Eventer Stephen Bradley has a long list of accomplishments: 1992 Olympic team member and '93 Burghley CCI**** winner with Sassy Reason; '93 US Olympic Committee Equestrian Athlete of the Year; '96 Rolex Kentucky winner with Doctor DoLittle; '03 gold-medal winning US Pan American Championships team member and '05 Foxhall Cup CCI*** winner with Brandenburg's Joshua; '07 gold medal winning US Pan American Championships team member with From. Stephen enjoys teaching all levels of riders from beginners to the advanced competitor. His enthusiasm, talent for communication, and ability to inspire confidence in the horse and rider especially make him a hit with the pony clubbers! When training with Stephen, you can be confident that you will receive expert instruction for your level of riding. Horses who board and train with us receive excellent care and a great education. Our equine students range from yearlings to advanced-level event horses. We pride ourselves in making sure that the horses and riders have a positive experience while gaining a solid foundation.
Stephen Bradley’s new website has officially been launched! Be sure to check it out today here. If you’re in the market to buy a new horse to start off the 2015 season with, there are plenty of quality horses in the barn for sale.
Additionally, make sure to check out his clinic calendar to see if he’s coming to a barn near you. Now is the perfect time to polish up your skills before the spring season.
Stephen with his rescue dog, Juliet.
Stephen, along with his sister, Stephanie, have created an online silent auction to benefit two animal rescues, FurEverHome Rescue and Cat’s Cradle. Stephen and Stephanie have a special place in their heart for rescues, and they hope you do too.
There are many holiday gift ideas to bid on, including lessons with Stephen, Mara Depuy and Jenn Simmons, to name a few. Click this link to get that last minute gift for the horse lover in your life while donating to a great cause.
Stephen Bradley and Marble Arch at Richland Park. Photo by Kasey Mueller.
It has been quite the year for Stephen Bradley and his team! Charlotte Harris’ Lunetta and Catapult both made the successful move-up to Preliminary and the Hoffman’s Gambler’s Choice, an off-the-track Thoroughbred proved that he definitely has the talent to campaign at the upper-levels.
Gambler’s Choice had an impressive fifth place finish in the Preliminary Horse division at the Morven Park Horse Trials and went on to finish out his season with a third place at the Virginia Horse Trials in the Preliminary Horse division.
Charlotte Harris’ beautiful mare, Lunetta, finished her first Preliminary at the Maryland Horse Trials in a competitive Open Preliminary division in fourth place. Stephen went on to ride her at the Virginia Horse Trials, but had to take her HC because of a mix-up but nevertheless had an educational weekend.
Catapult, also owned by Charlotte Harris, had two successful runs at Preliminary to finish up his fall season. His dressage continues to improve each time he goes out and he continues to get bolder out on the cross-country. We are so excited for their future in the sport! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates with our horses and the team!
With winter upon us, now is the perfect time to sharpen your stadium and dressage skills so that you and your horse can go into the spring season with confidence. Make sure to check Stephen’s clinic calendar for dates!
Check out this awesome video of Stephen’s working students working on an exercise that helps to broaden their attention. This would be a fun one to try at home!
What a winter! We all go south to escape the weather, but this year the weather came with us. For those of us who make camp north of the Florida line, we had days and days of no power as a result of the tremendous ice storm that hit the Aiken area. With similar weather back at home, many of us wondered why we’d bothered, but in the end the weather cleared and we were able to get in some riding time. We also had the benefit of our horses being in the very capable hands of the Full Gallop Farm team so we didn’t have it too bad.
Charlotte Harris’ lovely Lunetta. Photo by Stephanie Bradley-Green.
Now that we’re back home in Virginia (we may have stayed in Aiken longer than we originally planned) it’s time to get the horses out competing.
Charlotte Haris’ Bedazzled (“Boomer”) and Stephen competed in the Open Preliminary at Cahattahoochee Hills (4/5-6, Fairburn, GA) where they finished in 3rd after a wonderful dressage test (27.4!) and a single rail in stadium. Stephen plans to do a few more Preliminaries before making the step up to Intermediate. Charlotte’s other two horses, Lunetta (“Luna”) and Catapult (“Crunchie”) both put in a lot of schooling while in Aiken, both on the flat and around cross-country. Luna started her season at Loudoun Horse Trials and Crunchie will make his debut soon.
Stephen with Helen Brettell’s Marble Arch. Photo by Stephanie Bradley-Green.
Helen Brettel’s Marble Arch (“Archie”) competed in the Open Preliminary at the Carolina International CIC and Horse Trials (3/20-23, Raeford, NC). Stephen moved him up to Intermediate for Chattahoochee Hills, and they won their Open Intermediate division! On April 12th, Stephen and Archie traveled to Frederick Area Dressage Show (FADS) held at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, MD) were they were 1st in First Level Test 2 & 3 Combined, 1st in Preliminary Level Test B, and 1st in CIC/CCI2*. The dressage show was the perfect prep for the Fair Hill International CIC2* (4/18-20, Elkton, MD) where the pair finished up their weekend in 19th at Archie’s first CIC2*! Stephen and Archie are also looking towards the Bromont CCI** (6/5-8, Lac Brome, Quebec, Canada).
The Hoffman’s Gambler’s Choice (“Woody”) was busy cross-country schooling while we were in Aiken. Stephen and Woody will be starting their season at Training level, and then you can expect to see Woody make the move up to Preliminary.
Stephen’s sale horse Tudor will be competing some this spring until he is sold, but Stephen would really like to see an ambitious young rider or adult amateur make him their own for the season! You can see Tudor, and our other sale horses, in our “Sale Horses” album on the Stephen S. Bradley Eventing Facebook page.