The summer sizzle has run way past when it was expected and we haven't slowed down for even a second yet. The farm is a dust cloud of activity every day and I think everyone, including the horses, are praying for rain. 

The recent chill in the air signals the start of foxhunting season and I know we had a crowd ready! The MHI Opening Meet was especially grand this year with parties, music, guests and loads of fabulous food! It is MHI's 60th year anniversary and Masters Jeanine Devaney, Jay Thomas and Maria Stine really went all out to make it super special! The day was sunny and perfect for the huge crowd that gathered at Joe and Missy Hinson's Larkspur Ranch to enjoy a day of riding to the hounds followed by a magnificent feast and much banter about the foxes and coyote viewed during the ride. 

The term foxhunting is a bit of a misnomer today, since the goal is to find and chase the fox, leaving him safe to chase another day. If you are interested in joining us to try out this sport steeped in tradition, contact me or MHI directly. We would love to introduce you to our passion! 

We have seen a couple big projects really blossom this fall and I'd love to share those with you. 

The first was the conclusion of the 2016 Retired Racehorse Project's $100,000 TB Makeover. The Makeover is an event designed to attract the finest trainers from all over the world, to compete in their choice of 1 or 2 of the 10 disciplines offered. The top three horses from each discipline returned to compete in a final round to choose the champion of the discipline, and ultimately "America's Most Wanted TB", winning cash and prizes along the way. The disciplines offered were Show Hunters, Field Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, Eventing, Polo, Competitive Trail, Working Ranch and Freestyle, there was truly something for everyone. 

In addition to the competition, there were loads of clinics and learning opportunities as well as TONS of cool vendors and activities. The venue was the beautiful Kentucky Horsepark in Lexington, Ky. There was so much to do that we never got a chance to get out to see any of the Horse Park's attractions. 

I started my journey in January and after submitting my application, I was selected as one of the 20 Highlighted Trainer amongst the 465 trainers accepted for 550 total horse spots. Sadly my horse didn't make it to the event bc of some injuries undisclosed to me at the time of purchase from the track. Of the 550 spots available, 300 horses arrived to compete, with some being sold prior to coming, some riders not making it, and others, like my Paragon, just not holding up for the 10 month training schedule. 

Tommy and I decided to go watch so we would know whether to apply this coming year to do it again. We were amazed at the well orchestrated, well run event, full of great horseman, who left their egos at home, and came out to enjoy and celebrate the TB. Each discipline had a 'big star' make a presentation to introduce you to what they do and how they retrain their horses. We were riveted to our seats for each demo and especially enjoyed Lance Graves' Barrel Racing  Demo, and Buck Shot's Polo Demo, both things we didn't expect to want to watch. The event featured all sorts of TBs in all shapes and sizes, with lovely riders, young and old, professionals, amateurs and juniors, all peacefully working together to develop each and every horse to its potential. 

We have 2 new horses, maybe soon to be 3, that are eligible and pointed to go to Kentucky next October if everything works out well. Maybe you'd like to learn more and go too?! Contact me! 

The second big project I've been working on is our Fox Point Farm Showing Naturally Demo Team. We have a group of about 15 girls ranging from 10-22, some riding their own horses, others riding my lesson horses, that make up our fabulous group. 

We do a combination of choreography, music and fun, both on and off the horse, culminating in a song at Liberty and finally Bareback and Bridleless! It's a great show and we love to get out and inspire others to develop a deeper relationship with their horse, use natural techniques and concepts instead of fear and intimidation, to create stunning displays of horsemanship that audiences of all ages can enjoy. 

If you run an event that has space for music and fun, we would love to come and perform! Our Demo Team is open to our most advanced students of all ages. Come out and support us at a demo near you! 

We are blessed to have a fulfilling life full of amazing horses and even more amazing people! We have a few spots for lessons available during the week, why don't you come out and find out how spectacular you can be!