Several of our students from Oliver Stables in Fairfax have been out and about this month competing in both Combined Tests and Starter Trials. Our riders have been strutting their stuff down centerline earning wonderful dressage scores, and clear jumping rounds. We would like to give a special shout out to Katie M. and her wonderful Arab, Prince on their first (of many) perfect 10 on her final salute.
March brought more beautiful weather and a fun experience for KBH students, Abby and Kenzie. Both riders did their first Fix-A-Test at Morven Park with VADA/NOVA. Our riders learned and lot and made wonderful progress with their tests. We look forward to showing off our new skills in the show ring.
With the beautiful and mild weather we have had this winter we have been able to get out in the arena for several wonderful rides, lessons and training sessions. KBH has already headed out to the show ring this month. McKenzie and Copper enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at Frying Pan Park for their winter show series. Even with large classes of 8 riders or more McKenzie and Copper rode accurate and beautiful tests for a 68.+% and 2nd place finish in their Intro A test, and a 71.5% and 1st place for their Intro B test.
Katie and Wiecor were able to take a lesson with Felicitas this January. Katie enjoys her lessons, and bringing new techniques to her students and clients. Wiecor and Katie forward to getting into the show ring later this year.
This was a hot and crazy month for KBH Equestrian. Katie several students attended the VADA Culpeper Dressage Show. It was one of the hottest weekends on record. Katie and Wiecor VA received their final PSG score for Regionals.
Abby and Copper had a very successful weekend after scratching her mid-day rides due to the heat, she qualified for Regionals at Training 3 and Dressage Seat Equitation. We are excited to see them compete in North Carolina in September.
Katie M. and her gelding Prince made their debut at First Level with a second place finish, respectable scores, and great feedback from the judges. They also competed at Training 2 and Training 3 with scores up to 67+%.
We had so many fun and new things happen this month, and the month is not over yet!
Our new trailer arrived this month, a 3-horse slant load Shadow trailer.
We finished up our last week of camp this month. It was great to see so many returning faces and a few new ones too! The kids enjoyed private lessons, arts and crafts, ground schools and barn management skills each day. Camp ranges from ages 4 and up.
We also celebrated Katie and Wiecor’s return to the show ring during Dressage at Lexington. Right before leaving Wiecor had the Super STAR treatment with Custom Saddle Fitter, Charlene Blundell. After some adjustments and little more flocking we were ready to set off for Lexington.
Both Wiecor and Copper enjoyed a stress free trip down to Lexington in our new trailer. This year was a bit more exciting with Tyler along for the ride. Katie and Nate were very thankful to have the Haraburda Family there to help. After arriving a bit later than expected Katie and Abby had a great late night school and were ready for the ring.
Katie and Wiecor rode the I-1 test in the FEI Test of Choice for a 67.6% and 3rd place, less than 1% off the leader. Then Saturday rode to a 73.8% and 2nd place in the I-1 Musical Freestyle, which also placed them 3rd in the FEI Musical Freestyle Challenge and earned them $200 in prize money. Sunday Katie and Wiecor continued to shine with their freestyle earning a 66.7% and 2nd place. Katie and Wiecor look forward to cleaning up parts of the freestyle.
Abby and Copper also had a successful weekend bringing in some of their top scores this season, while trying out a new class. Abby and Copper enjoyed positive feedback from the judge during their Dressage Equitation Class, along with a qualifying score for Regionals. They also scored an impressive 70% in Training 3 for a qualifying score!
This was a weekend of growth, success, and hard work!
KBH student Katie M. and her horse Prince continued to shine in the Combined Test arena at Frying Pan Park. They moved up to Beginner Novice. With a stellar dressage score and one rail over fences they earned 2nd place!
What another wonderful month for KBH Equestrian. We continue to be very busy with camps, lessons, shows, and training. We welcomed several new riding clients to KBH, we are excited to help them reach all their equestrian goals!
We also held our first of three summer camps! What a wonderful and (exhausting week it was. We had 11 campers ranging in age from 4 to 11. They enjoyed the ins and outs of horse “ownership”, along with arts and crafts and a ground school session.
KBH Equestrian and Grey Goose Farm are excited about our new 3-horse Shadow Trailer!! The wonderful people at Kingdom Trailers helped us select and order the perfect trailer. We can’t wait to get it in July!
