The Crew............

 

Welcome to a lucky adult amateur dressage rider's life.  On this page you'll find the cast of characters (click on the images to learn more about them) and news updates.  Enjoy!

April Fool and Elise, UVM 1992

Tempo and Elise, since 1996.....

Safri and Elise, 2004

Willi and Elise, new partners in 2010....

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Where you'll find us!

Breaking News.....

Show Prep Clinic. 

A very fun clinic with Rachel Webber.  As you can see, Obe is the life of the party as usual.  What is a clinic if you can't have somebody bring a bucket of wine?

 

 

Winter Pick-Me-Up 

Tee is recovering from a ligament tear in her hock and Brenda and I are in full worry mode... and then the postman brings us a present! 
Tee was USEF Region 1 Champion in First Level Dressage for the Silver Stirrup Awards, given by the PHR
for top scoring half-Thoroughbreds.  10th in the country!!  Joy says "what a good girl she is...................."

 

MILDLY crazy........... 


First real training ride back?  How about a ride with Kathy Connelly?  Sure, no problem.  Thanks to Kathy for being such a great sport; my endurance not what it should be, we did half riding, half starting Willi at half steps in the lines.   Video coming soon, he's a natural!

Oh, so good. 

Never thought I'd appreciate a simple fall walk so much.  No crutches, best friends for company, gorgeous Vermont.............. life is looking up, eight weeks down, four more to go until real riding?  Willi and I on Roscoe Road, October 4, 2012.

They said "you have to go to rehab....." 


Mid September, six weeks in, my rehab team......  unfortunately those "seat bones" are what I broke.  Tee and Brenda at their most patient - Tee learned to stand there so I could slide down her neck the last time I did something like this, so she's well trained.....  Okay, well it's time to go let Scott have at this rehab program even though I'd like to say "No, no, no!!!"

In which things don't go as planned.......... 


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...........  The Overture show season was a roller coaster this year - one of us (Willi) didn't get in the ring for horse related reasons in June, and for weather reasons in October; hard to make much out of a four-show season when half of them are nonstarters.   Bren & Tee started to really show some consistency at First Level and had some great adventures when a porta-potty door slammed and set her off in one test with a flock of L judges in a big tent; poor Tee had no idea which way to go but the recovery was amazing, and they clocked off 7s and 8s within a few movements.  Couldn't have done that a year ago - Brenda got an 8 for the rider collectives for tactful and "creative" riding.  By July we'd rallied - Willi and I had some preparation under our belt (there's video on his page) and we were ready to rock - and did at GMHA, landing a 68% and reserve high score Training Level for our last qualifying score and a 68% in our first effort at First 2 (although the rest of our First tests had their "moments"......).  It was just looking like we'd be able to squeak into year end award contention and ride at Finals......
               .................... when the wheels fell off.  A great schooling ride in a grass ring on a beautiful August day, dropped the reins to pat his neck, and have only vague memories after that until I came to about 150 yards away with all sorts of concerned faces peering at me.  ("Don't worry, I'm an EMT so I know how to do this (person removing my helmet)...... Don't worry, I'm a surgeon and the worst patient you'll ever meet!!!").  Apparently he got stung or spooked, leapt across the ring, and then Willi being Willi cleared the little dressage rail and the slope on the other side with his pogo-sticks.  My guess is I landed on his neck and scared the crap out of him, since he generally is the calmest horse around, for a warmblood anyway.  I'm not sure anyone has ever fallen off him before.  He ran all the way home despite being in 40 acres of grass to his ankles.  I was rescued by Heidi & Donny, trucked off the ED, and happy to be released with just nondisplaced pelvis fractures.  But, so much for the rest of the year.

You go, girls. 


Congratulations to Tee & Brenda for earning Tee's First Level Performance Certificate.  A steady and consistent summer has paid off - and Tee is enjoying trumping her brother, for once.
 

Summer preparation...... 


Elise & Willi and Brenda & Tee have been preparing hard for a trial year at First Level; clinics with Larry Poulin, Sharon McCusker and Eric Horgan (and yes, we did trail ride down to that one - good Tee) have been very helpful and of course we enjoyed our spring trip down to work with Kathy Connelly, as always. New video is up on Willi's page (click here).  We have also done some great clinics with Eileen Halloran and Rachel Markels Webber on positioning.  We all have our challenges, for sure.

Shea is going to enjoy "horse TV" - new video system in the trailer for "Mother's Day".  What generous kids I have......................

CVDA Fun! 



