November 24, 2013
Yesterday Carolyn took 3 year old Kaiya out to her first ever competition under-saddle. It was only her second time off the farm in a year and her first time in a dressage arena. Proving what a terrific youngster she is, the cold, windy day and busy atmosphere didn't phase her at all. She earned great scores of 69.1% and 70.6% on her two dressage tests.
November 15, 2013
Earlier this week we heartbreakingly had to put down our wonderful foundation broodmare Paksenarrion. She lead a wonderful life and it brought us some peace to bury her at the same farm where she was born, and right next to her dam Jessica. Her legacy will live on through her amazing offspring.
October 28, 2013
This past weekend Carolyn took Ianto to his last outing of the season, a jumper show at Fox Chase Farm. He was super in all of his rounds, and it was a thrill to bring home the Reserve Championship in a division of 15+ entries.
October 19, 2013
The past two days at Fair Hill were absolutely amazing. Jayvyn handled the big, chaotic atmosphere so well. The highlight was the jumping phase were he put in an amazing round over the toughest course he has seen, and was rewarded with top scores, which earned him a final placing of 8th. The highlight was him receiving a score of 8.6 for potential as a successful CCI3*/CCI4* horse. Carolyn was the only amateur to place in the ribbons for YEH, and to do so on our homebred made it that much more thrilling. The future certainly looks bright for this terrific youngster. Photos by Shannon Brinkman.
October 8, 2013
This past weekend Carolyn and Jayvyn had their first outing at the Novice level at the Morven Park Horse Trials. Jayvyn was an absolute star, adding just a rail to his dressage score. He jumped around the very tough cross-country course like a seasoned veteran. We can't wait to take him to the YEH East Coast Championships next week.
September 28, 2013
Yesterday Carolyn took Ianto to HITS Culpeper and they put in good rounds in the Level 0 and 1 Jumpers. Photo by ESI Photography.
September 16, 2013
This past weekend Carolyn and Jayvyn competed at the Seneca Valley Horse Trials and had another great outing. They finished on their dressage score, and had bold rounds in both stadium and cross-country. They plan to compete next at the Morven Park Horse Trials. Photos by GRC Photography.
September 2, 2013
Yesterday Jayvyn put in a great showing at the Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Horse Trials. He finished on his dressage score, putting in a fabulous cross-country round, and placed 7th in a very competitive division. Photo by GRC Photography.
August 25, 2013
On Friday Carolyn took Ianto to HITS Culpeper for the level 0 and 1 jumper classes. He was wonderful, and it was terrific when he placed 4th out of 18 in one his classes. We are very happy with how this lovely youngster is progressing.
August 18, 2013
Yesterday was a wonderful outing for Jayvyn and Carolyn at the Waredaca Horse Trials in the 4 year old YEH competition. Jayvyn got a championship qualifying score of 78.36%. It was a real highlight when he earned one of the highest jumping scores of the day. The plan is to compete him at the YEH Championships at the Fair Hill International in October. We are elated that one of our homebreds qualified for such a special event. Photos by GRC Photography.
August 10, 2013
On Thursday Carolyn again competed Jayvyn at CDCTA's Dressage Schooling show in Warrenton. He put in two wonderful tests, and we were thrilled when he placed first for his Training 1 test with a score of 66.46%.
August 4, 2013
Today Carolyn took Ianto to a schooling jumper show at Moriah Farm where he put in some nice rounds over tough courses. Next up is HITS Culpeper at the end of the month.
July 28, 2013
Yesterday Carolyn and Jayvyn competed in the Kelly's Ford Jumper Derby. It was quite an intimidating course that included a berm and a grob, but Jayvyn did really well, including placing 3rd in of the classes. He also was terrific about the pouring rain he had to compete in. Video
July 13, 2013
Carolyn took Jayvyn on Thursday evening to the CDCTA Dressage Schooling show in Warrenton. They had really late ride times, which meant they got to show under the lights. Jayvyn was a superstar about the scary atmosphere, and placed 2nd in both his classes, including earning a 67.14% on his Training 2 test. Video
July 6, 2013
On Thursday and Friday Carolyn showed Ianto in the level 0 and level 1 jumpers at HITS Culpeper. Ianto was wonderful, including being super about showing in the spooky Grand Prix arena. We were thrilled when he placed 4th out of 27 in one of his classes. We can't wait for his next outing.
June 25, 2013
On Sunday Carolyn took Ianto to the HCHSA show at Loch Moy Farm. He was wonderful, and put in great rounds in the 2'6" and 3' jumper divisions. Next up will be Ianto's first recognized show at HITS Culpeper. Photo by Redline Photography.