Wiecor and I enjoyed a few wonderful lessons with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel. We look forward to more lessons and continue to improve in our training. So much to work on and learn, I’m glad we get to do it with the best!
May was an extra busy month for KBH!
KBH is a strong believer in cross training and encourages our students to keep things interesting for their equine partners. This month we traveled out to Frying Pan Park for a cross country schooling. The weather was perfect and the footing great even with all the rainy weather we have been having this month. The horses and riders had a wonderful and positive experience.
May also brought more great show experience/successes for KBH students. Abby and Copper continued to be successful at Training 2 and 3 in the PVDA Recognized show. They brought home a first and third place despite the poor footing and rainy conditions.
The rain continued with our first combined test of the season at Morning Side Farm in The Plains, VA. Katie M. with Prince brought home a 3rd place finish in the Baby Novice Division ending on her dressage score. Lili and Jaser also had a very successful outing at Beginner Novice. We look forward to more shows this season.
KBH was also excited at the opportunity to be able to purchase Katie’s long time equine partner, Wiecor VA. Wiecor and Katie have been partners for 4 years and have gone for Second Level to the FEI Level. Wiecor and Katie are excited about this new adventure and chapter together. We are so VERY thankful to everyone who has helped us along the way- March Enders, Wallace Kornack, Mary Flood, Tom Kornack, Wildfire Farm, and of course my family!
Abby and Copper made their 2016 show debut with scores up to 65% in less than ideal conditions. With lots of rain, chilly temperatures and poor footing they gain their BLM Championship qualifying score at Training Level. They will be looking forward to earning their GAIG scores as well this season.
Congrats also goes out to Katie M. with Prince and Lili with Jaser on their awesome placings in their first jumper show of the season. Way to go ladies!
Nate and Katie Haugh welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Nathaniel Tyler Haugh Jr. “Tyler” on March 16, 2016 at 11:34 pm.
Katie and Wiecor VA owned by Wallace Kornack returned to the show ring after almost 2 months to compete in the 2015 Regional Championship at Prix St. George, I-1 Freestyle, and I-1. With little practice and saddle time, along with Katie being 4 1/2 months pregnant they headed down center line with solid scores. They placed 7th in the Freestyle and had respectable finishes in both the Prix St. George and I-1 Classes. They look forward to competing in 2016 after baby Haugh is born.
Congrats to Abby and Copper on completing their first BLM Championship. They had respectable finishes and learned alot. They are looking forward to competing in recognized shows and championships in 2016.
Katie and Ruby V owned by Susan Lynch returned to the show ring after a few months of training and working. Rugby was very successful even though the weather (pouring rain) and ring conditions were horrible. Katie and Rugby came in second place in very competitive First Level classes all weekend. Rugby also competed this weekend with owner Susan Lynch. This was Susan’s first horse show ever! They did great!
Katie was also certified as a USDF Instructor during her testing held in PA. This was a challenging testing, but a wonderful learning experience as well. Katie was able to meet other talented young professionals in the industry. A special thank you to the examiners, USDF, and Uphill Dressage for putting on a successful testing. Congrats to all candidates on their personal and professional success!
No show news this month, Katie and Wiecor took the month off from showing to work hard on training. Unfortunately, Wiecor VA took a slip and pulled a tendon in his front leg. Thankfully after a little rest and relaxation he was cleared to ride again. Look for Katie and Wiecor to return to the show ring in October.
Katie and Wiecor had a very successful show at Dressage at Lexington. They had a personal best at I-1 with USEF “S” judge Sarah Geikie. The wonderful feedback and comments would have have March Enders proud. Katie and Wiecor went on to win both FEI- I-1 Freestyle classes, with the Saturday class being a FEI Freestyle Challenge Class. Katie and Wiecor’s score was the third highest FEI MFS score of the weekend. They were invited to an award ceremony and won money!! Congrats to all horse and rider combos.
June 6-7, 2015 was a VADA/NOVA Recognized Show at Morven Park. Katie Haugh attended with Wiecor VA owned by Wallace Knornack and the late March Enders. They showed in a very competitive Intermediate 1 class scoring a personal best 65.9+% on Saturday for third place. Katie and Wiecor were also third on Sunday with a 60.+%. These score qualify them for the Regional Championships in October.
