May 5-6, 2022 – Rob Waine is here from England for Cricket Hill riders and three visitors from ENYDCTA. Questions/challenges for riders’ show season are encouraged. A knowledgeable, straight forward and fun clinician, Rob trains regularly with Carl Hester. All rides in the outdoor arena, weather permitting.
Lulu, a.k.a. Lighthouse, a.k.a. Lost Letters, happily joined our band of trusty school horses! A beautiful 11-year-old, 16.1 hand Thoroughbred, Lulu was a generous donation to Cricket Hill Academy by Drs. Woody and Saida Baxt, Beckenrah Farm. Lulu is a very calm, honest mare.
Lulu is a valuable addition to our riding program for adults, especially those who enjoy jumping. Very show-worthy, Lulu has taken adult amateurs to the ribbons at Hunter Jumper A-shows! Kira will brush up her basic dressage so she can be shown in both Dressage and Jumping, as well as go to some hunter paces. Like many Thoroughbreds, Lulu started her career as a race horse (Lost Letters is her Jockey Club registered name), actually won one of a handful of starts, and spent a few years as a brood mare. We can only imagine how cute her babies were!
Please join me in welcoming Brian and Izumi Shepard to Cricket Hill! Both are devoted riders, interested in Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, and Hunter Pacing, and looking forward to improving themselves and their wonderful horses! Brian’s Bella is a 14-year-old Oldenberg mare that’s always ready to go. Neo, an 8-year-old warmblood-Morgan cross, is smart, a wonderful gentleman, and oh so well-loved by Izumi!
“We’ve been driving by and admiring Cricket Hill for years. We’re so happy to be here now!” says Brian. Brian told us he actually started his riding career years ago at Cricket Hill. Well, we are thrilled to have both pairs join the Cricket Hill family, in training with Kira, assisted by Becca.
“I was surprised and thrilled,” announced Deb Marsden after receiving the Gold Medal for Second Level AA at the prestigious NEDA Fall Festival. “It was only our third show this year!”
Deb brought Courante to Cricket Hill to work with Kira on May 1st after Courante had had a vacation over the winter! So it was really hard work for the both of them and they were improving every week the whole summer. Congratulations on your achievement! On to Third Level!
Deb Marsden has brought her very handsome 16.3 H Swedish Warmblood gelding to work with Kira at Cricket Hill! Welcome to both of you! Deb is aiming at Regionals at Second Level; the pair has shown at First Level there but never Second. Courante had some time off this winter and spring so the pair will be working hard to regain fitness and transition to a new way of going. Good luck and watch this space for progress reports!
Congratulations to Lulu and the whole Levy family and a warm welcome to Madison, as he arrived at Cricket Hill today to start the next chapter of his life as Super Pony! Madison, a Welsh 14 hand gelding, took his first owner from lead line to FEI, and is ready to help Lulu move up, too!
Madison was the High Scoring FEI Pony at last year’s Youth Dressage Festival and went on to win Top 10 in the USA in the FEI Pony Division in 2013. He’s also won the high score trophies jumping in the Prix caprilli last year.
Lulu was on Cricket Hill’s 2nd place winning team in last year’s Youth Dressage Festival, and is moving up to Training Level this year. Even though it’s only a few weeks away, we’re guessing Madison will be Lulu’s mount! Best wishes to all!