Well, in typical me fashion I am only about 6 + months behind on my updating. I seriously need a secretary for such things. I’m going to attempt to back track to where I left off last year. About a week after the clinic with Michael Barisonse (of course when I was on top of the world) Popstarr managed to tweak his right hind annular ligament. The great news is that there was no lasting damage and he would make a complete recovery. The bad news was it the worst possible timing (is there ever a good time for such things?). I probably could have pushed him to get him back in the ring in time for regionals and Nationals but in the process I could have potentially ruined him for good too. It was a no brainer, we through the book at him. Nothing but the best in vet care, compliments of Celeste Barker of Aiken Equine and took our time bringing him back. I’m thrilled to report he is 100% back and feeling better than ever! Almost 2 weeks after Pop got hurt I was involved in a freak, random horse spook/bolt/spin incident on a training horse where while I didn’t fall off he wrenched and yanked my neck and arms so bad I had pretty brutal whiplash, and muscle strains in my arms. I felt like a t-Rex. This of course came 2 days before I was due to show Brandon in his last Regional qualifier thus also knocking him out of the picture for championships. At the time it really sucked but of course like with most things this opened up some free time in my life to make some pretty big and amazing changes in my personal life that were much much needed and my family and business are so much better as a result. (Funny how these things work out) so here we are plugging along through the yucky winter weather training our little hearts out to get geared up for 2015. I have some amazing horses to show this year along with some incredible students as well. Popstarr is going to start the year out in the I1, and planning some of the I-A/I-B tests later in the year, Brandon is going to start the year out at 1st level and will jump to 3rd level over the summer or early fall if everything goes to plan. Traviotti is also really coming into his own and finding his groove. We’ve got plans for 1st and 2nd level shows starting this spring. I also have another Royale Farm (breeder/owner of Brandon RF) horse here for training and sale. She is quite special and will be doing some training and first level shows until she sells. Someone should seriously snatch her up now because once she cleans up in the show ring her price will skyrocket. We are also planning to Wrapped In Ribbons (Laira) back in the ring some this year between myself and Emily Grace which should be lots of fun and I’m also planning on showing Cosmic Confidant in the medium tour later this spring. Josiah is working really hard to master the incredibly tough Cosmo in an effort to get his last 2 scores (3rd level) for his bronze medal and move on to his silver. Jordyn Dunson is also planning to finish her bronze (3rd level scores as well) and move onto her silver with her sights on young riders next year on her incredibly talented Zidane. Ellen and Monty are making a comeback after a tough year struggling with Monty’s sudden onset breathing problems. They are working well with their sights on a successful training and first level year. Lysa and Bogey plan to improve their tests at 1st level and start working some second level in as well. And Jennifer Fales and Party are working exceptionally well together and are planning a fantastic year at intro and training level. Natalie Horton is starting to come down from northern NC one week a month (yay for homeschooling) each month with her tricky but super talented Holsteiner gelding, Cameron. They are planning to spend the year showing at 2nd and 3rd level with their sights ultimately set on young riders as well as Jordyn. And last but not least Leslie Slabaugh is planning to lightly show her incredibly talented young gelding in some 2nd and 3rd level work this year while eyeballing the developing horse PSG in the next year or so.
I think that’s mostly everyone right off the top of my head that have big plans for showing this year. I’m sorry if I’m forgetting anyone. Last weekend we attended the NCDCTA HOY awards gala. The Village always has a great time at this event and it’s awesome to watch everyone’s hard work pay off!
Village Show Results 2014:

March Magic Dressage Show

Briana Atwell riding HRH Popstarr- Open FEI PSG- 6th, 6th

Briana Atwell riding Brandon RF- Open Training 1- 1st

Josiah Bryant riding Pyper- JR/YR 1st level- 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect- AA 1st level- 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th

Jennifer Fales riding Party’s Miss Favor- AA Intro A- 1st, 1st and ASB High Score Award

Ellen Bradford riding King’s Mount- AA Training Level- 3rd, 4th and 5th

Budget Friendly Dressage Show

Briana Atwell riding Brandon RF: Open Training Level- 1st, 1st, 1st

Michelle Martin riding Remember Me!: AA Intro Level- 1st, 1st, 1st

Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect: AA 1st level- 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd

Kelly Farmer riding Diaz HGF: AA 3rd level- 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd

Jordyn Dunson riding Zidane: JR/YR 1st and 2nd level- 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st

Dressage In The Sandhills

Briana Atwell riding HRH Popstarr: Open FEI PSG- 5th, 3rd

Briana Atwell riding Brandon RF: Open Training Level: 1st, 1st, 4th

Michelle Martin riding HRH Popstarr: AA 4th level- 2nd, 3rd

Josiah Bryant riding Pyper: JR/YR 2nd level- 1st, 4th

Ellen Bradford riding King’s Mount- AA Training Level- 3rd, 5th, 6th

Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect- AA 1st level- 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 5th

Rise ‘N Shine Dressage

Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect- AA 1st level- 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd

Raleigh Summer Dressage I & II

Briana Atwell riding HRH Popstarr- Open FEI PSG- 1st, 2nd

Briana Atwell riding Brandon RF- Open Training Level- 1st, 1st, 2nd, 4th

Josiah Bryant riding Pyper- JR/YR 2nd level- 1st, 2nd

Collette Zimmer riding Emerald Impressions- Open 2nd level- 1st, 4th

Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect- AA 1st level- 3rd

Jennifer Fales riding Party’s Miss Favor- AA Intro level- 4th

Early Morning Blues Dressage Show

Briana Atwell riding HRH Popstarr- Open 4th level 3- 1st

Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect- AA 1st level- 5th

Labor of Love Dressage Show

Ellen Bradford riding Pyper- AA Training Level- 2nd, 3rd

Kelly Farmer riding Diaz HFG- AA 3rd Level- 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 4th

Jordyn Dunson riding Zidane- JR/YR 1st and 2nd level- 1st, 1st

Cool Down Dressage Show

Ellen Bradford riding Pyper- AA Training Level- 2nd, 4th

Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect- AA 1st level- 2nd, 4th, 4th

Pinehurst Fall Dressage Show

Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect- AA 1st level- 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd

NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage Show

Ellen Bradford riding Pyper- AA 1st level- 4th

Swat ‘N Sweat series championship

Open 1st level reserve champion- Lysa Hodgson riding the Usual Suspect
AA 1st level champion- Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect

NCDCTA Championships

4th place AA 3rd level- Kelly Farmer riding Diaz HGF
3rd place JR/YR 1st level- Jordyn Dunson riding Zidane
1st place JR/YR 2nd level- Jordyn Dunson riding Zidane

NCDCTA HOY Awards

Champion AA 1st level: Lysa Hodgson riding The Usual Suspect
Reserve Champion AA 3rd level: Kelly Farmer riding Diaz HGF
3rd place- JR/YR 2nd level: Jordyn Dunson riding Zidane
4th place- JR/YR 2nd level: Josiah Bryant riding Pyper
6th place- JR/YR 1st level: Jordyn Dunson riding Zidane

Congratulations to everyone and thanks for your endless trust and support in me as your trainer and/or instructor. I truly can’t tell each and every one of you in our incredible village how important you are to me. I really am the luckiest trainer in the world. Not only do I have amazing horses to ride and train but equally incredible students, owners and most of all friends. Can’t wait to make 2015 our best year yet! Much love, Bri