Abby and NPJ Copper Sand were also successful this weekend, placing 2nd in their Training 2 Level class with a 59% and a 2nd in their Training 1 Level class with a 73.+%. This was their first 70% at a Recognized show for Training Level. Congrats to Abby and NPJ Copper Sand.
Katie and Wiecor VA look forward to riding their Intermediate 1 Freestyle at the Ride for Life show sponsored by PVDA in a few short weeks.
KBH Equestrian has been busy this month with several exciting events. Katie Haugh rode both Wiecor VA owned by Wallace Kornack and Ruby V owned by Susan Lynch in a Wildfire Farm Ride- A- Test to prepare for the PVDA show. They had a great time with all the riders from Wildfire Farm and enjoyed the comments and feedback from coach and judge, Mary Flood. Katie went on to have a very successful show with both horses. Wiecor VA went on to win the PSG out of 10 riders and place 2nd in the Intermediate 1 class with a 64.842%.
KBH’s student Abby rode NPJ Copper Sand at the PVDA recognized show to a new career high of 79+% . they brought home two BLUE ribbons on Saturday, and a 2nd ( 60.+%) and 6th (64.+%) place on Sunday. Abby and Copper qualified for the BLM Championships in October.
Katie Haugh was the C Level Examiner for the Casanova- Warrenton Pony Club rating May 23, 2015. She enjoyed working with all the riders and was impressed by their turn out and knowledge. She looks forward to working them and other Pony Clubs in the future.
Katie and Wiecor VA also participated in the Lars Petersen Clinic May 24th. It was a wonderful improvement from their December clinic. Lars commented on how much stronger the pair looked together, and was happy with their recent scores at I-1. Lars continued to help Katie and Wiecor with their canter pirouettes. Both Katie and Lars were happy with the progress and effort made by Wiecor.
An extra special thanks to Wally Kornack and Mary Flood for their continued support and encouragement this month.
So many great thing happened for KBH this month. We helped our wonderful client Amy sell her talented jumper mare, Bellatrix. Bellatrix found a wonderful new home with AA rider, Amanda. We look forward to helping Amy find her new equine partner.
We also had our first recognized and schooling shows. Katie Haugh and Wiecor VA started the season off great during the Morven Park VADA/NOVA Recognized show at PSG, with great scores- 63.816% and a 66.316%. Katie Haugh and Rugby V owned by Susan Lynch had a great first outing at first level- 63.906% at First 2 (BLM Qualifying Score), and First 3 63.824%.
KBH’s student Abby rode NPJ Copper Sand at the Everygreen Farm Schooling Show earning a 65.46% at Training 3. They scored a career high score of 73.46% at Training 2,With several 8’s, 9’s and even a 9.5!!!
Sharing a Dream: A Tribute to March Enders
March 26, 2015
Katie’s long time friend and sponsor, March Enders passed away March 26, 2015. Here is a tribute Katie wrote in her honor. Sharing a Dream- A tribute to March Enders
YAY for New Horses!
Katie Haugh and KBH Equestrian have been busy! We have helped a few of our clients find their forever partners this March. Congratulations to Valeri and Nikki Jacoutot on the purchase of 6 year old, Pop Fly. Pop Fly will be an all around mare, competing in Dressage, Eventing, Jumping, and Hunter/Jumper. Pop Fly will be boarded and trained with Katie Haugh.
KBH also helped Wenby Bossart and her trainer, Tami Heckman of Uphill Dressage search the internet for her new dressage schoolmaster, Anthony. Anthony will help his new partner Wenby learn the ropes of the upper levels. You may also find him in the show ring with trainer, Tami Heckman. Anthony will be in training with Tami Heckman at her beautiful facility, Uphill Dressage in Pennsylvania.
Congratulations to both riders!
Lars Peterson Clinic
December 7, 2014
Katie and Wiecor VA, owned by March Enders participated in the Lars Peterson at Windswept Farm in Waterford, Virginia. This was a wonderful opportunity for Katie and Wiecor to learn from a top International rider. Lars helped Katie and Wiecor push themselves to new heights. Katie was able to learn alot and looks forward to bringing this new knowledge to her clients.
