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
September 9, 2019
where did the summer go? And sorry, I am shamefully behind
in updating this page.
of the things that occupied a good part of my summer was
preparing for and hosting a Family Reunion in August for
almost 60 relatives. It was really a blast, and we were
blessed with perfect weather and cool temperatures. It was
so great to get everyone together, both the more immediate
siblings and the extended family of cousins and such. And
we got to spend time with two new babies in the family
that we had not even met before! My niece Heather was here
for a week and got a chance to jump the iconic Windchase
Oxer by the lake. Windchase is a perfect gathering place,
and I am very lucky to be part of a really great family.
the Windchase Oxer!
On the competition front, we had a little lull
during late July and August, but are now getting back in
full swing for the autumn season. Cindy rode Windchase
Phoenix Star, my homebred Irish Sport Horse, at Seneca
Valley this past weekend; he was really happy to get back
to competition after missing a year from an injury.
happy to be back in competition.
We have a great group of sales horses at the
moment. This month we are featuring Reveille, a talented 6
year old who won the Open Training at Seneca last weekend
with Cindy. Look for this lovely young horse and many
others on our Horses for Sale
The Maryland Horse Trials ran the last two weekends
back to back, and Windchase horses and riders had
Cooley Vegas (a.k.a. Greg) had a great run jumping clear
around a very difficult Intermediate XC course the first
weekend, and Cindy also went well in the Preliminary with
our homebred 6 year old, Windchase Faberge Star.
McGrath ran both weekends, at Training and then Modified,
with both her longtime partner Mizz Indy Cat, and her
brand new acquisition, Windchase Alcor, another of our
homebreds. Morgan is fast forming a good partnership with
Alcor, and it is fun to watch.
Amy and Marco
at the Maryland Horse Trials
Faison rode Virginia Costaís lovely Warmblood, Marco, in
his first recognized event in the Novice, and had a super
run, finishing second. Marco is enjoying his career
change; he is a former successful show hunter, but finds
Eventing a lot more fun.
I was lucky enough to get to go to Germany for the
Luhmuhlen CCI5*-L for the USEF Selection Committee week
before last, and it was really a lot of fun. I had not
been to Germany before, and I really liked it a lot. It is
super to watch the top European riders in action, and
learn from the very best.
On the home front, Congratulations MHS
Cooley Vegas (a.k.a. Greg); Cindy successfully moved him
up to Intermediate at Seneca Valley two weeks ago. And
Windchase Faberge Star went great in the Prelim at
Middleburg as well. They are both very talented horses and
we expect great things ahead.
recent successes for Windchase include Amy Faison winning
the BN at Middleburg with Nicola Haslingís Reiver, and
Karen Eichert winning at Surefire this past weekend with
her own Trumbull. Go Team Windchase!
Because several of the competition horses had minor
injuries this spring, our competition season has been
slightly less hectic than usual. Cindy has been
campaigning MHS Cooley Vegas (a.k.a. Greg) and Windchase
Faberge Star, but several of the others are on R&R.
They at the Virginia Horse Trials, with Greg going great
to place 5th in the Preliminary; he will move
up to Intermediate at his next outing. Faberge also moved
up to Prelim at VAHT, and she just ate up the XC course
and thought it was the best thing ever. Sarah Wyssen
completed her first CCI** with Gucci, and Jean Bowman had
a great go in the Modified with her Wahoo Legal.
Cindy and MHS Cooley Vegas (a.k.a. Greg) at VAHT
In the meantime, we have a really spectacular group
of young horses offered For Sale.
We have several excellent experienced horses, as well as
some fabulous youngsters, including some of our homebreds.
Also, don't forget to visit the Windchase
Eventing page on Facebook!
Windchase has had a busy start to the spring event
season. We took a bunch of students and young horses to
both the March and April starter trials at Loch Moy, and
everyone went well. Congratulations to Windchase working
student Rachael Roae, who won at both Events with Dominique
Cindy had a great go at Fair Hill with both the
Windchase Syndicateís MHS Cooley Vegas in the
Preliminary, and our homebred youngster Windchase Faberge
Star in the training. Both of these promising horses are
looking to move up soon. Sarah Wyssen also went well in
the Prelim on Gucci.
