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In which we have a fantastic show in NC.

March 30, 2010

We went to the March Magic show at Williamston NC.  Halifax, Cita and Xavoy were with us.

Xavoy was a super star, he got a 63% at 4th 3, which qualifies us to do a musical freestyle at 4th level.  We also made our debut at Prix St George.  In fact we rode the test twice, once on Saturday and once again on Sunday.  It was such a blast. Finally I get to ride FEI!  X was a really good boy, he scored 55% on his first attempt, and we moved up to a 56.83% on our second attempt.  Let me tell is was fun, but it isn’t easy, that’s a long test, in fact if you watch the video we make a mistake  and have to back and do the pirouettes!  The video of this momentous occasion is now up on You Tube.
Xavoy on YOU tube PSG

The other horses also had a great weekend.
Halifax was at his first licensed show. In the beginning he was tense and worried, but by day two he had settled. He did the 4 yr old test on the Saturday, scoring 7.39. He did training level on Sunday again. Once he settled down he was super. He has so much charisma and balance, he really is a talented horse. Here is a video of him doing his Tr 3, for which he scored 70.00%! Way to go Halifax.

Halifax doing Tr 3 on You Tube.

Miss CIta was as usual a super star, she is so elegant and serene and takes it all in stride. She was second in the Stakes class doing 2nd 2, and won money! On the second day she won 2nd 3 and did the same again on Sunday, also winning 2nd 3. She and April make such a nice picture.
Here is the video of her doing 2nd 3 on the Sunday.
Cita Normark and April do 2nd 3

It’s a long drive from Staunton to Williamston, but it was well worth it. The facilities are great, the footing is great, and the show personnel are pleasant and helpful. We had a fun time, thanks Martie and Sue.

Our next planned outing is Morven Park April 10/11th.

Knabs at the Horse World Expo PA.

March 4, 2010

SO we have finally recovered from the Horse World Expo in PA. We took the lovely Cita and X-man (Xavoy) as representatives of the Knabstrupper breed.  The lovely Cita was, of course, a fantastic hit, with so many people falling for her elegant good looks, She posed for many many pics with little girls (and few bigger ones)!

X-man was amazingly well behaved and managed not to bite anyone, though he lipped a few!   In the arena Cita was a bit nervous at first, but settled down to put on a really good show. X was pretty good and did most everything Hilery asked for though in his own inimitable style, of course.

Matt McLaughlin used both horses in his Teaching Piaffe and Passage demo, with Cita showing her talent for piaffe, by ‘getting it’ right from the get go.  Xavoy  did excellently as well, showing the intermediate stage of training.

In the booth we soon found out that it was essential to have a horse in the stall at all times. And people loved to see them.

Cita in the Knabstrupper booth

Ena came all the way from Denmark to help us in the booth and a fantastic support she was.  We were crazy busy, the first two days were slowish, but the Saturday was unbelievable. By 4 pm we were out of everything, all the brochures, all business cards, and most of the flyers.

Ena had brought from Denmark a selection of pictures of Knabstruppers from the past, a wonderful historical display. Much though I begged, she would not leave me with them, theough she did promise to get copies of some of them for me.  It was really neat seeing all these old pics of Knabstruppers from the past.

Ena arranged the booth space we had so that one wall was Knabstruppers in the past- old historical pictures, and one wall was Knabstruppers of the present- current horses competing and in training. On the 3rd wall was  Knabstruppers of the future- Pics of youngsters and of stallions available for breeding.

It was a very long and exhausting 4 days.  Many many thanks to April Shultz and Hilery Williams, who looked after the horses, and rode them in the breed demos.  Thanks to Matt McLaughlin who helped April and Hilery during the riding demos and in the warm ups. Also to Ena for her tireless explanations of “Just what was a Knabstrupper”.  Having her there added so much to the level of information, she has an encylopedic knowledge of the breed and it’s past.

We had a great time, and I think we introduced Knabstruppers to a lot of people.


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