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
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.
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!
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
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.
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