In the meantime, I am unfortunately temporarily
grounded from riding because I managed to break my arm. I
would like to have a great story of how the injury
happened during heroic deeds or riding rank horses, but
the sad truth is I slipped on the wet stones on my patio
and took a header off of it, breaking my humerus and
Polaris and Sarah Gumbiner, jumping into the Head
of the Lake at KY
Despite having my arm in a sling, I was able to go
to Kentucky for the Landrover CIC-L 5-star on behalf of
the Selection Committee. It was great fun watching some of
the best horses and riders in the world compete over Derek
DiGrasiaís awesome cross-country course. I was
particularly proud to watch Polaris go around with
owner/rider Sarah Gumbiner, as I bred and started this
lovely Irish Sport Horse. They had one of the best
cross-country rounds of the day.
We are pleased to announce the
opening of the Windchase Tiki Bar and Spa.
Welcome to the
Windchase Tiki Bar and Spa.
In an effort to offer full services to our boarders and
clients, we are always trying to upgrade our facility.
Most of the renovations are complete, and we will be open
for business immediately, anticipating a rush of customers
as soon as the weather warms up enough for beachwear. Come
join us for Fun in the Sun!
Grainne eyes the live fish in the Spa.
The new residents of Windchase include live fish in the
tackroom spa, and a large flock of flamingoes.
March 19, 2019
Spring. My favorite time
of the year. The grass is turning green, the trees are
just starting to bud out, and the sun has been shining.
After a long wet winter riding in the indoor arena, it is
so nice to be schooling out in the fields and on the
cross-country courses again. Event Season, here we come!
On our recent safari in Botswana, we saw many
amazing things. While our land cruiser was crossing a
plain, the carmine bee-eaters swooped and circled around
the vehicle to catch the insects that flew up in front of
it. I was able to catch this fellow grabbing his lunch.
recently returned from a fabulous trip to Africa. A group
of friends and I went on a two week mobile camping safari
in Botswana, visiting Savuti, the Okavanga Delta and the
Kalahari Desert. This is the third time I have done a
similar mobile safari, and this one was probably the best
one yet. We had the same guide we had before, Gee, and he
showed us an amazing time. We saw tons of wildlife, and I
took many thousands of photos. As in the past, I will
(eventually) write up a detailed trip report with photos
to post, but it will take me months to get it done, so you
will have to wait a bit. But in the meantime, I will post
a few photos from the trip to give a preview.
The Polar Vortex has been upon us, and like much of
the country we have been enduring freezing temperatures
and sub-zero wind-chill. Groundhogs Day is tomorrow, so we
will see what old Punxsutawney Phil has to say about
whether the end is in sight.
I, however, am going somewhere warm. Jineen and I
leave early Monday Morning for a mobile camping safari in
Botswana. Weather.com shows it is in the nineties
there this week; I am ready for some warm. I canít wait
to get back to the bush and see the wildlife; a group of
us will be going with the same guide we have been on
safari with before. I will tell you about it when I get
the meantime, I am lucky to have a super staff to run
Windchase while we are gone. Much thanks to Cindy
Anderson-Blank and Amy Faison for keeping everything
going, along with Jean Bowman, and working students
Heather, Nikki, Rachael and Sarah. Also thanks to our
excellent farmhand, Jose, who keeps Windchase in top
shape. We are lucky to have such an exceptional team at
Happy 2019! The Windchase Team celebrates with the
Annual Windchase New Yearís Day Polar Dive.
sure flies; Christmas has come and gone already, and the
year is quickly coming to a close. We welcome the dawning
of 2019, and hope for peace and good fortune in the New
December 1, 2018
A bit of Windchase Fun.
Here is a look at the First Annual Windchase Bareback
As always, I am thankful for all of Natureís
beauty around me, and grateful that I get to live and work
in such a beautiful, magical place as Windchase.
am also lucky to have a super staff and working students,
and thankful to have such a great group of people to work
Left to right:
Kyle, Nikki, Amy, Sarah, Cindy, Heather, Morgan,
Little Pete, and Jean. Wearing their Holiday
finery for the Windchase Bareback Puissance!
November 17, 2018
The Windchase Winter Jumping
Clinics are starting up this coming Saturday, November 24.
After that they will be held on Sundays throughout the
winter. For dates and more info, go to our Jumping
Clinics page To sign up, go to this link: http://bit.ly/Windchase
How to school
November 17, 2018
Windchase Magic in Autumn.