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February 22, 2020
    
Wow, 2020! Canít believe how quickly the time passes. Which is no excuse for how behind I am in updating this page. A lot to cover now.
   
We have been enjoying a mild winter so far here in Virginia; the groundhog saw his shadow so an early spring is forecast. The ground has hardly frozen all winter, and we have been able to school outside quite a bit more than usual for this time of year. Exciting stuff, because Event Season is just around the corner!
     Windchase Eventing is represented down south this winter; Cindy has just taken four horses down to Aiken, where she will be based until late March. While we miss having her here at Windchase, this is a great chance for Cindy to get in some early competitions and train with some of the top coaches in the country, so we are very excited about this opportunity for her. We want to make sure Cindy is safe when out training and competing, so we had a little send-off for her and gave her a bubblewrap suit.

     In the meantime, Amy Faison is doing a great job riding the young horses, along with Jineen and our great group of working students, Peytie, Rachael, Sarah, Claire, Christi and Grace. Our friend Mordacai is a great contributor schooling the youngsters as well. Much Thanks to them all!

     I would also like to give a shout out to all of our sponsors and companies who give us assistance. Hylofit and Equine Tech Collaborative, along with the generous help of Event Clinics, awarded Cindy a Hylofit system. This is much more than just a heart monitor, and it is already helping Cindy evaluate her horsesí fitness and plan an optimal conditioning schedule for them. We are all quite comfy riding in Voltaire saddles, and the horses love them too! And we are excited about switching to Buckeye feeds; I have heard so many good things about their products, and our high performance horses are already thriving on it. We also feed Grand Meadows supplements, Cindy is riding in Tucci Time boots, and our horses look sharp wearing ear bonnets from Snowden Creations. Thanks, all of you, for your help!

     The Windchase Winter jumping clinics are going strong; we have been having 4 or 5 groups jumping every Sunday. I will be announcing new Spring clinic dates shortly. And mark your calendars; the next Windchase Cross-country Derby will be on May 16.

Cheers,
Phyllis




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.

Cheers,
Phyllis



December 24, 2019

     Merry Christmas, from Phyllis and everyone at Windchase.


Silent Night, Holy Night

Cheers
Phyllis



December 1, 2019

     The 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 Clinics page.

Cheers,
Phyllis



November 28, 2019

     Happy Thanksgiving!

     I 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 so special.

     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.
     Jineen Reed, stable manager, trainer and life-long best friend, has been a huge part in developing Windchase in to what it is today. 
     Cindy 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.
     Amy Faison is an invaluable part of the operation riding, training, and overseeing the running of the daily routine. 
     Jose Bautista is farm manager extraordinaire; he keeps Windchase looking the best it ever has, and is constantly making improvements.
     Stephanie Brunkow, assisted by her daughter Savannah, keeps the competition and sale horses ready for work and looking their best.
     And 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. 
     We 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. 
      Many 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 joyous Thanksgiving.

Cheers,
Phyllis




November 14, 2019


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 Windchase Derby

Cheers,
Phyllis



October 13, 2019

     Windchaseís 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 cake.


Cindy and Phoenix at Morven Park

     Join 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 

Cheers,
Phyllis




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