Anna, Ben & Brenda, Tempo: totally different breeds (all 4) but fast friends enjoying May 2012 at GMHA.

New Home!

Tee & Brenda, June 2012

Nonplussed by the fuss.

News Spring 2012

News Winter 2012

News Summer 2011

News Spring 2011

News Winter 2011

News Fall 2010

2012 Challenge

News Summer 2010

Shea Monsey hard at work!

Shea Monsey hard at work!


The 2013 Overture Farms Challenge is "Crazy Eights" - fill in a score sheet the highest score you got this year for each movement, and play crazy eights:  mean collectives score gives you your starting point, and go down your sheet as long as scores stay within 0.5 points (7 to 7.5 to 7 to 6.5 etc).  If you get a gap, you'll have to use one of your eights to get through; no eights?  Better be completely consistent!    Remaining scores totalled; lowest score wins.  Winners to be announced this fall.  Click here for past winners.......

Nonplussed by the fuss.

News Spring 2012

Tee & Brenda, June 2012

News Summer 2011

News Winter 2011

News Fall 2010

News Spring 2011

2012 Challenge

It takes a village....

 We are so lucky for great human friends - here are a few important folks.  Click on their pictures for a brief bio.  Other VIPs appear on the page belonging to the most relevant horse.

Brenda.. what would we do without you?

Shea....

Barclay...

John....

CeCe....

Scott....

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  • Roseanna

    Roseanna Maragretville

    Happy Anniversary! St. John is a very special guy! Wishing you both an eternity of joy & then some! :) I haven't been to this beautiful site until now. WOW! It has grown & is really wonderful. I love it, Elise! Thank you for the kind mentions. I SO wish London & I lived in VT & could be part of this happy horse family. Keep ALL this joy comin'! XXXOOO

    Happy Anniversary! St. John is a very special guy! Wishing you both an eternity of joy & then some! smile
    I haven't been to this beautiful site until now. WOW! It has grown & is really wonderful. I love it, Elise! Thank you for the kind mentions. I SO wish London & I lived in VT & could be part of this happy horse family.
    Keep ALL this joy comin'!
    XXXOOO

  • Meg

    Meg

    Goog luck to you and Brenda this weekend,hope to see you at the next Woodstock show,meg

    Goog luck to you and Brenda this weekend,hope to see you at the next Woodstock show,meg

  • Mom

    Mom Montpelier

    Hugs to my beautiful daughter - well I remember your leaning out of my arms, over the pasture fence of the Sherburne Farm in North Pomfret, age 2, to stroke Old Nag. You were entranced! Your first riding lesson came when you were 5; your first summer pony, Ladybug, when you were 6. You declared you would one day be a vet, which you are, adding humans to the healing mix. Your love for Old Nag and her successors has grown, as has your accomplishment and understanding in the equine world. Your grandfather salutes you from his U.S. Cavalry mount - he is so very proud of you. So are we, Your Mom and Billy.

    Hugs to my beautiful daughter - well I remember your leaning out of my arms, over the pasture fence of the Sherburne Farm in North Pomfret, age 2, to stroke Old Nag. You were entranced! Your first riding lesson came when you were 5; your first summer pony, Ladybug, when you were 6. You declared you would one day be a vet, which you are, adding humans to the healing mix. Your love for Old Nag and her successors has grown, as has your accomplishment and understanding in the equine world. Your grandfather salutes you from his U.S. Cavalry mount - he is so very proud of you. So are we, Your Mom and Billy.

  • Mary V

    Mary V NH

    You have come a long way since med school girlie! Your website makes my eyes leak, not just because a photo I took graces the first spot, but because you and the embryo I remember as Tee have found a wonderful place in this world with the ever-by-your-side John [not Johann]. Cheers!

    You have come a long way since med school girlie! Your website makes my eyes leak, not just because a photo I took graces the first spot, but because you and the embryo I remember as Tee have found a wonderful place in this world with the ever-by-your-side John [not Johann]. Cheers!

  • meg

    meg peru

    Hoing to see you friday at gmha

    Hoing to see you friday at gmha

  • London

    London Margaretville, NY

    Saf, This really rocks. Your own COOL website! The photo of us together brings back such wonderful memories of you & me. Like Bogie said in "Casablanca," we'll always have Ocala. Miss you, bro. London

    Saf,
    This really rocks. Your own COOL website! The photo of us together brings back such wonderful memories of you & me. Like Bogie said in "Casablanca," we'll always have Ocala. Miss you, bro.
    London