Our New Covered Arena is Up and Awesome!

Published on February 19, 2015 by in Farm, General, News, Other

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River House finally got it’s covered arena! After missing our indoor arena in New Hampshire for two years, we’ve put up an over-sized covered arena at our Williston, Fl location! The building and super sand/rubber/fiber mix footing are complete and we are enjoying riding in it, rain or shine. This building will be a huge asset come sunny Florida summer. We just have three pieces left to complete before our new covered is 100% finished: a wall of mirrors across  the far end, a watering system to keep the riding surface in tip-top shape, and two viewing areas to either side of the entrance. We also put in a lot of new fencing with the arena project. The farm is looking good and becoming an ever better facility for training grand prix horses. Take a look at the pictures from the various stages of the arena project in the gallery below.

 

 

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Outside at the US Dressage Finals (Susan J Stickle Photo)

Outside at the US Dressage Finals (Susan J Stickle Photo)

2013 has been a great year, and a well-traveled year, for Bahai and Nora. The good news started with a training grant from the New England Dressage Association to pursue High Performance Grand Prix. Bahai and Nora’s show ring success for the year started with multiple wins in Wellington and north Florida in the Developing Horse Prix St Georges, as well as a promising Intermediare I debut.. Their undefeated run in the Developing Horse Prix St Georges qualifiers earned them an invitation to the Markel Developing Horse National Championships in Lamplight, IL. They also received an invitation to the Developing Dressage Training Session with Debbie MacDonald at Hassler Dressage. This training session was a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of our nation’s very best trainers and competitors. After the training session in Maryland it was back down to Florida for a few weeks and then up to Illinois. Nora was thrilled to get to work with Debbie several more times at the Developing Horse National Championships and delighted when Bahai finished sixth overall. Their performance at these championships as well as in the training session with Debbie McDonald lead to a Developing Dressage Training Grant from the USEF High Performance Committee to pursue Developing and CDI Grand Prix. From Illinois, it was back to Florida to regroup before heading to Georgia for the USDF Great American Insurance Group Region 3 Championships held at the sight of the 1996 Olympic Games. Bahai and Nora had a stellar ride in the Open Prix St. Georges, taking home the Championship with a 71.908% and earning the highest PSG qualifying score in the nation for the inaugural US Dressage Finals. They had a good enough Intermediare I Championship ride, just Bahai’s third time at the level, to earn a Wild Card spot for the Finals. So, it was back to Florida for a few more weeks and then onto Kentucky for the US Dressage Finals. Although the Finals was not Bahai’s best show, being part of the inaugural competition and competing in the spectacular Alltech Arena was well worth the trip. Now, In December, Nora and Bahai have been using some of their grant money to prepare for the Developing Grand Prix for next year. They’ve been shipping down to White Fences to work with Shelly Francis and get a leg-up for next year! Check out the journey in the photos below!

 

 

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Lots of good stuff happening for River House riders lately!

 

Nora was thrilled to receive a generous training scholarship from the New England Dressage Association. She will be using the funds to train with long time High Performance competitor and trainer Shelly Francis in White Fences. Nora will take both Farleight and Bahai down for several training sessions this fall – work towards High Performance grand prix.

 

Nora and Bahai received more good news when they were recently invited to the Developing Dressage Training Session with Debbie McDonald at Hassler Dressage. They will be heading up to Maryland at the end of July to participate. Farleight will also be going to work with Scott Hassler.

 

Gilberto Gonzalez, River House’s Working Student/Barn Manager Extraordinaire, also received good news this month. He earned his USDF Silver Medal! Riding the special Grand Prix schoolmaster, Weide, Gilberto earned his fourth level scores during the winter show season and made his Prix St. Georges debut this spring – earning the full Silver Medal in just six months! Great job Gilberto and Weide!

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River House Hanoverians has officially moved to Florida! On August 30th, the final loads of River House horses, corgis, and riders arrived in Williston, FL to set up permanent residence.  The mares and foals, yearlings, and two year olds are enjoying grazing on the lush Isaac fueled, Florida grass and seem to be happy to be rid of the nasty biting flies of NH.  The competition horses are having a blast being put back to work slowly with lots of trail rides through the fields and live oak hammocks. The arena footing feels great after the summer and it’s been fun to ride out in the big ring again.

