June 3, 2017
Ireland is one of my favorite places in the world
to visit, and I am very lucky that my duties on the
selection committee have me over here in County Meath this
weekend for the Tattersalls Horse Trials. It is an
absolutely fabulous event, with CCI and CIC divisions from
one-star through three-star, and many of the top riders
from all over the world are here. Ian Stark’s
cross-country courses are awesome, with many old-fashioned
boldness questions, combined with modern technical
One of the more influential fences the CCI***
There is nothing quite like watching fabulous
horses galloping over the beautiful Irish countryside.
There is a County Fair along with the horse trials, and
the whole competition has a friendly and festive
atmosphere. I have also been having a great time visiting
with friends I have made in Ireland on horse shopping
trips over the years.
One of the most amazing things here is the CCI* for
ponies! Open to riders 12 to 16 years of age, it is run
over the same course and the same speed as the regular CCI*
competitors. The ponies are absolutely beautiful, running
and jumping machines – and those kids can ride, too. It
was a pleasure
and an inspiration to watch; I would love to see a similar
program started in the US.
The CCI* for Ponies
Back on the home front, Windchase horses have done
well in recent events. Congratulations to Pedro Gutierrez
for winning the Open Preliminary at the Virginia Horse
Trials with Unanyme du Loir, and to Rachel Nymeyer for
winning the Training at MCTA with Higher Calling.
April 30, 2017
Kentucky Horse Park in April. The Rolex Three-Day Event!
There is nothing quite like it.
first rode at the Horse Park in 1977, in the Young Riders
championships. Then from 1979 through to 2001, I think I
only missed riding at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
one year. Competing there was always the pinnacle of the
season, and just being a part of this fabulous Event was a
privilege. Galloping over that hallowed ground is
exhilarating, and being lucky enough to do it on a dozen
different horses over a 20+ span of years made dreams come
true. Now attending as a member of the USEF Selection
Committee, as well as a fan of both the sport and the
horses, puts it in a very different perspective. For one
thing I don’t have that nervous sick feeling in the pit
of my stomach like one does when competing! But once
again, just being a part of the whole thing is exciting,
and the thrill is still there.
year’s cross country course, designed by Derek DeGrazia,
was fabulous. It was a true four-star, big and galloping,
with lots of technical questions; it tested the horses’
boldness, scope, and rideability. Unlike the last two
years, the footing was good and the track was fast. The
course caused plenty of penalties, but the best horses and
riders came out on top. Watching throughout the day, as
always I was in awe of the horses; they are such
courageous and generous beings, and amazing athletes. It
is amazing the things they will do for us.
ril 25, 2017
As exciting as it is to watch and help Cindy and
Phoenix Star as they compete at the top levels, it is also
fun and rewarding to get the young horses out to their
first events. We had a great day at the Loch Moy starter
trial this past weekend.
rode Windchase Happy Hour in his first Training event,
which he won handily, finishing on his dressage score of
17. She also won a Novice division on Galerna Campari Mail
and was 4th with Windwalker in his first BN
event; see these talented youngsters on the Horses
for Sale page.
In the meantime, we have
been enjoying spring at Windchase. This fellow is a
frequent visitor on the lake.
Congratulations to Cindy Anderson-Blank and Phoenix
Star, who moved up to Advanced Level this past weekend at
Fair Hill. Despite a little boo-boo at the second water
that incurred a technical elimination, they went great,
finished the course, and proved themselves ready for the
Phoenix in the Advanced at Fair Hill
The previous weekend we had a successful Event at
CDCTA. Cindy and Windchase Ballinvella looked terrific on
their way to winning their Training division. Domenica
Kujawa also had a great go, finishing second with her
Nica’s Last Laugh in the Training. And Windchase Happy
Hour went super in the Novice; this talented young horse
is ready to move up to Training in his next outing.
Nica's Last Laugh at CDCTA
Our colt is growing like a weed, and is quite a
character. I’m not sure what his formal name will be,
but we call him Spoof around the barn, since he was born
on April Fool’s day. He is very friendly and outgoing,
and loves to run and play.
We have a really exciting group of young horses
available at the moment. Check them out on our Horses
for Sale page.
April 16, 2017
Easter Morning at Windchase.
We have a new baby! Windchase’s latest arrival is
a lovely colt by our late Irish stallion Brandenburg’s
Windstar, out of Gold Trinket, a classy TB mare. Windchase
is committed to preserving the traditional Irish Sport
Horse bloodlines through our breeding program.
The Event season has started and we are going full
throttle. Cindy had a good Intermediate warm-up run down
at the Carolina International with Windchase Phoenix Star
and Two Tickets, and is now hoping on for bigger and
Anderson-Blank and Windchase Phoenix Star
At Morven Park last weekend, Windchase student
Domenica Kujawa had a super go with Nica’s Last Laugh in
the training division, jumping double clear. In the novice
Morgan McGrath placed third with Indycat, placed 5th with
Happy Hour, and Shelby Crowley also had a good ride with
Tilly. Now that we have all knocked the winter rust off,
we are looking forward to the upcoming competitions.
And now spring is here in earnest, my favorite time
of year. The weather is turning spectacular, and leaves
are budding and the flowers blooming. I have a new camera,
and I am looking forward to testing it out.
Every year I have the expectation that once we get
to the beginning of March, winter will be over and it will
be Spring. And
of course, every year, it isn’t. The month of March
tends to be quite cold, and we often have snow. But after
the amazing winter we have had this year, with warm
temperatures and good footing letting us ride outside and
even school XC all through January and February, surely, I
year, spring really will be here the first of March.
Whoops! Guess I was wrong.
March 6, 2017
It can be hard to find time to write about my
travels and update the website, but I have now posted the
journal from my latest adventure, along with many of the
best photos. Click here to
read about the Costa Rica trip that Jineen and I took
The spring Event Season is just around the corner,
and thanks to the mild winter we have been having, the
horses (and riders) are more prepared than usual for this
time of year. We have been able to ride outside more days
than not, and have been galloping and schooling
cross-country during January and February. The
competitions start up in March and we are looking forward
Windchase Winter Jumping Clinics are going great; we would
love to have you join us, go
here for more info.
We have a super nice group of horses for sale; click
here for more info.
January 31, 2017
Jineen and I had a great trip to Costa Rica
recently, and I am writing up my notes and sorting through
the photos; hope to have the full report fairly soon. But
in the meantime I have been receiving complaints from
certain friends (you know who you are!) about slow updates
and jumping pigs, so I leave you with this sloth.
January 26, 2017
The spring Event Season is just around the corner -
get ready by coming to Windchase's winter jumping clinics
with Phyllis Dawson.
info, visit http://www.teamwindchase.com/MiniClinics.htm
sign up, go to http://bit.ly/Windchase
January 1, 2017
Happy New Year!
Windchase working students and staff celebrate the New Year with the annual Windchase Polar Dive.