Nora goes to Wellington again – lucky girl!

Published on February 9, 2013 by in Other

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Nora is fortunate to have the opportunity to ride and train in Wellington for the second year in a row. She has three horses at Besty Juliano’s gorgeous Havensafe Farm in Little Ranches. The season started off fabulously with an invitation to ride in the FEI Trainer’s Conference, with Steffen Peters and Scott Hassler, aboard the mare, Bahai (Baroncelli/Rotspon). Bahai and Nora also enjoyed working with Steffen privately at Havensafe. Bahai is coming along nicely in the Grand Prix work, but may do a few small tour CDI events in Welington this season, for some experience in the big show atmosphere.

2012 Olympic teammates, Steffen and Adrienne Lyle, both had their horses at Havensafe while preparing for the World Dressage Masters in January. It was a real treat to get to watch Adrienne and Debbie McDonald preparing Wizard for the competition. Watching Steffen school Legolas, especially when they worked on their freestyle, was simply awesome!

Nora also has her gelding Farleight (Friendship/Lemon Tree) in Wellington. After a very successful 2012 in the international small tour, which included an invitation to the National Intermediare I Championships and a Region 3 Intermediare I Freestyle Championship title, Farleight is preparing to make the big step to Grand Prix. He is currently putting all the pieces together, but will hopefully start with a trial run at Intermediare II in March.

The third horse Nora took south with her is Anne Clement’s Bandito RH (Bretone/Fabriano). He is a 4 1/2 year old gelding by our lovable stallion Tony/Bretone (Brentano II/Salut). Anne purchased Bandito from River House at just a few months old, and now he has just made his showing debut in Wellington. Nora rode him at his first show last weekend at White Fences and he was a very brave boy! He took second place in first level 3 with a 68+% and second place in second level 1 with a 66+%. We can’t say it enough … we LOVE those Tony babies!

Of course Nora’s faithful companion and fearless leader, Suma Bear is also in Wellington. She has been enjoying strolling under the palm trees, rolling in the perfect arena footing, barking at the grooms, and eating way too many treats. It’s a hard life, but somebody has to be there to keep Nora in line!

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