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So it begins... Show Season 2014

Posted by Brenna on March 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, we have hit the ground running in 2014! I have already attended two of the three installments of the Carrots and Cocktails series held at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. I am so proud of the way my girls are handling themselves, and Melanie has started showing respectively at both 3rd and 4th level. I think it's going to be a fantastic show year! 


Melanie is now offered for sale. Please contact for more details!



Roux has also started showing now, and came out to do her first training level tests with marks as high as 67% at the very first show ever! I'm so excited for this mares future, I can't even say what level we'll show come summer, as every day she impresses me more and more.


Just a reminder that we are no longer breeding and are offering all of our broodmares for sale at a drastically reduced price. Please contact me for details on these outstanding mares!


Winter, Once Again!

Posted by Brenna on January 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

2013 blew in and out like a blast! We had an incredible season, with travel and new beginnings.

Ashley and Carter both had a successful show season in both the show jumping and three day eventing rings, bringing home many ribbons and getting the horses out and experiencing different rings!


I took another year off showing to focus on my university degree, which entailed travelling to Southern Italy to excavate a second century Roman cemetary. It was a once in a lifetime experience which fell right in the middle of summer, and as a result I decided that it was best not to put Melanie through the stress of having time off and getting in the ring.


However, look for all of us in 2014, we're all planning on entering our respective rings! Although the weather has been very cold this winter, it has given us the best training aid anyone can ask for, and on the warmer days we've been having a blast playing out in the hay fields! We all love the opportunity to get out of the arena, and are so lucky to have such big rolling fields with great footing that are perfect for strength training!



Winter Wonderland

Posted by Brenna on February 18, 2013 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Wow, it has been a long time since my last entry! Sorry for those of you wanting to keep up with our barn!


Winter has been quiet so far, and fairly uneventful (yay!) as we get ready for the upcoming 2013 show season. Melanie, my up and coming FEI mare is doing great in training, and is really progressing nicely. She made the adjustment to Ontario quite well, and is currently being stabled at the beautiful Fox Run Stables in Troy. I'm really happy with this mares progress, she has made the transition from Tess so much easier by being such a talented and willing partner. We're unsure of our 2013 show schedule as of yet, as I have applied to take July-the beginning of August off riding to continue working on my degree via a field school in Italy. Because of this, I have placed her on the market- yes, for sale! If she comes back to Calgary, however, we will continue our journey into the FEI ring in 2014.


Our monthly clinics have been very successful, and everyone is coming forwards nicely. It's always nice to fly home and visit everyone, and work with the horses and riders. It's amazing how stepping back and letting people figure things out between lessons allows them to grow, and become stronger riders between lessons. The progress everyone is making despite Calgary's frigid winters is fantastic, and again I have to say that I couldn't wish for a better group of clients!


On a more competitive note, Carter was the first rider this year in a show, taking Kosmo to the 0.60m classes at Spruce Meadows last weekend. We're so proud of this pair, coming out of their first jumper show ever with ribbons and clear rounds in both classes! Great job- can't wait to see what the 0.70m brings next time!


All in all 2013 is shaping up to be a wonderful year of growth for all of us. See you all March 23-24 for our next clinic!

August Rush

Posted by Brenna on August 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

August has been a very tragic month for us. Unfortunately, Email, my FEI mare suffered an aortic anneurism while being wrapped in the barn, and passed away at the age of 14, August 7, 2012. This of course came as a huge shock, and we are all feeling her loss.


The mystery illness I have been afflicted with all summer is starting to subside, thanks to the help of my 'team' of doctors. This means I've been in the saddle more, now that I've emotionally recovered from the shock of losing my dancing partner. I am still moving to Hamilton, and will be working at M2 Dressage. In addition to this, I will be offering a few lessons a week in the Hamilton region, and returning to Calgary once a month to teach clinics here. If interested in clinics in Calgary or lessons in Hamilton, please contact me at brenna@fhequestrian.com.

Our next clinic is scheduled for September 22-23, 2012 and is $100/private lesson.