We are excited to have  brand new, rubber-lined grooming stalls in the barn. Nora has been working hard on other things to whip the barn into shape, like laying extra mats in the aisles, putting in new wiring to allow for fans in every stall, and much more. Jeanie brought some of her antiques down from New Hampshire, so the Florida house is getting a bit of an old New England farmhouse makeover. Verne is busy working the new hay farm in Greenville, FL to make lots of high quality perennial peanut hay for the horses.

Check out some new pictures of the improvements on the Board/Training/Facility page.

The corgis seem to be happy to be back in familiar Florida. They are thrilled to be unpacking, rather than packing! All three, Suma, Dupper, and Besser, got their belies shaved and are having fun digging dens in the sand and writhing in the grass.

There is still a lot more unpacking and organizing to do, but it’s great to finally just be here! Now, everyone come visit!

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On Sunday, July 15th, River House Hanoverians hosted its 25th annual American Hanoverian Society Inspection. The Inspection itself was a great success, but with great food, fabulous people, and a LASER light show, it was hard not to see the Saturday night party as the main event! Our usual caterer, the infamous Emma Batchelder, was otherwise engaged at a CRNA board review coarse in North Carolina, but she was kind enough to come up the week before the Inspection to fill the freezer with her culinary creations. Jeanie and her sister Teresa, with much appreciated assistance from friend Susan Kennedy, also cooked up a storm on Friday and Saturday morning in preparation. The party was very well attended and the food and beverages seemed to be well appreciated. The two wheels of baked brie – a sweet and a savory – were a highlight. Susan and Nora spent most of the party in the kitchen, turning out platters of seafood bites, sausage rolls, artichoke cups, spanakopita, and much more. Sally Seaver brought a delicious, bakery-fresh chocolate and raspberry cake decorated to commemorate River House’s 25 years of hosting. Check it out in the photos below. After the wine and food, the festivities really got going with Rick Feehery’s impressive and entertaining LASER light show in the indoor arena. People really enjoyed it, some were even brave enough to boogie! Rick built the LASER himself and used it to animate/illustrate a very eclectic selection of music – including Queen’s We Are The Champions, Infected Mushroom’s Pink Nightmares, and Adam Levine’s Moves Like Jagger. Again, please enjoy the photos below.

Despite the rocking party on Saturday night, everyone managed to make it to the actual Inspection bright and early Sunday morning. Everything ran smoothly and people seemed satisfied with the results. Penny Loschiavo was happy that her lovely big girl, Roccadera (Rascalino/Donnerschall), successfully navigated the free jumping chute and the undersaddle test (under the expert guidance of Deb Dean Smith) to reach Elite Mare Candidate status. Jennifer Davis’ Royal Ruby (Royal Prince/Wallstreet Kid) trotted away with the top Main Studbook Mare Inspection ribbon. Eliza Rutherford came with a slew of foals and walked away with the top colt nod for her Blue Hors Romanov/Stedinger foal. River House’s two Bretone fillies were adorable show offs. The judges had high praise for Burberry RH (Bretone/Glorieux), saying that “you couldn’t have a better head and neck confirmation” and showed a nice uphill tendency in her movement. Bellatrix RH (Bretone/Weltmeyer) also received very positive feedback about her “harmonious movement” “lovely top-line” and head  – receiving an overall “8″ on her confirmation. Moriarty RH (Maronjo/Bretone) was similarly well-received, warranting comments about his “nice type” and “good shoulder”.

Thank you to everyone – for coming to our party and bringing your nice horses!

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On June 11th, SPS Mijou (Matcho x / Argentan) gave birth to an adorable bay filly that we are calling Belita RH. Belita, or “Little Beauty”, is a diminutive little diva. She is super sweet, but has lots of spunk too!

Belita RH looking ADORABLE

What a CUTE face

"Ooh CAMERA! I must look cute!"

