December 31, 2019
Another year gone by - no wait, another decade - can you
believe it? How time flies. Each
day is a gift, and we should try to savor every moment.
We welcome 2020
with hopes of peace and harmony.
Happy New Year to all.
December 24, 2019
Merry Christmas, from Phyllis and
everyone at Windchase.
December 1, 2019
Windchase Winter Jumping Clinics are starting up this
coming weekend. Come jump with Olympian Phyllis Dawson.
Visit our Jump Clinic page
for more information. To sign up, go to our Event
am thankful every day to live and work at Windchase, and
for the wonderful horses, dogs, cats and wildlife that
live here. And the people, too! I know how lucky I am to
be able to ride nice horses across beautiful countryside,
and to get to spend most days working with horses and
animals and doing the things I love. I am thankful for
Windchase Magic, that special quality that makes Windchase
A wise person once told me that the key to business
is to surround yourself with the very best people
possible, and I have been lucky enough over the years to
be able to surround myself with an exceptional staff. I
want to thank each and every one of them for making
Windchase the special place that it is.
Reed, stable manager, trainer and life-long best friend,
has been a huge part in developing Windchase in to what it
Anderson-Blank does a terrific job in to the role of head
rider, competitor and trainer, and she is an integral part
of the farm and business going forward.
Faison is an invaluable part of the operation riding,
training, and overseeing the running of the daily
Bautista is farm manager extraordinaire; he keeps
Windchase looking the best it ever has, and is constantly
Brunkow, assisted by her daughter Savannah, keeps the
competition and sale horses ready for work and looking
the working students: Rachael Roae, Sarah Wyssen, Peytie
Klein, Claire Maksymetz, as well as part-timers Cristi
Whitehead and Grace Clark. They collectively do a superb
job taking top quality care of the horses.
also have a myriad of friends and boarders who chip in,
step up, and help out whenever needed. There help and
friendship are an invaluable asset.
thanks to each and every one of you for being an important
part of Team Windchase!
And as always, I am thankful or the brave
men and women in the military who keep us safe
and free, and for the first responders who are there for
us when need is the greatest. I wish them a safe and
Tracey McGrath and Mizz Indy Cat, winners of the
Training division at the Windchase XC Derby
The Windchase XC Derby was this past Saturday, and
it was a big success. Despite cold weather, the footing
was perfect and we had a good turnout. Judged on jumping
penalties and closest to Optimum Time for all three
levels, the course was almost two miles long. We all had a
lot of fun, and plan to include the Derby on our schedule
in the spring and the autumn next year.
Anna and Avon, flying around the BN at the
excellent XC course for schooling! Visit the XC
Schooling page for more info. We have three large
XC fields with excellent turf and over 250 fences, and
last year we added a new water jump complex, Irish banks,
mounds and a coffin complex. This gives us everything we
need to school horses from Elementary through Advanced. It
is so fabulous that we decided we needed to share it with
others, so this autumn we have opened up the course for
schooling by appointment (weather and footing permitting
of course). Contact Phyllis to arrange to come schooling.
Congratulations to Cindy Anderson-Blank and Windchase
Phoenix Star, for winning the Intermediate division at
Morven Park last weekend. Cindy and Phoenix have formed a
great partnership as they moved up through the levels
together, but an injury in the spring of 2018 sidelined
Phoenix from competition for a year. It was so great to
watch this pair gallop around the iconic XC course at
Morven, and the fact that they won was just icing on the
Phoenix at Morven Park
us for Windchase Wednesdays Jumping
Clinics through the autumn; your choice of Show
Jumping or Cross-country (weather permitting). Sign up at
our Event Clinics website link: http://bit.ly/Windchase