Sunday, May 30, 2010

Zeppo goes swimming

Doug Payne
PO Box 179
Pottersville, NJ 07979

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Doug Payne
PO Box 179
Pottersville, NJ 07979

Friday, May 28, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 3...

Va finished up well. Frolic jumped quite well finishing up his first prelim. We did have one rail in the show jumping. In hind sight I shaved a bit off the turn approaching the jump with the rail. He didn't quite lock on to the fence until it was too late, we had a good distance just didn't quite get his feet up in time. Had I stayed out in the turn I might have had a better outcome. Live and learn, got to make the most of the mistakes so I don't make them again! Regardless, he finished up in 5th which was pretty damn good in such a large division.

PJ finished up with XC in his first novice. Because of the rain the day before and the lack of stud holes the XC round was a bit of a combination of XC and surfing. The good thing is it's hard for the horses to stop when they have little grip :)...but he jumped well and finished up clear and we won the tie being closer to the ideal time.

Other notes from mom finished up 4th after an unfortunate rail in SJ that could have given her the win in training. Sinead did win her training division all was good in the end.

This week coming up...I'm heading over to Anne Kursinski's to ride on Tuesday, and we have a schooling dressage show on wed. Running Order and Tali are going to have a little down time for the next week or so. The babies are headed to Plantation in 2 weeks and Seneca in 3.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Day 2...

Well all was nearly the 2nd to last in the CCI. Tali had a great course going, but hung a leg and I couldn't quite save it. Another day...

Running Order was very good...I let him cruise around so we had a few time penalties. It was a very good course for him to see, esp the island bounce back into water. He handled it all very well.

Frolic is doing his first prelim. He got a 33 dressage. I personally hate the prelim B test they have counter canter across the short side, which in a small ring gets pretty damn tight quickly. Compounding this is that Frolic's changes are not so much. So long story short I was very happy didn't have any inadvertent changes. We then went off to XC...he's generally a little spooky, today was no different. The good part is I felt as if he were just being careful always going. He jumped around clean with a few time and is sitting in 6th.

PJ is doing his first novice. Dressage was up on the hill and he was a bit nervous. Still came away with a 32. I really wasn't sure how he'd handle the coliseum, he really didn't seem to mind. Jumped clean in a difficult sj and is in 4th.

Frolic SJ

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Thursday, May 20, 2010


We've arrived in Va at the horse center. Beautiful as ever...Tali's jog is tomorrow @ 8. Running Order does dress and sj tomorrow. Will update tomorrow afternoon.
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Monday, May 10, 2010

JF CCI** Videos

Click here for complete videos from dressage, XC and SJ of Leroy from last weekend.

Jersey Fresh part 3

I forgot to mention that Jennie and I rode in a polocross demo...thanks to buck county polocross...but Kat from the Chronicle got a ton of great pics! Click here to view!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Helmet Cam Video is up...

Click here for Leroys XC from the helmet cam perspective...

SJ day...

Again Leroy lived up to his 'champion' barn name. He jumped very well and finished on his dressage score of 50 to finish 2nd in the CCI**!
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

XC Video

I just checked the video and it all came out great!...I should have it posted on the site early in the week, but I've got both helmet and ground footage.

XC day

The Champ lived up to his name. He was great jumped around clean without time. We moved up to 2nd. We'll see about tomorrow...keep your fingers crossed for tomorrow!
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Jersey CCI** Dressage Day

Leroy was very good today, scoring a 50 putting him in a tie for 3rd place. The course looks great, certainly looking forward to tomorrow! 10:48 is his time out of the start box.
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Champ surveying the ring

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day #1 at Jersey CCI**

We had an early start this morning. We left at 6:15 to get here, get the in barn inspections done and get to the 9am briefing on time. I was asked to be the rider rep for the **. The rider representative is selected by the judges to act as a intermediary between compeitors and officials for concerns regarding timing, footing or courses or whatever else might be pressing over the weekend.

Following the meeting we had the first formal inspection. Leroy was sound and ready to fight! We also got times. I'll be doing dressage at 2:20 tomorrow. I also was able to get a 1st walk in of the XC course. It looks great! They've made a lot of changes, and it appears as if it'll flow much better than in years past.

Tomorrow will start off in search of food!...then walking XC for a second time. I will then review the test etc..and get ready to get the ball rolling. Following dressage I'll do a final walk of the XC and hope for the best!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

USEA Ranking

Crazy...just checked the overall leaderboard and am now 5th!! Doesn't hurt to have such great horses.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


What a great weekend. First off courses at MCTA are fabulous. Everyone should stick it on their list for next year if the didn't attend this year. This was Running Order's first Advanced. It's a very funny feeling, I did my first advanced when I was 18 and it's been nearly 10 years since my last before this weekend. In some ways it was new all over again, but in others to say I'm better prepared this time around is an understatement of massive proportions.

In any case, it was Elvis' first and if you had told me 2 years ago when he came to me that we'd be at this point I'd ask what you were smoking. I was also coming into this weekend wondering, he's a freak of nature as far as his physical talents, but his consistent attention has been evasive. I think he'd be a great candidate for equine ridalin. Did I mention that I love this horse?...I do.

So my reservations came after FHI of 2 weeks ago. He jumped around clean without a problem, but he was not exactly attentive. At home this is solved by putting the jumps up 4 holes or so. That tends to sober him up. I was hoping the same was true of XC. Again, one of those move up, and you just have to see how it goes. Long story short, dressage was good. Still room for improvement, I'd guess years down the road we could knock another 5-10 pts off the 30 we got this weekend. To my surprise we were winning after dressage. SJ was next, he jumped clean and very well. Off to XC...I have to say it was just about the best round I've had in my life. They were big enough that they got his attention and I could ride up to them without interfering. I really couldn't have asked for more. Sure there is still room to improve, without a doubt, but he was great! So we finished adding 9.2 time and winning by 21+ pts!! I certainly wouldn't expect similar results in the events to come, but hey...take it when you can get it!

As for the others, Tali was a bit distracted in dressage. Came away with a 33, had 1 rail, but jumped around XC much better than 2 weeks ago. It's very cool to see him growing up before our eyes. He's going to be a class horse in a few years time. Frolic was good this weekend. He's defiantly ready for his prelim debut. He got a 30 in dressage, 1 rail and jumped clear on XC. He should be in 5th...still working on a clerical error in scoring. Leroy was also very good this weekend. Only did a combined test with the Jersey Fresh CCI** next week. He got a 26 in dressage and jumped clear in SJ.

Check back for Jersey updates next week...Jogs are on Thursday dress on Friday.