Strides & Tides: September 2013

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What a fantastic week we had in Sonoma! The weather couldn’t have been any better and the competition was fierce at another SOLD OUT Sonoma Horse Show. Every time we come to this facility they have made more upgrades. On to the updates…

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Kiera Hennigan and Mr. Bingley had an amazing show this week! They started out the week playing in the jumper ring…WON both classes and were CHAMPION! Then, she rocked her Eq classes…WINNING 3…and again, CHAMPION! Big congrats Kiera:-)

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Rouie Shue and Winslow had their 1st rated show together and they just got better and better! They worked in control and being smooth…and they are looking good! One of my favorite rides was the Cloverleaf…ended SECOND and Qualified for Medal Finals…awesome Rouie!!!

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Abby Pratt and Silouhette have been working very hard together and they really made strides at this show. Abbs came home with a bunch of THIRDS in some very big classes. Nice riding Fab Abb:-)

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Alexis Cristiano and Lulu…well, the picture says it all! This team is ready for the JUNIOR HUNTERS next year! Lulu has grown up and these two look fabulous together…makes me smile. They both got great ribbons, but what I love about Alexis…she is way more excited about the feel of an amazing jump…and she had many!!!

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Olivia Hill and Sensation rode in some huge classes! The competition in her AA Jumpers was awesome…and Olivia fit right in:-) Olivia received several THIRDS and FIFTHS in classes with 20plus riders…they looked great…congrats Olivia…I’m so excited for next year!!!

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Sarah Levi and Finn Again had their first show together…and, they lit up the jumper ring…yep, Finn and Sarah can move! Sarah also showed in huge classes…SECOND out of 18 and FOURTH out of 27!!! So much fun Sarah:-)

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Jodi Steel and CARLOS! Love this horse…and love watching him and Jodi as a team. They both had a super week…WINNING the Cloverleaf Medal, SECOND out of 19 riders in one class and SECOND out of 15 in another…such great rides and a fun week!!!

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I WANT CARROTS!

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Just tak’n a little stroll…

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Teamwork…

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Just look into my eye…

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Never a bad pic from Olivia and Sensei…you rock!

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Rebecca Heller and Utric. Utric sadly passed away last week. He was the horse of a lifetime. Utric had a huge heart and took our Becca to the Maclay Finals in New York. May he Rest in Peace, our sweet boy.

Team KMT

Wine Country Classic Mini Prix, 2013

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Olivia Hill and Sensation!!! A fantastic photo from the Mini Prix at the Wine Country Classic:-)

Wine Country Classic: August 2013

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We had another hot week at Brookside, but thanks to Sally (Alexis’s Mom) we had plenty of cool drinks! Wine Country had a great showing and the classes were big! Our riders and horses always make me proud:-)

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Olivia Hill and Sensation left a cloud of dust in their wake this week! She was CHAMPION in the 1.10m Jumpers, WON the Pickwick Medal and made us proud in the 1.25m Mini Prix…only 4 faults and a fabulous ride!!!

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Amanda Rael and Almost Famous were collecting BLUES this week in the AA’s and Equitation! They ended the week CHAMPION in the AA Eq and RESERVE CHAMPION in the AA Hunters. Congrats, Amanda, on a super week!!!

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Fabulous Abby Pratt and Silouette started the week out looking great, but towards the weekend Lalya wasn’t feeling 100%, so we took her to Pioneer for a check up on Monday. Hopefully, Layla feels better quickly!!!

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Alexis Cristiano and Stoneridge are looking so good:-) Lulu was FOURTH in the Hunter Derby, WON one of his Hunter Classes and had great ribbons in the others…nice riding! They ended the week FIFTH in the AA/Children’s Hunter Classic…whoop whoop!

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Lexi Pandell and Hijinx had their first show after a long lay-up…and Jinx was having a blast zipping around the ring. I think Lexi was too! They received a couple SECONDS in some big classes…so much fun:-)

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Party Hat had his second show experience…he is learning fast! Came home with a BLUE in his Under Saddle out of 10 horses…yeah!

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Thanks for coming Edie!