USDF Instructors Workshop
November 16, 2014
This weekend Katie was able to participate in a wonderful USDF Instructors Workshop at Uphill Dressage with Bailey Cook. It was a wonderful experience, with positive feedback and guidance throughout the weekend. Katie is looking forward to taking the Instructor test soon.
November 10, 2014
We are on our way back from the national USDF Dressage Finals in Kentucky, and are very excited to announce that Katie finished in 5th place, with a score of 68.889% in 4th Level Musical Freestyle Open Championship, riding Wiecor VA, owned by March Enders.
It was an amazing experience to be competing with some of the top riders in the country, and we couldn’t be happier with the way Katie and Wiecor performed. It was a gorgeous venue and a wonderful experience; we look forward to next year’s event. Congrats to all of the riders we had the opportunity to meet and to watch- it was inspiring to see so many great competitors and their beautiful horses!
Adequan®/USDF Final Awards Standings
October 23, 2014
A special congratulations to owner March Enders for the success of her talented Hanoverian gelding, Wiecor VA in the USDF musical freestyle year end awards.
Katie Haugh and Wiecor VA placed in the top 10 for their Fourth Level Musical Freestyle out of 72 riders with a median of 71.333% (see full results). A special thank you to coach Mary Flood for her support and guidance, as well as, her thoughtful choreography. Thank you to March Enders for her wonderful choice in music and to Cynthia Collins for blending the music perfectly.
July 8, 2014
We have welcomed a new member into the KBH Equestrian family! Sinsational (or Sadie, to her friends) was born in March by Sinatra Song out of a Rosenthal mare, and was bred by Tami Heckman and Uphill Dressage. We’re very excited that, this week, she was awarded Premium Status at her Oldenburg Inspection! Tami will be expecting a full sibling for Sadie next spring.
Practice Makes Perfect??
March 25, 2014
We have all heard the saying, “practice makes perfect,” but have you ever thought about the importance of the equipment you use during that practice?
As riders we are always in search of the infamous “feel”. It can be hard to find the correct feeling we are looking for if we are constantly changing our equipment. This winter has been exceptionally hard, especially for me. The cold temps and severe snowstorms have made it difficult for me to ride in my tall boots. On top of it, my tall boots aren’t user friendly. They have caused sores, blisters, rubs, and calcifications making wearing them less than fun. I know the fix is easy, buy new boots, but I’m on a tight budget and can’t afford it. I usually take the winter off from my boots and ride in my half chaps. This year that wasn’t the best idea, I had just come off one of my best seasons and was looking to move up to PSG come spring. I started working on key skill for the next level- the tempi changes. The timing and feel were pretty tricky for me at first, but the more I practiced the quicker the feeling came. After a few short months, I was getting pretty good; the tricky part was getting ready for the show season and trying the tempi changes in my boots- EPIC FAIL! I couldn’t move the ankle or leg the way I could in my half chaps! I had to quickly re-learn in the next few weeks how to do the tempi changes.
So many times we have more than one set of clothes and equipment, we try so hard to keep our things show supplies “clean, and new,” because we spend so much money on each item- $60 for pants, $800-$1,200 for custom boots, $30 for gloves etc. It all adds up, and for most of us on a tight budget is hard to replace, let alone purchase the expensive things. Moral of the story- save up the money buy more than one pair of things- white pants for the show and a colored pair to practice in, in the exact brand and style you will use for the shows. You don’t want to practice without your gloves or with an item that will give you a different feel then you have in the ring. This goes for gloves, spurs, whips any anything else needed for the show ring. I also suggest spending a little extra money on the comfortable boots you can wear all the time. It’s time for me to start saving.
Until next time…
February 17, 2014
Alright everyone, I can’t believe I am doing this, but I am officially starting my BLOG!! I have been stressing over this moment for the last few months, yes, I do mean months. I honestly had no clue how to start, what to say, or how often to write, so please excuse me as I learn the “blogging etiquette”. I hope to spend this year sharing my personal journey to the FEI Levels- the highs and the lows inside the arena and out, as I juggle the pressure and work load of being a- wife, full time third grade teacher, and equestrian.
