I wanted to make sure I got this posted before Valentine’s Day to remind you to stock up on Doggy Sweetheart Treats! Being the lovable fellow that I am, I’ll be giving out lots of kisses – the really wet kind!
Ah… where shall I start.. January was jam packed full of excitement on and off the farm. Kaelya returned and jumped right in by taking care of business at the shows. Winchester, Zenith Dance, Special Blend and Casino were very busy in their respective divisions and they all made us proud. Megan showed Chester, Zee, and Kona, and Miss Millie showed her horse Casino.
Winchester was learning how to be more huntery and equitationy, so Megan showed him in the Second Year Hunter division and in the $10,000 Hunter Classic. He was reserve champion a couple of weeks and just missed the cut off to come back in the second round of the classic. He was ridden by junior riders in the Equitation division and had several high placings. He will be a star – whatever class he was in, they tell me, he had great presence and was very elegant!
Zee’s goal was to move up to the 1.20 meter classes and he did. He is always exciting to watch and certainly seems to enjoy his job. He had the only double clear round on the last day.
Kona was Reserve Champion in the 3 foot PreGreen Hunter division three out of five weeks. Won several undersaddle classes and a classic and ended up …(fanfare!!!) Circuit Champion PreGreen Hunter! Miss Paula was so excited and she told me that Kona looked so handsome in his new cooler.
Miss Millie and Casino were Champion and Reserve Champion and won the Classic in the Adult Amateur division for the different weeks. My friend Casino is really something – he gives Miss Millie all the credit for understanding him so well and she gives him all the credit for being such an awesome horse!
From all accounts Megan and Kaelya did Bridlebourne proud!
Racing news –
A three year old filly out of one of Miss Paula’s thoroughbred broodmares, Red Hot Star, broke her maiden at Gulfstream by over twelve lengths – that is really good! We all knew her as Cricket, but her registered name is Stellar Vision. She looked like she was having fun. As I watched the TV, I remembered how I used to nip at her heels. That probably helped teach her to be fast – I should be listed as assistant trainer!
He’s So Chic, Mr. Jim’s and Miss Paula’s racehorse had a close one. He was in a photo finish at Gulfstream and ended up second by a nose. Maybe next time, Chicy. I should let his trainer know that I can be hired to nip at his heels! Back in November he won a race at the Meadowlands.
Foaling news –
Red Hot Star had a whopping colt, “Astro”, by Chapel Royal on January 31st. Mom and baby are doing fine. They will be taking a trip to Kentucky for Star to be bred to Pollard’s Vision.
Lady Dalliance had a whopping colt also, “Elroy” (are you catching this year’s theme??). Elroy is by Hunter Champion, Popeye K, and is a full brother to Dixie Kalliope “Kalli”. He is chestnut with a star and large snip with three tall stockings. He really is a looker. Lady will be bred to our friend Stacia’s Dutch Warmblood stallion, Richard (aka Decadent, aka Ravanelli).
Other than my sister, Hailey, still trying to boss me around, this has been a great month. I am really looking forward to all of the fun things that are going to happen in February. We have more horse shows, more horse races, more babies on the way, and more good times to be had by all.