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TESTIMONIALS ABOUT BLYTHEWOOD HORSES

This page was updated October 30, 2013


Debra Davis, owner of SC Island Filigree (Aggie)

Hi Kathy

Sorry I don't have any new pictures of Aggie but I will make a concerted effort to get some to you soon. Aggie and I are learning dressage and we are both on a Friday lesson schedule in addition to her twice a week training with Lisa Post.  She is amazing; you know how smart she is...she's a thinker and she remembers everything.

 She is getting used to being bathed (as I love to do it) and the Omega Horseshine supplement makes her coat glisten with gold and burgundy highlights!

 It was too hot to saddle up today so I rode her bareback in the indoor arena. She is not sure she likes the bareback situation but she behaved herself.  

 There is a 12 year old girl at the barn who just adores Aggie so in August, Haley will start riding her a couple times a week. This girl is a talented rider who is already earning dressage points at the local shows. I believe it's good for Aggie to have more talented people than me to ride her; it builds her confidence and lets her know that change is a good thing instead of something to make her worry.

 Her  pasture situation is perfect for her temperament. She is the lead mare in a field of two gelded yearlings and one two year old gelding. She is teaching them to respect their elders and they, in turn, are keeping her playful. She is surrounded by many horses in adjoining fields and she feels safe again. 

 I have a modest goal for the fall, which is to trail ride to the NJ Horse Park since it is only five miles from the new barn and we can get there through the various trails that cut across neighboring farms.

 That's it for now... I promise to have pictures soon---Love from Aggie to you all at Blythewood!


 
Heyday Polly Allen (Blythewood Vermont Legend x Heyday Time Traveler). Owned and loved by Stacey Baduini. "Ali" does it all and does it with love.

 
Bonnie Hudson, owner of Blythewood Casino Royale (Casey) - May 2010

I wasn't sure if you were still interested in hearing about Casey's progress but when checking out your website I saw that you had added our results from Black Prong so thought you might like an update.  Csey is doing very well and we have had a good year.  Out of the last 6 shows we have won Best Preliminary Dressage 4 times.  Our 2 best placings were actually at the 2 shows where we didn't win Best dressage - 2nd at Lexington last Oct. and 3rd at Katydid in Nov.  But mostly he is our much loved and slightly spoiled buddy - such a character!  This picture was taken the 1st of May at a show in south Florida where we gave the Intermediate test a try and did well.

UPDATE March 2012: Bonnie and Casey  finished in 4th place in Prelim Single Horse at the 2012 Live Oak CDE...AND 4th place in the Florida Triple Crown.


 
Claire Shaw, owner of Blythewood Pop Quiz (Kizzy) - July 8, 2009
Hi Kathy,

She's Great!! It was too late to call you last night when I got home & I
was too tired to email...I got back from Toronto at 3 pm and Kizzy arrived
at 9 pm...I left for the farm this morning as soon as I got up and just
got home now.

First of all -- WE LOVE HER!! She is even more beautiful than I expected -
the pictures just don't do her justice ;-)  She's gorgeous! Such a lovely
classic head - what a lovely horse.

Terry had some trouble manoeuvering his huge rig around the barnyard in
the dark, so she was on the trailer for an extra 20 minutes. Finally I was
able to unload her and I was expecting her to be a bit anxious after all
that. Ha! She stepped off the ramp and immediately -- and I mean as soon
as her feet were off the ramp -- put her head down and started nibbling
grass! Typical Morgan - cracked us all up.

Everyone was amazed at how calm she was. It really was quite something,
considering it was completely dark by the time she got off the trailer and
all the extra moving around Terry had to do with the rig.

After a quiet walk-about in the barnyard to stretch her legs(during which
all the other horses were calling & running around the field across the
road & behind the barn) we put her in her stall so we could get a good
look at her under the lights.  She had a big drink & started eating her
hay...like she'd been there for years & had just come back home. Then she
got skritches from everyone, and nuzzled our hair...she is so sweet.

This morning I put her in the small paddock to graze, and put Mora and
Elijah (the gelding I sold) in the adjoining paddock. The mares touched
noses, Mora squealed twice and walked away. Eli hung around but Kizzy
wasn't interested in him...she was MUCH more interested in the grass. I
put her back in the barn after a couple of hours, then put her back out
later this afternoon. After going over to see her for a minute Mora and
Eli walked away, and Kizzy went on eating.  It was such a non-event that I
thought I'd try them all together in the large paddock...another
non-event.