While I am in Ontario, I have decided to name Robin Donais as the interm instructor. Robin has a keen eye for horses, and although she has not had much experience in the coach's chair, she has many years of experience working with all levels of horses. Robin specializes in the jumper ring, and I hope to broaden our program with different specializations. If interested in Calgary lessons with Robin, please email her at robin@fhequestrian.com. Please note that lessons with Robin require attendance in our monthly clinics.


Anyways, that's it for now. Hopefully September will bring us better luck.

Summer So Far

Posted by Brenna on July 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Again, I must apologize for my lack of regular updates. The 'mystery illness' is persisting, and after numerous tests, all we've been able to determine is that it's neurological, and these days most of my spare time is going into resting.

So far this summer, things have been going very well. Although I have not been competing in any competitions thanks to mystery illness, we've had an incredble outing by clients. I'd love to congratulate all my clients on the success they're had in the show ring. For many of them, it is their first year competing, and they've all done great! We've had new levels tried, challenges accomplished, and personal high scores at every show this year. It's great to see everyone boosting their learning curve, and accomplishing the same quality in the ring as we obtain at home.

 

I would also like to congratulate Marlyss Long on the purchase of Arosa! Rosie was bought as a schoolmaster for Marlyss and her daughters, and we can't wait to see them in the ring next summer!

 

On the breeding front, we've also had two foals born. Rhadix foaled first, and had a beautiful and refined bay colt by Fidertanz. Rubi had another incredibly powerful filly, this time by Weltmeyer. She's going to be a real contender for the international level! WOW. Both foals will be presented to the Oldenburg Verband for inspection.

 

Last week as well as this week we've switched gears and re-entered the world of show jumping. Tia (Tacori) is so far doing very well at her first outing, in the 0.85m and 0.90m divisions at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. This week will be a repeat performance for Tia, and Vienna will be joining her at the show in the 1.10m mini prixs!

 

Last, but not least, we ran our intermediate camp last week to great success. All the kids grew a level in their knowledge of proper horse care, and tried new things both in their dressage and jumping lessons. Our next camp is August 6-10, and is geared towards beginning riders. If you would like to register your child, please contact Brenna at brenna@fhequestrian.com.

 

That's it for now- stay busy!

Some changes for 2012...

Posted by Brenna on March 13, 2012 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone, sorry it's been so long since my last post- I know you're all sitting on the edge of your seats to find out what's been going on around here! All in all, it's been a very, VERY rough six weeks:


Although Kosmo passed his vetcheck, the buyer interested decided to back out, so although it's happy news that he remains available for the clients here, it's upsetting when someone wastes so much of your time.


I came down with 'mystery illness' and have had to take 2 weeks off riding so far. I'm still coaching, but am lacking luster these days. Hoping that the doctors can figure it out soon- don't worry, it's nothing contagious!


Lastly, last Friday we lost our coming yearling, Licorice to unknown causes. Everyone here is very shocked at how suddenly this happened (healthy to gone within a 2 hour time span), and we'll really miss this little girl. She was the sweetest foal we've had to date, and didn't have an inch of disobedience in her. RIP, Licorice. Photo credits to Allison Robbins.



So, all in all, in light of everything that's happened, I will be taking some time away from the farm starting in September, 2012. I am planning to travel to Ontario for a maximum of 1 year, and have found a fabulous private facility willing to take me and some client horses in. This means that I will FINALLY be available to train and consign your horses. I'm taking a very limited number with me, so contact me immediately if interested. We will be at an incredibly gorgeous barn, suited to making your horse look his best to a prospective buyer, or pamper him while training to the next level. The barn's website is available, please contact me if you'd like to take a look, too! I will also make the trek back to Calgary once a month to perform clinics and keep everyone in line- please contact me if you'd like to get involved with these, we'll have much more room for students than in the past, as I will work until I drop!


That's it for now, here's hoping that 2012 picks up!

New Contest!

Posted by Brenna on January 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

First of all- I'd like everyone to know that we're currently offering a contest in which the first 100 people to 'like' us on facebook will be entered to win a free breeding to our stallion. This breeding is available to use on one of your mares, or one of ours! So hop to it and follow the link:


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fox-Hollow-Equestrian/184054808326350


Secondly, lesson prices will be rising starting February 1st, 2012 to $45/lesson all inclusive for private lessons, and $30/person all inclusive for semi-private lessons. 