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Enjoying the show

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Catching some shade

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Love this pic Abbs:-)

Giant Steps Charity Horse Show: August, 2013

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What a fantastic week! Giant Steps had over 800 horses…WOW! The weather was cool and the riders and horses were awesome!!! We all enjoyed the VIP table…delicious food and a great view of the Grand Prix and Main Hunter Ring. On to the highlights…

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We will start with Isabel and Amour! This was their first rated show…lots of questions and many more smiles. This adorable team WON their first class and ended the show coming home with both a RESERVE CHAMPION and CHAMPION ribbon…yeah Isabel:-)

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I was so proud of Alexis and Lulu! You two are growing together more each show. You ride in some of the toughest hunter divisions and you do such a great job! These two were THIRD in the Modified Hunter Classic and SECOND in the Children’s/AA Hunter Classic…with over 30 riders! A great show;-)

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Fab Abby and her Layla always look so pretty! They both got some great ribbons in the Children’s and are getting to know each other a little more at each show. Hugs Abby!!!

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Erika and Zen are always so much fun to watch! They rocked the 1.0m Jumpers…SECOND out of 30 riders! We then moved up to the 1.05m Jumpers, and well, as you can see in the photo…she thought they were much bigger! She was great…a little tired from all the effort, but still awesome to watch:-)

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Amanda and Polly started out their week by WINNING the NorCal Medal…nice!!! They got great ribbons in the AA’s and SECOND in her Equitation Flat…love it!!!

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My favorite line from Olivia riding Sensei this past week was…”he is my soulmate”. I agree! They rocked their AA Jumpers coming home with a SECOND and SECOND in the Classic…always had a crowd watching…awesome riding Olivia!!!

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Next we have Emily and baby Wilbur:-) We didn’t know if we were going to show, as this was his first rated outing. But, what the heck…they decided to play in the cross rails. It was a great experience for both with a lot of confidence building. Wilbur was very brave and seemed to really enjoy himself…and Emily was smiling! We love small wins for babies!!!

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Baby Albert aka Party HatCHAMPION in the Baby Hunters!

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Enjoying the VIP Berm

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The girls got purple bows for Isabel’s show debut

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Fun times watching the 6 Bar

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Great entertainment

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Top 10 in the AA/Children’s Hunter Classic with over 30 riders!

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Goofy girls

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Ahhh…Albert

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And again…he’s so cute

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Just one more;-)

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Having some fun

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Nice position Isabel

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I love this pic!

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Happy horses looking for treats

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Teamwork

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Fancy pants Lulu

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Love my horses!

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Amanda loves Pollywog

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Isabel is missing something…Amour!

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Hugs all around

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Amanda, Sierra and our barn mascot, Petunia, are up for a visit…thanks!

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Sportsmanship

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This is why I love my clients…SO MUCH FUN!

A HUGE thanks goes out to our barn photographer…Sally, you rock!

Thank you Alison and Amanda for coming to help out!

This was a great show and so much fun. A big thanks to my clients and their families for supporting this crazy passion of ours:-)
Congrats to ALL!!!
Kelly

Almaden Too Horse Show: July, 2013

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The Almaden Too Horse Show brought back a lot of memories from when I was a young rider. We all stayed together in a condo in Pajaro Dunes…lots of great food and beautiful sunsets! Our horses loved the cooler weather and all our riders looked great!

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Kiera Hennigan and Waffle had a fantastic show! They showed for their first time in some 2’6 classes…looked super. They even WON the CCEA Medal Class. They ended their week RESERVE CHAMPION in the Short Stirrups! Congrats Kiera on a great show!!!

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Chris Herauf and Chance looked beautiful this week! Chance started his week out CHAMPION in the Low’s and ended the week CHAMPION in the Low AA Hunters and Equitation! To top it off, Chris ended up SIXTH in the CCEA Medal Finals…the leading amateur! Great week Chris and thank you for cooking your AMAZING lasagna!!!

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Emily Johnson and Tapatio are looking better and better in the 3′ ring! They started out their week by WINNING the Almaden Medal and ended the week RESERVE CHAMPION in the AA’s…love it!!! Thanks Emm for all your help with the house and for cooking your yummy enchiladas!

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Baby Albert aka PARTY HAT played again this week and was such a good boy! He showed for the first time and he really enjoyed himself…so proud of him!

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Tio couldn’t get enough of Bobbing For Apples…too funny!

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Yovanni…THANK YOU!!!

