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June 30, 2018
     Summer is here, and life at Windchase is as magical as always. Not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate the beauty around me.

     Between competitions cancelled because of rain and a few lame horses, it has been a frustrating month on the Eventing scene - but that’s horses for you. The star of the spring season has been Galerna Campari Mail; this talented six-year-old has successfully moved up to Preliminary, completing four events at this level, jumping clear both XC and SJ in each. This talented young horse has a bright upper level future; see him on our Horses for Sale page, along with quite a few others.

     In the meantime, the puppies continue to grow in leaps and bounds. They love it when I take them for long walks in the fields; if I go a mile they must cover ten as they run back and forth. It must be great to have that much energy!


Grainne and Rae

Cheers,
Phyllis




June 4, 2018

     We have three lovely foals this spring, two colts and a filly. The colts are both by Brandenburg’s Windstar, accounting for the last of his frozen semen, and both will be grey. The filly is by the cremello Thoroughbred stallion Goldmaker, and she is a lovely golden buckskin color. Here is a look at them:


Windchase Pegasus, and his dam Smart Notion.


Filly by Goldmaker (not yet named), with her dam Gonna Storm.


Unnamed colt out of Gold Trinket.

Cheers,
Phyllis




May 22, 2018
     Will it ever stop raining? It has been pouring rain for a week and a half, and the fields are full of standing water. We would like to be out schooling cross-country, but instead we’re stuck in the indoor arena. But I guess we have no reason to complain - how lucky we are to have an indoor arena to ride in during this weather!

     In the meantime, I have my hands full with two new lurcher puppies. If you are not familiar with this breed, lurchers are simply the best dogs in the world. Bred by the Gypsies in Ireland and England, they were bred to poach game in the Royal Forests, and valued for their silent hunting and stealth. A sighthound crossed with a working dog, the typical lurcher cross is greyhounds and border collies, but whippets and deerhounds are also used. Lurchers are intelligent, fast, and extremely loyal.

     I got my first lurcher from Bruce Davidson back in 1988; he imported a male from England named Herbie, and I got one of the pups from his first litter, whom I named Sage. He was a terrific dog, and I have had lurchers ever since, raising a litter of puppies every so often. 
     I had a lovely female lurcher named Gracie from my last litter that I was planning to breed from, but she died unexpectedly last year, and my male, Speedy, is neutered. Heartbroken, I called my friend Siohbain in Canada, who has Nykie, a littermate of Gracie’s, and told her she had the last one of the line that had not been spayed or neutered, and she just had to breed her. Fortunately, Siohbain agreed, and found a nice dog in Canada to cross her with.
     Well, no good deed goes unpunished.  Nykie had ten pups, but had to have a C-section. Then she did not produce milk or show much interest in taking care of the puppies, so poor Siohbain and her partner Connie had to bottle feed ten puppies!  


Rae

     But now I have two of the puppies, both females, currently about 12 weeks old. I kept the baby names Siohbain had given them; the lighter brindle one is named ‘Rae’ (named after a female Jedi in a Star Wars movie), and the darker one with white is ‘Grace O’Malley the Pirate Queen’ (named after a famous character in Irish history from the 16th century – I have been to her castle in Ireland), or Grainne for short. Sage would be their great-great-grandfather.  These pups are a handful, and a total delight.


Grainne

Cheers,
Phyllis




May 6, 2018
     Finally, I have finished my travel journal from last summer's fabulous trip to Africa, complete with photos.  Read about it here!

Cheers,
Phyllis



April 21, 2018
 
    Love the babies! I have named this lovely colt Windchase Pegasus. Two more on the way!

Cheers,
Phyllis  



April 14, 2018

     Finally, Spring is here! But it has really only come in the last few days; it has continued to be quite cold all through March and early April. And with spring comes babies! Here is our latest Windchase homebred, a lovely colt by Brandenburg’s Windstar.

     I just got home from Fair Hill, where we had a super weekend. Cindy rode Phoenix Star in the Advanced, and they had a super performance in all three phases, and after jumping clear around a demanding track she ended up 7th in what was a very competitive division.


Cindy Anderson-Blank and Windchase Phoenix Star, in the Advanced at Fair Hill.

     Cindy also piloted Galerna Campari Mail around his first Preliminary, and he went very well, jumping clear both cross-country and show jumping and finishing 5th. Look for this talented young horse on the Horses for Sale page.


Galerna Campari Mail, offered for sale.

Cheers,
Phyllis  




March 14, 2018

     Waiting for Spring! February was quite mild, and during the warm snap where the crocuses came up and the grass started turning green, I was sure we would have an early spring. Somehow I get suckered into that every year; when February ends I always think winter is going to be over. But March has come in like a lion as it usual does, and we have had several weeks of cold windy days. We are all looking forward to some warmer weather.


Sarah Wyssen schooling on Prince Razmuth

     The good news is that the footing is super, so even though it is cold we have been able to get out schooling cross-country. Last November we put in a fabulous new water complex, and this week we started to use it for the first time. How much fun is that! Can’t wait for the Morven Park Horse Trials the end of the month – even though it usually snows that weekend.


Cindy and  Phoenix Star test out the water jump.

