|What a Year!
Timbermist Tribune June 2009
It's been an incredible year of growth & success. Our academy program has continued to thrive, producing more strong riders each season. Everywhere we go, the show management, judges, & crowd continually give us comments on the polish, strength & expertise of our riders. Many first wins were had this year, many hurdles were conquered, & we're extremely proud of the efforts & accomplishments of all the riding students this year - you are the best group a barn could have!
Very notably, the academy show statistics worked out to be quite impressive. We won BOTH Ch. & Res. Titles in BOTH Overall Championship classes at one show. Early in the year, we swept the division with all blues at a large show, then won 2 Overalls; and then, we raked in 4 Overall Regional Championship titles & 2 Res.'s at the Academy Regional Championships this fall. Collectively, our riders won an incredible 50 blue ribbons, 29-2nds, & 16-3rds. It's a huge accomplishment for each & every one of our riders, & we couldn't be more pleased!!
Once they succeeded in Academy, some of our riders decided to take the next step. It's always a big one, & takes a lot of determination & resolve to learn to ride a show horse, as well as a big commitment. We want to recognize each & every one of those people who stepped up & said "Bring it on"!
The most recent acquisition was made by Kate Welborn, who was ready to "take the plunge" when she purchased WC Highpoint’s Highlander. She's excited to show him next year, & already has him looking good!
The Lunn family is enjoying their new horse, WC I’ll Tell You What. Libby was able to achieve the dream of competing at the American Royal after only two weeks of owning "Walter". She rode him to a good ribbon in a highly competitive class, & we're all looking forward to much fun & success with him next season!
Haley Burdick continues to "wow" the crowds & judges alike, & has turned into quite a rider this year on her horse, Admiral's Sundancer. She won a great class in the fall, beating some tough competition. Even the judge was smiling, & commenting that she looked "just beautiful" as she rode like she owned the ring! Only great things can continue for Haley as she progresses with her riding skill.
The Diamond of LaRitz is Cindy Miller's wonderful mare, & they won their first class in June with a near perfect ride. This team continues to improve, & should be highly competitive in juvenile pleasure classes next season.
And last but not least, Jessica Randall had an incredible year, riding Foote Prints to a Top Ten at the National Pleasure Equitation Finals in St. Louis. As if that weren't enough, she finished her year by winning TWO National Championships in the AHHS Medallions at the American Royal. She drove Heartland's Sweet Lady, & rode Forecaster's Penny to victory in some very good classes! It's quite a rare event indeed when a rider or driver wins TWO classes. It's tough enough to win just one on a World Class Level!
Chuck & Jackie acquired the WC fine harness gelding Go Big Blue, this fall. He is absolutely "something else" & I'm sure he will win each time he steps in the gate. This colt has incredible talent & a great attitude.
So, in a nutshell - Timbermist Farm has managed to acquire 3 World Champion horses & produce two National Championships - all in just one year!
We want to thank each & every one of you for your support & love of this sport, & we are so happy to be involved in it with all of you. We can't wait for 2006!
From the AHSA website:
"...Festive, educational and chock-full of activities, the Youth Conference is a coming together of young people from all over the country who are involved with American Saddlebreds.
Juvenile Choice, Academy and Youth Club Awards, as well as the Frank Ogletree Youth Award and the Youth of the Year Award are presented at various receptions throughout the conference.
Discussions, field trips, social activities and educational seminars also help round out the weekend's agenda, with great opportunities for young Saddlebred enthousiasts of all kinds to interact."
The Conference is an exciting opportunity for our Timbermist youth to attend! This year's dates are February 17 & 18th held in Lexington, Kentucky at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Timbermist is leaving Thursday, February 16th and returning Sunday morning. Costs include: $95.00 registration, hotel expenses to be shared among group, and $200.00 for travel expenses. Meals are included at the hotel and convention, but youth need to bring funds for one or two meals during travel and any other spending they would like.
Contact Chuck, Jackie or Tina for more information and to co-ordinate your child's participation in this great event!
Timbermist American Trotters
Please consider attending the Trotters next meeting on Saturday, January 28th at 1:30 for an overview of possible activities for our youth group. Several ideas include: educational trips to barns and museums in Missouri and meighboring states, hosting a clinic, food vending at the show in May, earning awards for equine participation, earning badges for equine knowledge, entering the ASHAIYC photo contest and community service. Bring your ideas to discuss, too! It is encouraged that youth become members of the ASHA to fully participate in the activities avalable. All youth under 21 are welcome to be involved and share in the fun!
Trotters meetings will be scheduled for the 4th Saturday of every month for about an hour. If you are unable to attend, Jennifer can provide copies of the activities to you, and assist members in projects as needed. Meetings may occasionally become rescheduled due to horse shows as the show season begins, ample notice will be given.