After about an hour Kizzy decided to have a little run around, which
Eli apparently interpreted as an invitation to chase her. Mora stood and
watched the show until Mr. Studly decided to play stallion and round up
the mares.  The big jerk nipped Kizzy on the flank but she didn't
retaliate. I, however, did...putting an end to those antics. Tomorrow I'm
going to put the mares together and put him in the third adjoining
paddock. I know the mares are going to get along just fine, and Eli is
going to go in with the other horses if he tries that stunt again.

She and I spent some good bonding time together today. I haven't felt that
kind of connection with any horse since I first saw Mora. I honestly think
she is 'another Mora' in that she's a once-in-a-lifetime horse...I got
lucky! (but then it's taken twenty years!) You wouldn't believe how much
she and Mora look alike. I'll send you some pictures later this week.

I have a few questions: Tomorrow I will probably ride her lightly in the
ring - do you recommend I lunge her first?  And I was wondering how much
grazing time she has had (how many hours/day). I'm taking it slow with the
grass but wanted to check on that. Also, is she used to being sprayed with
fly repellent (didn't need it today, but tomorrow promises to be sunny &
warm which will bring the flies out after all the rain we've had). And
lastly, just to satisfy my curiousity: how tall is she - she looks to be
over 15 hh?

I must run, but will send you another report (and pictures) soon.

Thank you so much Kathy - for breeding such gorgeous, typey TRUE Morgans -
and for making our dream come true. I am looking forward to spending the
rest of my life with this sweet girl.

Claire
 

Sue Sondel, owner of Blythewood Polaris (Iris) - November 2008
Hi Kathy,
I had Iris at a clinic yesterday, what a good girl, she was amazing, nothing really bothers her, (unlike her uncle). The indoor and all the other horses did not effect her at all; it was like "been there done that; what's the big deal?" She is a very quick study, and so far with just my training and riding she already has hip, shoulders, one rein stop, bending flexing (just about in half) she is so funny when you flex her, she figures "Oh yeah I had this itch here and totally stays flexed but begins this big elaborate grooming process. She figures she'll kill to birds with one stone. Really the only problem I'm still having with her is she is pushy and in my space a lot, but I am working on that, now the tough stuff starts, collection and then head set, although she really has a very natural head set already. I was amazed at the amount of people that came up to me and told me how beautiful she is.  I'll send some pictures in the spring when she is shed out, she is a hairy beast now.  I always compare her to Tim and I think he is the bomb, but I think I may have a little diamond in the rough.  She is getting very tall, not as tall as Tim, but I think she's working on it.  She has been the most graceful grower I've ever seen.  She never really had a gawky stage like Tim did. One day you look at her and she is just bigger, never really up in the back that you would say to yourself, "Man is she up in the back again." like we did with Tim.  Oh yeah, did I mention the hair? Oh my God a tail and mane to kill for, but boy oh boy what a lot of work, and she hates  when I brush it, just like a little girl when her mom brushes her hair.

Debra Strong, who owns  Kizzy's half-sister Cherry, has this to say about Kizzy:
 
"Kathy--someone is going to have a wonderful friend and partner in this mare.  I saddled her up the other day just as the men came out with a backhoe/front-end loader, crowbars, and various other instruments of destruction to re-hang the door on the indoor arena. Kizzy longed and then rode with complete calm and focus amidst all the equipment, pounding, yelling, and banging going on practically over our heads. We then rode calmly outside--her first time outside under saddle--and around the men, farm equipment, and parked cars, plus Mike riding his horse in the outdoor ring.  She never batted an eye (her main focus was on trying to talk me into letting her nibble on the grass, which mean old me would not let her do!).  I can hardly believe Kiz is only 3.  I fell in love with Cherry when she was 3 because she had the same good sense and loving personality--so I can't say enough about the breeding of these horses. I know Kiz is still very young and green, and needs more experience, but what wonderful potential!   I'm enjoying "the childhood I always wish I'd had" with Cherry--she's my dream girl--and someone else will be just as lucky with Kiz.  Hope you find someone special enough to deserve her!"

Debra Strong, Lawrenceville, NJ, owner of Blythewood Cherry PopTart, sired by Roadshow Doctor Pop out of Callie-Ann

Wow, I was thinking, who IS this mare—and then with a jolt I remembered—SHE’S MY CHERRY POP TART! Holy cow, this is the horse I fell in love with and bought two years ago ‘cause I thought she was a swell friend and could maybe do a little dressage! She and I have been making gradual, incremental progress—her learning to be supple, balanced, and easy as silk to ride, me learning how to ride such a horse. She is now, I suddenly realized, a completely different horse!! Well, not completely (lol!)—she is the same trustworthy, smart, and affectionate girl I fell in love with, but filling out, coming into herself, more confident, and obviously feeling like she knows, not just that she SHOULD carry a rider, but HOW TO carry a rider. She’s using that Morgan mind of hers to work with my trainer and me—learning from him, helping to teach me. You know how it is when you see someone nearly every day, and you notice some changes, but then you wake up one day and the totality of the change just HITS YOU??