Cheers,
Phyllis


February 27, 2018
    
Event Season is just around the corner, and we are spending the winter months training up the young horses so they will be ready. We have a bunch of fancy five-year-olds who will get serious about their Eventing careers this year, which is always fun to watch.
    
Of course, watching is all I am doing at the moment; I won’t be cleared to ride until April. I am enjoying teaching and supervising, but can hardly wait to get back in the saddle. In the meantime, February has been pretty mild; the grass is already getting green and the crocuses are blooming. Here’s hoping for an early spring!


He is ready for Spring too.

Cheers,
Phyllis




January 30, 2018
     Sorry I have been a bit slow in updating this page, but I have been busy taking care of some old problems in order to start the New Year off right. I have been having a lot of trouble with my back for quite a while, so being time to put it right, I had back surgery earlier this month. So I have spent a good deal of time on the sofa with the cats the last three weeks (they seem to have the amazing capacity to sleep for over 20 hours a day!), I am more than eager to get back to life in the barn. And I look forward to riding in the spring!

     In the meantime, much thanks to my excellent staff for keeping things going smoothly while I have been out. As always Jineen and Cindy have done a super job of running everything; they are the best. I want to thank the working students Amy, Ray, Charlotte and Sarah – they are the superheroes - and also part-timers Jess and Tori. Jose has the place looking better than ever, and is building new XC fences like mad. And my brother, Buddy, has been nursemaid extraordinaire, taking care of me during my recovery. Much thanks to all of them!

Cheers,
Phyllis




December 23, 2017
     Here’s wishing a Merry Christmas to all, and a New Year full of Joy. 
     Yesterday the sunset filled the evening sky and the lake with color; it was Windchase Magic at its best.  

Cheers,
Phyllis




December 22, 2017

    
We have been e
njoying a lovely mild December; it is wonderful to be out schooling cross-country right up until Christmastime.  My dream team of working students all showed up in Superhero costumes for their XC school yesterday; Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman made sense to me, but I still don’t really understand what a Minion is.

Cheers,
Phyllis




November 23, 2017
     Happy Thanksgiving!
     As always, I have so much to be thankful for. Windchase is a magical place, and I am surrounded by terrific people who keep it all running well. Jineen and Cindy, in addition to being great trainers and barn managers, are also my close friends. Rachel is also an integral part of the farm and a good friend. We have a dream team of working students right now with Amy, Ray, Charlotte and Sarah, and welcome some extra help from Tori. And of course Jose does the most fabulous job keeping Windchase in top shape.    


Coming in 2018: the new spring-fed Windchase Water Jump.

     We have been making some exciting improvements around Windchase this year. We put in a new dressage arena next to the sand ring, which is really nice to have. And we have just finished putting a fabulous new water complex, several banks, and a new coffin out on the cross country courses, built by Long’s Grading. Carl Long did a fabulous job; I don’t know anyone else who has a spring-fed water complex! And of course Jose has continued to build us a ton of new portable XC fences. I can hardly wait for time to school all of these new jumps next spring!    

     Ending on a light note, I leave you with the Thanksgiving Blessing that Jimmy Stewart’s patriarchal character gave at Thanksgiving dinner in the 1965 civil war era movie Shenandoah: 

Lord, we cleared this land,
We plowed it, sowed it and harvested it. 
We cooked the harvest, 
It wouldn’t be here, we wouldn’t be eatin’ it, 
If we hadn’t done it all ourselves.
We worked dog-boned hard for every crumb and morsel, 
But we thank you just the same anyway, Lord,
For this food we’re about to eat.
Amen.  

Cheers,
Phyllis




November 2, 2017
     Windchase had great time at the Virginia Horse Trials last weekend; the weather was lovely for the most part, and the new Mark Phillips XC courses for the FEI divisions were excellent.


Phoenix and Cindy

     Cindy Anderson-Blank and Windchase Phoenix Star placed 3rd in the CIC**, but really they should have won it - they were held on the cross-country course, and a timing snafu gave them time penalties they did not deserve. Cindy rode great, and Phoenix went like a dream.
     Pedro Gutierrez won the CCI* on his lovely mare Unanyme du Loir, moving up for the win with one of the few clear Show Jumping rounds of the day. And to top it off, they also won the Best Turned-out award at the job. And Cindy completed the CCI** with a clear XC round on her fleet thoroughbred Two Tickets.


Pedro and Unanyme du Loir in the Victory Gallop

     In the Training division, Heidi Robertson won with her warmblood gelding Redshift. Cindy placed 8th on the talented youngster Galerna Campari Mail, and Sarah Wyssen had a good go on her Prince Rasmus. These three also won the Training Team competition! All in all, it was a great way for Team Windchase to end the autumn Event season.    

Cheers,
Phyllis




October 6, 2017
     Congratulations to Cindy Anderson-Blank; she placed 4th in the Advanced division with Windchase Phoenix Star at Morven Park last weekend. There is nothing quite like the thrill of jumping down the Leaf Pit for the first time!

Cheers, 
Phyllis




For past news from Phyllis and the crew at Windchase, go to the 
WINDCHASE NEWS ARCHIVES.