June 17, 2013
Yesterday Carolyn and Jayvyn were at the Seneca Valley Horse Trials competing in the Beginner Novice division. They had a productive outing with a good dressage test that earned a 34.3. They went on to have a lovely clean stadium round, and then a nice cross-country round until the spooky last fence where they had a run out. However, they finished up well, and we are pleased with how this youngster is progressing. Video of their stadium round. Photo by GRC Photography.
June 4, 2013
This past weekend Carolyn competed Jayvyn in the YEH competition at Waredaca. It was a long, hot day, but Jayvyn handled it very well. He received positive comments on his type, gallop and willing attitude. Video of his dressage test.
May 26, 2013
Yesterday Carolyn took Ianto to the Sandstone Farm Jumper Show and he was terrific. He had a good showing in the 2'9" jumpers and placed 2nd and 3rd with nice clean rounds in his classes. Photos by Genuine Reflections Photography.
May 14, 2013
This past Sunday Carolyn and Jayvyn competed in their first YEH competition at Graystone Farm. Jayvyn was an absolute rockstar and got his first score toward qualifying for the East Coast Championships. The judge was especially complimentary of his jump and gallop. We are very excited for his next outing. Video of his jumping round. Photos by Tara Katherine Photography.
April 30, 2013
On Sunday Carolyn took Ianto to the Loch Moy Hunter/Jumper show. They had a very successful first outing of the year, earning top ribbons in both hunter and jumper classes. Photos by Ashlee Fleming.
April 21, 2013
Yesterday was a terrific day for Jayvyn and Carolyn. In their first event together they placed 5th at the Redland Horse Trials in the Beginner Novice Horse division. They are now qualified for the Area II Championships. Jayvyn was wonderful in all the phases, and we can't believe the maturity of this 4 year old. Video of his SJ round here.
April 1, 2013
This past Saturday was a big day for our 4 year old Jayvyn as he went to his first ever event at Morven Park. He has almost no competition experience, but handled everything like a pro, including his first time in a dressage arena. He was wonderfully ridden by Kurt Martin, and we are thrilled to say he finished in 4th place in his Beginner Novice division. Video of his dressage test http://youtu.be/xKJxj9aR_Hw and a short clip from XC http://youtu.be/R1wkg9VB2G8. Photos by GRC Photography.
March 24, 2013
Unfortunately Catty has sustained an injury to her annular ligament, so while she is recovering her much younger 1/2 brother Jayvyn is filling in. He went to the Morningside Combined Test yesterday just to do some jumping rounds and he was wonderful. He behaves with a maturity well beyond his age of 4 years old. Jayvyn also schooled on their cross-country course and was terrific. This looks like it could be an exciting year for him. Video of one of his stadium rounds from yesterday. http://youtu.be/k9OnFh-cixM
March 5, 2013
Carolyn has now returned from her trip to Aiken where she had a wonderful time, and made a lot of progress with both Catty and Ianto. She kept a blog while on her trip, which can be found here. A couple highlights of the week were a terrific lesson with Olympian Boyd Martin, and an outstanding cross-country school on both horses at the amazing Gibbes Farm. The week ended with Carolyn and Catty competing in their first event of the year at Sporting Days Farm at Training level. They had a wonderful outing including a clear round in show jumping and a clean, fast cross-country round to finish 8th in a competitive division. The plan now is to compete at Prelim at Morven Park at the end of the month. Photos by GRC Photography.
February 15, 2013
Despite the cold and dreadful ground conditions we have been hard at working getting ready for the spring season. Carolyn has been taking regular dressage lessons with Inga Janke. She has also been taking jumping lessons with Paul Ebersole and Gegi Winslett as her regular trainer is down in Aiken. Excitingly though Carolyn will be joining her trainer Kurt Martin in Aiken the last week in February. It should be a fun and educational time for her, and she can't wait to spend the week working with Catty and Ianto in a warmer climate.
January 5, 2013
Happy New Year!! We are looking forward to a wonderful 2013 here at Ash Knoll Farm. We have lots of plans for the year, and can't wait for the competition season to get started. Wrapping up 2012 Catty earned many year-end awards, especially exciting since she had been away from eventing since 2006.
United States Eventing Association Area 2
Reserve Champion Beginner Novice Amateur
7th Place Novice Amateur
7th Place Training Amateur
6th Place Preliminary Amateur
Commonwealth Dressage & Combined Training Association
3rd Place Senior Novice
3rd Place Senior Training
5th Place Senior Preliminary