot to smile about. Claudia Kleinsmith rode this fantastic Friesian to a nearly undefeated 2008 show record in his first season to compete.
We teach a lot of trailer-in dressage lessons to "event riders" at Thornridge Manor. From the Elementary level to the Intermediate level our students have had a very successful 2008 show season -- congratulations to all!! Many students have reported a successful season with MCTA Year End Results. These riders have volunteered their time to this organization to be eligible for awards....so because of you, shows can be successful.
Congratulations to Mardi Herman and Go Gilda, who started in Beginner Novice and moved up to Novice
Congratulations Heather Vinson and Foreign Dance for their great MCTA 2008 Year End Results:
Congratulations Rachel Gale and Auto Pilot for their great MCTA 2008 Year End Results:
Congratulations Eliza Alexander and Playing With Fire for their great MCTA 2008 Year End Results:
2008 Year End news in from Heather Stiffle and It's All Love:
Well, Chuck and I have to admit that our current news updates have been virtually non-existent for the bulk of the last year. Every time we have attended a horse show over the course of 2008, all of our friends very carefully ask us about Matica...not just because she is very special to our heart, but because, she has touched so many people in the near 17 years of her life. All of our friends have known that Matica was diagnosed with advanced heart failure at the age of 13 and given an estimated 6 months to live...we were devastated, to say the least, and determined to beat her odds. The good news is that we smashed those odds and had ten days shy of 4 more years with our "little girl." For that we will always be thankful, but, certainly that does not make Matica's loss any easier. Not a day goes by that we do not shed tears and talk about wonderful memories with our front and center special friend and family member........
We are thrilled to announce that in 2008 Sue Springer and Bismark have been awarded their USDF Bronze Medal. This award is especially cherished as Sue earned all of her scores on a mount that she has owned for 15 years -- Bismark is currently 18 years old!!!
While at Devon, Windsong Fv was unexpectedly invited to join the Florida based, Flying Lion Farm, in the very prestigious Get of Sire Class. She joined the weanlings Le Andros and Isabella in a touching tribute to the recently deceased sire LeSantos. This was the first time in the history of Devon that the legendary Holsteiner stallion has been represented.
We are so proud of Windsong FV. At only 2 yo, she is already quite the competitor:
May 17, 2008 -- Too Hot To Trot I
Planning to attend: Fair Hill Breed Show in Aug and DAD in September. In addition to the series finals, we are looking forward to competing in the AHHA IBC class offered at Devon. Unfortunately, it is the only show that offers a Holsteiner IBC class this year.
Congratulations to Loretta Krach on the recent purchase of Repete, 9 yo Oldenburg by For the Future. Phoebe had known Pete as a yearling and was excited to hear that he was on the market -- within days, the match to Loretta had been made. This elegant pair has already begun to compete at MDA schooling shows successfully and plans to attend Dressage at Foxcroft in August 2008 as their first recognized show. Best of luck together!!!
Phoebe had a real treat running into William B at Swan Lake on Mother's Day 2008. His sale in 2007 was a very difficult decision, but she is very happy to report that Willy has a super life and is absolutely adored. Trainer, Renee Kidd, reports that Willy is the current leader of Pre Green in the state of MD and Pa. This picture is of the pair in 2007 at Washington International Local Day -- they were Reserve Champion. Just exceptional for a horse that had only been jumped for 6 month prior to the WIHS!!!
Pictured here at Garrison Forest School, Allysa Peddicord and our 2007 sale horse, Beth Ellen. We are so pleased to report that the pair, who is training at Columbia Horse Center, has won multiple championships in children's hunters. Congratulations Allysa!!!
2008 Year End Report:
We are pleased to report that Mardi Herman and her magical mare, Zoe, have had yet another stellar year in 2007!!! The pair was Reserve Champion for the Castlebar Memorial Trophy at the Preliminary Level presented by MCTA. Additionally, Mardi was the Champion at the Preliminary Division for the Laubach Rider Trophy. Congratulations to this stellar partnership and may your success continue into 2008. You are both a true testament that dedicated training certainly has its rewards.
It is always so nice to hear about how our sale horse are doing in their new home. Off the track TB, It's All Love, sold in 2007 to Heather Stiffel, is as his name implies....very well loved. Congratulations Heater for competing in your first hunter show ever. This pair is so well suited.
Our condolences go out to Mardi Herman on the loss of her very talented young eventer, Just Jeeves. This duo had a very successful partnership in 2007. After only a few competitions, Jeeves was awarded third place Novice Horse for MCTA Year End Awards. The pair was prepping for training level when Jeeves succumbed to a fluke field injury. In her grief, Mardi, has established a MCTA perpetual Trophy in Jeeves honor to be awarded to the highest placing breeder-rider-owner combination. To us at Thornridge Manor, Jeeves will always be remembered as an incredibly talented eventer with undeniable potential....but most of all, we will remember his curious personality that captured all of our hearts.
It is wonderful to receive these photographs of Pippa meeting her new friends at Legacy Stables. In addition to continuing in dressage training, Pippa is getting bred this year. But, most importantly, Thornridge Manor has been allowed first right of refusal on what is sure to be a spectacular foal.
After 17 years of a friendship with Phoebe, it is with a very heavy heart that we report the humane passing of Frenchie. Bred in France, Frenchie began his performance career as an International Grand Prix Jumper. After his importation into the US, Frenchie was trained in dressage and was winning in Wellington, FL at the Grand Prix Dressage Level within three years. It takes a special athlete to boast of GP wins in both jumping and dressage!! Purchased in 1991, Frenchie brought many firsts into Phoebe's life: he was her first warmblood (Selle Francais), he was her first FEI mount, he was the first horse that took her south to the FL circuit to compete. After retirement from competition, Frenchie's kind and forgiving nature as a schoolmaster-lesson horse touched the lives of many adult amateurs at Thornridge Manor. He will be remembered fondly by all who had the great pleasure of knowing him. We will always cherish our memories of "the Frenchman".