I feel as though I should catch everyone up on my equestrian adventure. I have been riding horses since I was 5 years old. When I was 9 my parents bought me my first pony, Airiel (who is still “kicking” at the age of 26). I have always dreamed of being an FEI rider, wearing the top hat and tails! Unfortunately, my top hat dreams have been dashed with the new helmet rules, but I can still look forward to the tails! Over the years I have done a bit of everything- hunters, eventing, Pony Club, jumpers, and of course dressage. I have also ridden with several trainers, and had the opportunity to trained in Holland. Currently, I am riding and continuing my equestrian adventure to the FEI levels with Mary Flood.
I came to Mary almost 8 years ago with my Quarter-horse Appendix gelding, Copper. It was the best decision I ever made, Mary has this uncanny ability to help a rider and horse reach their potential. She knows when to push, how much to ask and when to take a step back. She helped me take Copper from Training Level to Second Level in a year and a half!! Copper and I had a “love-hate” relationship, but Mary helped us come together as a team.
Copper and I grew up together, I was 12 and he was 5. We Pony Clubbed together, evented together (even though we were eliminated at EVERY water complex in the area), but hardest of all Copper and I learned dressage together . He really taught me a lot about myself and the sport, Copper wasn’t built for dressage , I learned the hard way. It was always a struggle to get the correct positioning, relaxation, suppleness, but he helped me get ready for my new ride, Wiecor VA.
Wiecor is a 15 year old Hanoverian gelding, owned by March Enders and trained by Mary Flood. Mary has been working with Wiecor since he was 5, and Weicor has been very successful with several different riders over the years. I was officially offered the ride October 2012, and I literally couldn’t believe it, my dreams were coming true. Wiecor was a big change for me. He is taller and wider than Copper, but boy can he MOVE, especially the canter. This was a big adjustment from my little Quarterhorse Appendix who could barely get a lengthening. Wiecor was not only taller, wider and a bigger mover, he was also trained higher than Copper, which brought a whole set of challenges. Wiecor came to me showing fourth level with his previous, very TALL rider, (please keep in mind I am only 5 feet tall, she was closer to 5’9″). They had just come back from Dressage at Devon with a 5th place finish, and a successful season at Fourth Level, talk about PRESSURE!
Weicor and I had a rough start to the 2013 season, we started off at Third Level and earned a score of 56% in our first test, but went on later that show to place 3rd with a score in the upper 60′s. You know the saying, “always a bridesmaid, never the bride”? Yupp, that pretty much summed up our season. We always seem to come in second or third place no matter what we competed in- Third Level, Fourth Level, or the Third Level Musical Freestyle. It wasn’t until we qualified for Dressage at Devon that things started to change for us.
Devon was one of the most amazing experiences. Not only did Wiecor and I finish well with two 7th place finishes and a 6th, with scores ranging from 63%-65%, we held our own in the toughest competition we faced all year. We later went on to clinic with Christoph Hess in October of 2013, He helped us channel our inner racehorse! Wiecor can be a little lazy at times, and Christoph had us in a half seat galloping around the ring and it never seemed fast enough! As crazy as it seemed at the time it really helped me, help Wiecor engage the hind end and find our “motor”. This along with Mary’s keen eye helped us prepare for the BLM Championships in Williamston, NC.
The Championships were another one of those, “surreal moments”. Wiecor and I came in as the under dogs, we hadn’t done much all season and weren’t much of a threat to the other competitors. Well, were we in for a ride! Wiecor and I had some of our best scores, placings, and comments from the judges we had, had all year- Reserve Grand Champion Third Level, Grand Champion Fourth Level, and Grand Champions Third Level Musical Freestyle. We also won an award for being the highest scoring Musical Freestyle of the weekend with a 76.333%. It was an amazing experience and I was fortunate to share it not only with my coach, Wiecor’s owner, and my family, but with my amazing husband.
Okay, I think I have caught you up on the highlights from 2013, but this year Wiecor and I are making the LEAP to the FEI Levels. This is uncharted territory for both us. Thankfully Wiecor and Mary have worked all of the Prix St. George movements for several years now, so Wiecor seems confident. I, on the other hand, seem to struggle even more these last few months. Not only am I trying to learn the new movements, like the 3 and 4 tempi changes, but I am a perfectionist, and after an amazing end to our previous season I feel the pressure even more. You would think as a teacher and college graduate that I would be able to easily count to 3 and even 4, but it is not so easy.
Until next time…