Just about two years ago, Beth Sokohl (owner of Buckahro) had a serious fall on course at a local horse trials that has kept her from getting back in the saddle. Over the past few weeks, Beth has made the decision to give it another go. With close guidance from Kate Chadderton, Beth has joined Kate for weekly hacks, taking her very own Bucky out for jaunts around Sunset Hill at McCuan Farms.
The smiles and laughter coming from these two can be seen and heard all over the farm that bring even more beauty to this amazing place. It is great to see an owner that has supported a rider be able to enjoy her horse once again. Beth will be taking it easy and staying away from the show grounds, never the less kudos to her for getting back up on her horse. Cheers to you Beth.
Events Opening Today: Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. (GA, A-3)
Events Closing this Week: Rocking Horse Fall H.T. (FL, A-3), Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6), Pine Hill Fall H.T.(TX, A-5), The Virginia CCI1*, CIC2* and H.T. (VA, A-2), Full Gallop Farm Fall H.T. (SC, A-3)
Tuesday News and Notes:
Full Gallop Ahead: It is no secret that many events on the east coast have had to make alternate plans or cancel shows all together because of the horrid rain. Lara Anderson of Full Gallop Farm is encouraging riders to continue to enter without fear of losing their entry. Lara says “We have never had to cancel since we started running back in 2001. We may reorganize, move times around, etc, but we would do everything in our power to run.” So if the eventing gods can’t stop the rain, Full Gallop will find a way. [Lara’s Facebook Page]
Classic 3-Day Becomes Tradition: 12 years and running, Waredaca’s Classic Novice/Training 3-day is fast approaching. This year Irish Olympian Eric Smiley will be the lead clinician assisting competitors through the entire event. If you volunteer at this event you are welcome to join all seminars, course walks, and talks during the 4 days of competition. The classic 3-day will take place October 22-25 and volunteers are greatly needed. [Waredaca Novice/Training 3-Day]
Massive Renovation to NY Fairgrounds Equestrian Facility: The equestrian facilities at NY’s state fairgrounds are anticipating a $9,000,000 upgrade by 2017. Renovating the Toyota Coliseum, adding three new horse rings, and upgrading the existing stalls is the plan for these funds. The hope is that this update will make the facilities in Syracuse a destination for many equestrian disciplines in the near future. [New York State Fairgrounds to make $9 Million Renovation to Equestrian Facilities]
W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch For Sale: If you have a spare $725 million, then you could be the next owner of this iconic ranch. Spanning a measly 510,527 acres, the W.T. Waggoner Estate Rance has been owned by the same famly since 1849 and is said to be bigger than New York City and Las Angeles combined. The sheer size of this property is unfathomable that also includes rivers, lakes and a substantial oil operation. If you are interested in making an offer time is running out, so check your couch and cars for loose change, because you will need it. [Iconic Texas Ranch Carries $725 Millon Price Tag]
1st Time Horse Buyers Mistakes: Buying a horse for the first time is a daunting task that needs to be thought about long an hard. Knowing if you are ready to own a horse, where to look, where not to look, and what type of horse is appropriate for you are all things to know before you begin the search. Here are 6 mistakes that you should know about before you start the buying process. [6 Horse Shopping Mistakes]
Tuesday Video Break:
The water complex is normally the place to be to watch horses on cross country. Check out this montage of the intermediate and preliminary divisions at the water complex for Greenwood Farm’s Fall Horse Trials.