Wow, what bliss, what excitement! What a challenge for me to learn to ride like this! I can hardly keep up. She is dying to rock and roll into an extended trot and as her balance continues to improve we’ll gradually introduce that (hope I can do it!). She is beginning to do some shoulder-in, and even taking a few tentative steps that will someday farther in the future turn into a half-pass. She is a joy.

 

       


Suzie Stewart, Scottsdale, Arizona, owner of Blythewood Rare Candor (Candy [now Dandi]), 2005 filly sired by Raynyday Grand Finale out of Callie-Ann

"Candy/Dandi is getting along fine. Everyone has fallen in love with her, except her neighbor, my crabby 25 year old UVM Kitty. Even she's coming around. Dandi is not only pretty, she is so SWEET!"

August 29, 2007: Candy (Dandi) on her first trail ride in the Arizona desert as a coming 3 year old. Owner Suzie Stewart is aboard her 26-yr-old UVM Kitty.

Suzie writes: "She is being lightly ridden & she loves it. She goes out on the road & into the desert & she is not afraid of anything. She is very smart & I believe an alpha mare. Her care takers adore her. She can do no wrong."

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Nina Quinn, co-owner of Heyday Morgans:

"We have been breeding Morgans for over 30 years and Montey is about the most correct in conformation and Morgan type we have ever seen ."

 

Dominque Barbier, classical dressage trainer, about Blythewood Vermont Legend: 

"I always look at the horses I work with to find their conformation faults and inherent limitations, and then work around them for best results, but I look at this horse and try to find his faults and I can find none; he is just wonderful."


Susan Sondel, Grand Island, NY, owner of Blythewood Vermont Topic (Timmy), 2001 gelding sired by Montey:

"All I can say is thank you so much, first of all for Timmy, and of course, for bringing him to us. Timmy is everything we hoped he would be and more, he is just precious. We love him so much already.  He has adjusted better than I ever dreamed her would. He is a very smart little guy."


Stacey Smith-Bohn, Phillipsburg, NJ, owner of Blythewood Monterey Bay (Terry), 2002 gelding sired by Montey:

"Terry's out in the field behind the house where I can keep an eye on him; every once in a while he just zooms across the field for no reason.  I can't wait until we get this addition done, I'll have an upstairs sitting room that looks out on Terry's world."

"We had a really great drive with Terry this morning, he was such a good boy.  We warmed up in the ring and practiced out trots, standing on the rail and in the center and set up three pairs of cones.  Then we took him out in the big field (before the cattle come) to stretch his legs.  I even got Jay to drive him a little bit!!!!! (for the first time)." 


Barbara Filippello, Little Egg Harbor, NJ, owner of Blythewood Doc Hollywood (Doc), 2004 grandson of Montey:

"Mr. Doccie has been soooo good. Today we put the bit in his mouth for the first time. He stood quietly as we put it on under his halter, then proceeded to chew and mouth for some time. After about five minutes I gave him some hay. He started nibbling on hay as if he had nothing new in his mouth. He accepted the bit without any reservation. He is amazing."

"Meanwhile back on the estate....Matt had a chain saw going cutting down some HUGE old dead trees. When a tree dropped; the horses would spook and run to the end of their paddocks. Doc was with us with just his halter on at this point. He jumped slightly but was reassured with us right there. He remained calm and stood like a little soldier. The other horses were not as calm as baby Doc. He is amazing again. :D"

"Doc has been obedient, calm and trusting. He really takes things in stride and does not stress. I guess that's what separates a Morgan from other horses. A Morgan really does stand out above the rest. I only wish I could have had one earlier in my lifetime. Better late than never."


Susan Sondel, Grand Island, NY, owner of Blythewood Polaris ("Iris") 2005 filly by Lyonhil Quasar out of Blythewood Polly Vermont:

Just thought I would drop you a line and let you know how Iris is doing. We just love her she is the sweetest thing. Our farrier was so impressed with her. Well, I just wanted you to know how much we just love our little girl.... She loves attention and I think she even likes learning new things. She has been on the cross ties already; she backs up when asked and responds to ho when we are walking her.  I am thinking about taking her to a few shows this summer and doing a few halter classes, (they do them by age around here.) 