We will also be hosting two camps this summer- one for beginner riders, and one for intermediate/advanced kids. I'm hoping to announce these dates soon. $400/camp if we supply the horse, $350 if you bring your own.

Hi 2012, We're looking forward to you...

Posted by Brenna on January 13, 2012 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

So far everything is going great. All the horses are getting in phenominal condition, and looking great.


Our first scheduled gold level show is the AJYR show in May, so we're hoping to see everyone there!


It's looking like we've got all our positions for working students filled, so if you were hoping to apply, I can add you to a waiting list!


Both our pregnant broodmares are looking great, nice and plump and hairy, and Rhadix is of course, looking very pregnant, as always. They're both happy and looking great. We should have two very incredible foals this year by Fidertanz and Weltmeyer!


I will again be judging the Alberta Wild Rose Series in February on the 26th. Hope to see you there! Also happening this February:


February 3-4 - I have been accepted to speak at the Grant MacEwan University Conference in Edmonton

February 10-12- Gina is in town, so I'll be clinicing!

February  18-19- Next Instalment in our adult stable management seminar, this one on conformation and technique. Will be a 2 day event starting a 1:00 each day. Saturday is dressage, Sunday is Show Jumping. $20/day or $30 for the weekend- should be a lot of fun, come out and see what the judges are  looking for, and why!

February 26- Judging at Eversfield Equestrian


It promises to be a very busy month!

Oh, December.

Posted by Brenna on December 11, 2011 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

What a great month so far! Besides the terrible weather we've been having, it'll be a true white Christmas.

All the horses are doing great. Tess is getting back into shape and is schooling the PSG-I1 again, Melanie is learning about true collection, Roux is learning about balance... every one is really doing phenominally and is well on their way to a fabulous show season in 2012!


I was also awarded the Advanced Champion award with the Alberta Junior/Young Rider Association based on my competition results with Tess (Email) from our 2011 season. I'm so lucky to have such a great horse to work with on a daily basis.


Also, our barn shirts have come in, so look for us at clinics and shows- everyone's looking good! With the huge progress we're all making in our training, and our new clothing, we should be on fire in 2012. What a great way to end the year. 


Our adult stable management seminar on Lameness was a success, with some old faces, and some new. We decided to make it a festive event with holiday cookies and wine. Everyone walked away with something new on problems which can face our horses, and ways we can ensure their health. Our next instalment is January 7, 2012 and is on teeth, vaccinations, and common ailments. Come out and learn about how to recognize many common symptoms, and how to treat many illnesses!


On that note, remember that our current sale on horses lasts until January 1st, 2012. After this date, prices will rise, and some will no longer be offered for sale! Lessons are also postponed from December 30-January 9th, in spirit of the holiday season. Until then, we'll be working hard and getting everyone stronger!

November Craziness!

Posted by Brenna on November 29, 2011 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

What a crazy month it's been!

We've had much interest in  horses, lots of lessons taught, and clinics both taught and attended! Everything is going great. We all know where we are in our training, and have our goals set for next year.


Currently, we are accepting applications for summer working students from May to September 1st. We've only got one more position open, so if you're thinking that this is the right fit for you, please contact me ASAP!


What else is new, you might ask? Well, I have been asked to judge the next Alberta Wild Rose Schooling Show at Eversfield Equestrian. I hope to see everyone there. We've also decided to renovate the quarantine barn, and hope to have a facility with two stalls, crossties, and tack room with easy access to the quarantine paddock for turn out. This will hopefully be done by May 1st, 2012. We hope to be able to offer training board for two lucky horses from May through to September 1st.


Also! Remember that this Saturday is the next installment in our Adult Stable Management Seminars. This one is recognizing and treating common and chronic lamenesses, and admission is $20/person. Will be using teaching aids such as videos and x-rays in addition to diagrams and lecture. It starts at 1:00- so don't be late!


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