You just never know which spark is going to start a fire. In January of this year, reader Tiffany Morey won a Boyd Martin Eventing 4-Pack of boots for our Majyk Equipe New Year’s resolution contest. Her resolution:
“My goal for 2018 is simple: for my mare and I to compete in our first event. We’ve been a team for over three years now, and have stuck it out through the various roadblocks that life has thrown at us during that time (torn rider ACL, moving to a different state for grad school). 2018 is going to be the year that we finally get to event!”
Winning the boots was just the kick in the pants from the universe that Tiffany needed to get going with that goal. She reported back to us in November:
“We worked hard all year to polish our skills to actually make this happen, as neither she nor I had ever evented before. This past weekend, our resolution finally came to fruition and we completed our first starter horse trial adding only time to our dressage score! We were happy and proud to sport our Majyk boots as we rocked around stadium and cross country, and her legs stayed safe despite the less than ideal footing conditions!”
So awesome. But that’s not even the end of the story! Tiffany checked in once more this week with an update, having completed her first derby cross at Loch Moy.
“Not only did winning the New Year’s Resolution Content and the Majyk boots inspire me to complete my first event, it has also motivated me to try derby cross. Not only did we accomplish our goals, we somehow managed to finish 3rd! This was a great surprise considering it was our second event ever, third time schooling over any type of cross country obstacles, and first time moving up to Elementary. It was also a nice way to end the season. I’m pretty sure those Majyk boots really ARE magical!
“Thanks again for the continued support of eventers everywhere and at every level. If it weren’t for us winning those boots, I doubt I would have gotten the guts to make it out this season. GO EVENTING!”
Our pleasure. Riders like you, Tiffany, are what makes our world go round. GO EVENTING, indeed.
EN #ProTip: Enter to win a fully paid entry for the Area II YRAP Fundraiser Fix-A-Test at Morven Park, courtesy of Attwood Equestrian Surfaces! This educational event takes place Dec. 30 with licensed dressage judge Gretchen Butts from Waredaca and will be held in Morven Park’s newly renovated indoor arenas featuring top-class footing. See details below!
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Your Wednesday News & Notes:
Jess Halliday has been a fixture in Area I for the past decade, whether working at Dover or running her own training farm. However, 2018 has not been her year, with one bad thing after another happening. Despite that, Jess never gave up her smile, even through what she thought was a bad stomach bug. When the bug turned out to be Stage IV colon cancer, the area has found a way to support her through their ‘Buck Off Cancer’ fundraiser. The latest effort is a raffle featuring a number of great prizes: lessons with top riders, free show entries, and more. Winners will be picked at the end of the POP Show on December 16, with online entries to close Dec. 15. [Buck Off FL Raffle]
The 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks off tomorrow at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. EN’s Jenni Autry and Leslie Threlkeld will be bringing us live updates throughout the week. Get a sneak peak at what’s in store via this digital program, which is jam-packed with useful information. [USEA: Check Out the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention Digital Program]
The USEA has recognized Brenda Jarrell as its Volunteer of the Month Presented by Athletux. By all accounts, she is a real-life wonder woman: “Brenda is the current Young Rider Coordinator for Area 1 and everything she has been able to accomplish in just one year at the helm is pretty incredible. Her dedication to the program is unmatched and she does it all on top of her day job as a partner in a law firm in Boston and riding alongside her children.” [Brenda Jarrell: USEA’s Volunteer of the Month Presented by Athletux]
We have been eagerly awaiting the completion of The Pavilion at Stable View, and now a grand opening has been announced. Barry and Cyndy Olliff with Designer Builders invite eventers to join them at the Aiken, South Carolina venue on Jan. 12 for a lunch catered by Berry’s Catering & Floral, with live entertainment during the Aiken Opener Horse Trials. The pavilion opens at 11 a.m. with food from noon to 1 p.m. RSVP required by Jan. 4 — contact (484)356-3173 or [email protected] [Stable View Farm]
The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, MD) will be hosting a Winter Cross Derby Series in 2019. Dates are Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and March 9-10. The cross derby incorporates cross country and stadium jumps across eight acres of all-weather footing. Obstacles will include ditches, banks, water, and various portable fences. The goal is to provide an opportunity for riders to keep horses fit and competing over the winter on safe footing, in a low-pressure environment. The levels range from Poles/Crossrails through Modified. A brief schooling period is offered prior to every division. Ribbons are given through 8th place. Each cross derby is a registered USEA Educational Activity. Competitors may enter electronically via evententries.com or eventclinics.com. The venue is also offering cross country schooling on its all-weather footing through March 8, by appointment only. More information at www.themarylandhorsetrials.com.
The horse world was stunned and saddened by the passing of British show jumper Tim Stockdale on Nov. 14. The family will set up a foundation in memory of the late equestrian. In a statement they thanked all those who have been in touch and said they are welcoming ideas for fundraisers in Tim’s memory. [H&H: Tim Stockdale foundation to be set up in his memory]
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