Iris will be one on Sat. She is such a sweet girl. We had a little scare with her the other day:  I had just put fresh shavings and for some reason all of my horses go crazy when they get fresh shavings, bucking, rolling etc. Well my little girl rolled and flipped herself over and cast herself against the wall. Thank God I was back there. I was freaking out, I was by myself and no one is home in my neighborhood during the day. I tried pulling her away from the wall, but of course I could not. She tried to get up several times but could not. She calmly accepted what ever help I was giving her; she did not freak out at all. She stayed calm and allowed me to push her legs down towards the floor and in doing so I was really putting myself in a dangerous situation, possible to be struck by thrashing hooves. I can't believe how calm she remained; she trusted me totally, so I pushed her legs down the wall and she pushed off. I can't believe she was smart enough to figure out what I was doing.  We worked at it for a few minutes and finally away from the wall enough to get up. She got up and then bucked and danced a bit as if to say, "Hey look mom, I'm OK; chill out!!"  She really is such a smart little girl, and such a lady. We truly enjoy her (my husband is in love with her) and I have a feeling that she will be a pleasure to train and work with getting outstanding results!! Just thought I would share that little story as a testimony to her temperament and intelligence. I wish I could have more of your horses in my barn.  Ya never know!


Pat Thrasher, owner of Blythewood Beau Brummel:
 

Today Beau spent five minutes chasing a green caterpillar on the concrete while waiting for the farrier to get set up. There was grass, and a maple tree he likes to browse -- but the caterpillar was more interesting. Of course, once the farrier brought out his tools and stands and all that was even better. The barn has a bunch of jumps in the ring, including a new Liverpool jump -- one of those blue poly things that goes under a spread jump to simulate water, and of course right now it has water in it. Beau loves it and wants to paddle and play in it. The other horses in the barn are terrified of it. Typical. He self-loads, btw. I didn't teach him, he just started doing it. We trailer out at least twice a week and he has become quite the Sophisticated Traveler. He has turned into such a moose, and is a total love bug. Still opinionated, though. I am going to try and get some pics of him under saddle soon, so you can put them on your website. Maybe a nice one of him doing a half-pass or something cool like that.

"We are such hot stuff" - OK, that's a very ... self-serving,
shall we say? ... subject line.  But Beau is doing so well, and I am so ecstatic
that -- given that one cannot do backflips on line -- I had to say something.

Today we went for our regular lesson, once a week, me 'n' Beau, Ric
'n' Gofer. It was one of those days that was sort of unscripted; they
had cut hay and were waiting to rake, we were on Saturday schedule,
so everything was much less hard-wired than usual.

Backing up: the trainer I am working with is Anne Rawle, Watermark
Farm. She is very classical in her background and teaching, and has
tons of experience in making GP horses out of sow's ears <G>. I first
went to her following a recommendation from this list for long-
lining, and she has proved to be a treasure right in my back yard. We
keep our horses about 20 minutes from her farm. In one year, we have
gone from "not able to canter under saddle" to "two weeks from
changes" and it is ALL honest, classical, build the muscle work. From
less-than-Training to Third, maybe Fourth.

Anne's daughter, Ellie, is the main rider at the farm; she has three
FEI horses and a number of others in consistent work, from green to
Fourth. She is NOT a pro; she rides and trains their horses, gives no
lessons, and does not take horses in training.

But today Ellie agreed to ride Beau so I could see what he looks
like, and so I could get an opinion from someone who rides a lot of
different horses, and always has. That's my main limitation as a
rider: I have one horse, ride one horse, bond with one horse, and
have no basis of comparison.

Beau is, according to Ellie, very talented, a "seriously good horse",
"very trainable mind", and on the brink of passage, easy changes, and
everything that would make a GP horse. He needs about two weeks work
on strengthening his right hind, which we will do with cavaletti and
canter leg yields (!) in both directions.

Uh, what do I do now? I haven't thought of myself at this level.
Sometimes I think I need to go back to kindergarten for riding! but
Beau is so much fun to ride, and he seems to really enjoy the
dressage work. His ADHD won't let him relax out on trails, but in the
ring he can focus and have fun. Doing trot zig-zag half pass he just
about bursts with "I am such hot s**t" and is so pleased with
himself. If it weren't for the heifers in the next field life would
be perfect <G>. But he's even learning that he can focus and work
when huge black and white animals are LOOKING at him :-).

Ellie also said that a LOT more dressage riders ought to be riding
Morgans rather than trash WBs. Well, I guess we can all agree with that!

Pat, who is on Cloud Nine at the moment

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