Hurricane Sandy may have postponed it, but the schooling show at Brave Venture Farm rescheduled for November 4th was a huge success for the show team of Best Intentions Farm and their families as they enjoyed the beautiful post-storm weather and festive decorations together.
For many on the team it was their first show, and the relaxed yet organized atmosphere was exactly what they needed to build their confidence. Coached by Linda Oland and assisted by Senior Team member Ellie Profaci, the team learned how to prepare for the show, be safe and courteous while showing, and of course how to graciously accept their ribbons.
For other members it was an opportunity to practice a specific skill or work with a new horse. Caroline Shriver and Zoe Baumgartner both worked with the farm’s new horse, Sonata del Sudo, or Sonia. Sonia was originally imported from Argentina as a Polo Pony, and at some point in her career she lost vision in one of her eyes, which later had to be surgically removed.
Allison Rhoads, has worked very hard with another new farm pony, Straight No Chaser, or Chase, reschooling him from a much loved game pony to a steady, consistent English pony. Shared with Junior Member Danielle Leppert, Chase had a wonderful day, and is quickly becoming another of the farm favorites.
Veteran pony Mike-A-Lyte is no stranger to Best Intentions Farm, having shown there with his Owner, Sheila Oland, since 2000. This show he took care of Junior Member Addison Smothers as she, along with Danielle and Megan
George, showed for the first time.
Another veteran to Brave Venture Farm, Walston Halmark, or Wally, partnered with Megan as she very successfully
entered the Adult Beginner Rider division, taking home ribbons in every class, and helped Junior Member Miranda Moshang gain more show experience in the Leadline Division.
Senior Member Ellie Profaci enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere as she and her horse, Dream Maker, or Cody, took on the beautiful jumps in the “Big Field” in the Hunter and Equitation classes. Cody also assisted Junior Member Lilly Baumgardner in the Leadline Division.
Coach Oland was thrilled with the team, horses, and families and declared the day a huge success. “Everyone rode really well and the hard work they had put into preparing for the show was really apparent and paid off. I was very proud of every single Team Member and can’t wait for the next show!”