One day later, on June 12th, SPS Weltfee (Weltmeyer/Lord Udo xx) delivered a stunning, chestnut colt. Bacardi RH is a tall, leggy colt with a gorgeous head and neck and a lot of presence. Like our other Weltfee/Bretone foals, Bacardi looks to be a very good mover.

Bacardi RH - Another gorgeous Tony face!

Bacardi RH showing off his handsome physique

On June 21st, EM Gleucksfee (Glorieux/Grafenburg) had an elegant, bay colt. Bramble RH, is a lovely red bay with perfect markings – four white socks and a star! Bramble is tall and refined and seems to have a very amiable personality.

Bramble RH Resting on his 1st Day in the Big Wide World

Bramble RH Flexing His Handsome Neck

4 White Feet!

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VIDEO – Barcelona RH Schooling in Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO – Mandolin RH Schooling in Florida

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River House sent three young Hanoverians to compete at the FEI level at the Florida Dressage Concours at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, FL last weekend (February 26-27). Each one came home with a blue ribbon and a sweet score. Nora rode her 9 y.o. Farleight (Florestan/Lemon Tree) to a win in his qualifier for the USEF National Developing Horse Championships with a 67.647%. Farleight also took second in his second Intermediare I ever with a 66.842%. Jeanie let Nora show her special 8 y.o. boy Wilde Card (Weltmeyer/Akut), AKA Wilber, in his first Prix St. Georges ever and he won with a 67.105% – the highest PSG score of the show! And the third blue ribbon went to 9 y.o. Just Livingston (Loerke/Walttzertraum) – owned and trained by Caroline Stearns – he put in an impressive Intermediare I test with Nora to win with a score of 68.421%.

Way to go River House – bringing home the blues with Hanoverians!

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River House has just been informed that EMC Bahai has won the 2010 Englar Friedlaender award, which is given by the American Hanoverian Society to the mare with the highest Mare Performance Test score in the country. Bahai scored a 7.25 on jumping, an overall 8 on her gaits, and a 9 on rideability – giving her an overall score of 8.08.

River House was also pleased to find that Bretone was once again the All Breeds Champion in the Grand Prix Freestyle. He has been the champion in this category for three straight years – with season averages well over 70%!

EMC Bahai - Highest MPT Score in the Nation

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River House’s 23rd annual Hanoverian Inspection took place on Sunday, 25 July 2010. Despite some runway problems in Milwaukee, which prevented two of the AHS delegates from attending, the 2010 Inspection ran rather smoothly! Fortunately, it only takes one judge for the show to go on and one judge, Gerd Zuther, was able to attend. His wife Yvonne, stepped in to assist in recording the scores. The five River House foals were very cute and showed off well, although I (Nora) must admit that Rue Baby was the star! Of course, I am not biased, or anything like that. We also presented three of our mares for the Studbook inspection: Mandolin (Maronjo/Argentan/Matcho x, better known as Emma’s ‘Mandy’), Bette Davis RH (Bretone/Weltmeyer/Lord Udo xx), and Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon/Matcho x). All three easily passed and were accepted into the Main Studbook. Bahai was the Reserve Champion Hanoverian Mare for this in-hand inspection of the mares, while Eliza Rutherford’s lovely Royal Corazon (Royal Prince/Donnerhall) was Champion. Valerie McCloskey’s Thoroughbred mare, On April’s Dawn, was named Champion Non-Hanoverian Mare. Judge Gerd Zuther congratulated all of the breeders on the exceptional quality of the mares, as well as the foals, presented at this inspection site. I also chose to present Bahai in the Mare Performance Test. The MPT consists of free jumping and an under saddle test in which both the gaits under saddle and rideability are scored. Bahai did exceptionally well, receiving an overall score of more then “8″ and receiving a “9″ on rideability! Again, Gerd complimented the breeders and riders of the mares for their overall quality, preparedness, and presentation at the Mare Performance Test. These scores make her an Elite Mare Candidate. All she would have to do to receive the title Elite Mare is have a foal… I’m thinking embryo transfer. I am very proud of the little Bahoodles! Below are some photos from the inspection, including the food at the Saturday night Inspection party! Here’s a link to EMC Bahai free jumping: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP8OAK8oOrI

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