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Enjoying the Pajaro Dunes sunset…

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Rock stars…

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Albert enjoying the view..

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Awesome pic!

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Mexican!

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Classic Champion!

Such a great week! A big thanks goes out to all the cooks and show supporters!
THANK YOU!!!

Woodside Horse Show: June 2013

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Another successful show and some fantastic weather makes for a great week at Woodside! Thank you Sally Cristiano for taking such amazing photos and for being such an awesome barn Mom!!!

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Olivia Hill and Sensation were so fun to watch at this show! Olivia WON two classes and was RESERVE CHAMPION, not only in the Open 1.10m Jumpers, but also in the AA Jumpers…WOW, great show Olivia!!!

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Sierra Hoadley and Vodka Orange also keep rocking the jumper ring…WINNING a class and a couple SECONDS! Sierra also moved up to the 3’3 Medals at this show…jumping to the next level:-) They were FOURTH and received a couple SEVENTHS…nice riding!!!

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Alexis Cristaino and Stoneridge had a great show too! Alexis rode in a tough Modified Hunter Division and was THIRD, FOURTH and SIXTH! They also played in the competitive Children’s Hunter Division…SECOND and FOURTH in the Classic…whoop whoop!

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Abby Pratt and Silhouette looked great out there learning the ropes in the 3′ ring! Fab Abb WON an Eq class and got great ribbons in the Childrens Hunters…THIRDS and FOURTHS…nice job Abby!!!

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It was so great to see Mickey Krinsky and Allegiance back showing…loved it!!! The highlight of their week…CHAMPION in the Equitation! Mickey looked so surprised, but I thought they looked great!!! Congrats Mickey:-)

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WOW…yep, that’s all I have to say here:-) Erika Carlson and Zendaya rocked her second show…yes, her second show over fences and she looked like a PRO in the GP arena. Erika was THIRD in the 1.0m Jumpers and Zen was also SECOND…out of 20 riders. That horse can JUMP!!!

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Such great juniors we have!

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I think Sensei has wings:-)

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Had a blast on Zen!

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Handsome Lulu

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Can that smile get any bigger?

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Some Derby fun…Layla ended FIFTH

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Love’n the jumpers!

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And baby Albert played too

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Wouldn’t be Woodside without PIZZA CHICAGO!!!

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Catie grew wings…hmmm?

Such a fun show with great riders and horses! Congrats to everyone!!!
Team KMT

Beach Party Horse Show: June 2013

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I don’t even know where to start…such an awesome show! Amanda Rael and her team created a Beach Party Barn theme that rocked the show! And even though temps hit 113…our riders showed on and our horses were happy. There was lots of bathing and Brookside had plenty of shade and green grass to graze on…loved it!!! This show had about 300 horses and the days were long, but we all had a blast.
So…on to the results!

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Kiera Hennigan and her new horse, Waffle had a fantastic show! They were EIGHTH in the Bitsy Shields 3-Phase Classic…out of 30 riders! On top of that…they were CHAMPION in the Short Stirrup Division…great show for their 1st rated show together:-). CONGRATS!!!

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Kelly Edwards and Skye showed for the first time in 30 years! Welcome back and CONGRATS on ending CHAMPION and WINNING two classes in your Long Stirrup Division…yippeeee!!!

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Neal Nixon and Sunny got a big gulp of water and are always a blast to watch! These two have so much fun together…and it shows! They were RESERVE CHAMPION in the Long Stirrups…LOVE IT!

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Jodi Steel and Carlos had their first show together…and WOW, they are quick learners…and I never thought Carlos could move and turn so fast! Yep, looking awesome in the jumper ring…RESERVE CHAMPION and QUALIFIED for the Cloverleaf Medal…nice riding!!!

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Amanda Rael and Polly looked amazing this week! They did the Derby and Amanda rode the best I have ever seen her ride…just had an unlucky rail, but I gave them a 90! Amanda’s runner-up highlight was most definitely the Palm Tree Eqitation…they were SECOND out of 30 riders. This 3 Phase Classic was tough! Congrats Amanda!!!

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Chris Herauf and her new horse, Chance, are quite a pretty team! This was Chris’s first show in a long while and I loved watching them together! Chance started his week out CHAMPION and WINNING a hack class with 25 horses! Chris followed up the week by coming in SECOND and FOURTH in the Low Child/Adult Hunters…and to top it off, SIXTH in the Flamingo Equitation Classic (30 riders), with an 85 score on the flat portion, WOW! A great week Chris:-)

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Emily Johnson and Tapatio had their second show in the 3′ ring…a tough division! Tio started out the week RESERVE CHAMPION in the Performance Hunters, WINNING a class…and was SIXTH in the Hunter Derby with an 84 score…love that horse! Emily worked hard this week and QUALIFIED for the Horse & Hound Medal Finals…yeah!!!

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Erika Carlson and Zen were AWESOME! If you can believe it, this is Zen’s first show over fences and they looked fantastic! They started out in the .90’s/.95’s and ended the week in the 1.0m’s in the big ring! Look at that jump…LOVE IT!!!

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Such a pretty barn!

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Thank you Amanda!!!

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Haha…love this!

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Zen and Erika finding some shade:-)

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A little bit of schooling…Carlos and Jodi

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAWN!

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Zen is studying her course.

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That’s a long ways down…

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Loved the flowers!

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Lots of time for grazing…

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Even Yovanni got in the party spirit!

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Fun times:-)

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Thank you Connie for all your help and support!!!

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Yep, that’s me all crazy…I think it was from the heat!

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Wouldn’t be a Beach Party without Mai Tai’s…

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…or a cold beer!

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Thank you to everyone that supported us, cheered us on and provided us with cold water! This was a super successful show and so much fun!
Team KMT rocks!!!

Star Vaughn Horse Show: April, 2013

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We had a week of beautiful weather at a lovely facility, Leone’s Equestrians. Our horses were fantastic and our riders rode awesome. We had a blast!

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Emma Tyrrell and Palladium looked amazing this week! The highlight would have to be the SECOND in the SVS Hunter Derby…a great ride! Emma rode in the Junior Hunters this week and came home with lots of SECONDS. I think Jerry makes quite a handsome hunter:-) Congrats Emma!!!

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Emily Johnson and Tapatio were on fire this week! This was Emily’s first show on Tio in the 3’s…and they looked like old pros:-) This team was CHAMPION in the AA Eq Division and RESERVE CHAMPION in the AA Hunters…wow!!! Great show Emily!

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Baby Albert learned a lot at this show and really seems to like traveling. He was so brave and well behaved! I especially think he loved all the delicious grass:-)

Congrats Team KMT…awesome show!!!

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Fun times!!!

Brookside Premier, April 2013

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What a fun week we had at Brookside! Although we had a bit of rain, we only missed one day and had a fantastic rest of the show:-) The facility, footing and staff made for a successful time.

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Sierra Hoadley and Vodka Orange had an amazing show! This super duo was CHAMPION in their Jumper Division and SECOND in the Cloverleaf Medal. I was so proud of these two!!!

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Olivia Hill and Sensation were SENSATIONAL! How fast can you go? So fast!!! They started the show RESERVE CHAMPION in the 1.10m Jumpers and ended the show by WINNING the $1000 Ch/AA Jumper Stake…awesome ride Olivia!!!

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Amanda Rael and Almost Famous looked beautiful this week! WINNING a class…several SECONDS…and RESERVE CHAMPION in the AA Hunters!!! Nice riding Amanda:-) and we must not forget…THANK YOU for your Oreo-Reese’s Dessert…SO DELICIOUS!!!

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Abby Pratt and Silhouette had their first show together…love this team! They rode in the 3′ Children’s Hunters and Equitation for the first time…lots of get-to-know-you time. Keep your eyes out for this pair…great ribbons and so fun to watch! Looking good Abbs:-)

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Alexis Cristiano and Stoneridge had their first 3’3 show together…and they just looked better and better! Lewis is still green to horse showing, but is growing up with each show…so fun to watch:-) They ended the show with nice ribbons, but better than that…they just work really well together. Alexis…you are doing a super job!!!

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YES…we are amazing bowlers too!

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Hmmm…do any of you have a license?

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Abby Abby everywhere!

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Layla love’n her dinner

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Albert watched the show too…fun!

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Love these girls, but where’s Abby?

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Polly in the Hunter Derby…top 12:-)

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Abby and Layla looking good

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Layla in the Hunter Derby…7th!

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So pretty!