Tribute to Gladys Knight
We were so sorry to loose our friend and great horse enthusiast Gladys Knight - The Great Uniter. Gladys never met an outfit she did not like. She has achieved the summit and will never be forgotten.
Black Stallion Literacy Project
An Amazing day at the Barn. Here are some photos from the Black Stallion Literacy Project visit from Burnham School (Bridgewater), Booth Free School (Roxbury), and Washington Elementary first graders.
Horse Tales Literacy Project at Trowbridges
First-graders from Region 12 elementary schools last week visited Trowbridge Ltd. Arabian horse farm in Bridgewater for a program that encourages reading.The event was the first of two visits to the farm the children will make as they participate in Horse Tales Literacy Project.Horse Tails is a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy, motivating children to read by connecting them with a classic book and live horses.
Miz Vogue's Star Shined Bright in Arizona
Miz Vogue VA was Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Driving,
Open with Mary Trowbridge and ATD with Frank Hennessey
Scottsdale Thrill for Captain and Sally Wheeler
Sally Wheeler is an avid fan of the Scottsdale Horse Show and shared with us...
"The joy of competing at Scottsdale has been one of life's peak experiences.
An enormous thank you to Trowbridges for helping me to get there!"
Exciting New Addition
Chester IV De Cavlier is the newest addition for
Victoria Herbst and for
the Trowbridge barn. He is a 6 y/0 Arabian cross out of the Dutch Warmblood stallion Esops Fable. His owner is excited to show him in the open Hunter circuit this year and we know great things are to come for this pair.
“Good Horsemanship” Training Clinic with Gil Merrick
Focusing on the Gymnastic Development of Horse & Rider
Presented by Markel Insurance
Dates: January 5, 6 2013
Background: Gil has been riding since he was 11 years old when he gained experience working with Quarter Horses, Arabians, Morgans and Thoroughbredswhile jumping, hunting, eventing, showing western pleasure horses and vaulting. He began his formal dressage education whenhe was 16. Due to his fluency in German he was afforded the opportunity during his college years to work as an apprentice at the estateof 5-time European dressage champion and 1960 Olympian, Rosemarie Springer, near Hamburg, Germany. Mrs. Springer organized forGil to participate in the Amateur Riding Instructor’s Course in Warendorf, Germany and to attend the Summer Dressage Program at theHanoverian Riding and Driving School in Verden, Germany. He subsequently spent 7 years training with Major Miguel Tavora in Sydney,Australia who remains his chief mentor to this day. Major Tavora completed the Course of Masters at the Portuguese Military and CivilianRiding Academy of Mafra and was later appointed as the Chief Instructor and the Director of the Equestrian Division of the Mafra School.Major Tavora was a lifetime friend and student of Nuno Oliveira and continues to work in partnership with Gil for the publication of hisbooks and articles and in supporting his training programs in the USA.
During Gil’s four-year tenure as Managing Director for Dressage with the United States Equestrian Federation he served as Team Leaderfor the USA dressage teams at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil and the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, SRA China. This afforded Gil the opportunity to organize and observe all of the trainingclinics for the USA’s Elite Riders with their National Coach, German Gold Medalist, Klaus Balkenhol. This position with the USEF alsooffered Gil the opportunity to partner with John and Lisa Seger of the Markel Corporation in the development and administrationof the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program and to oversee all of the Federation’s national dressage programs.
2012 US Nationals Recap
Congratulations to our very talented "own" photographer, Mike Harrigan, on his first book cover,
Saddled, by Susan Richards
photo cover shot by Mike Harrigan.
MAE WEST Joins the Abramowitz-Reid Family
(Triften+/ x Rita Hayworth (Bravado Bey V x Rio Rita NA)
Congratulations and sincere thanks to clients Linda Abramowitz-Reid and George Reid on the purchase of the beautiful Triften+/ purebred filly Mae West, who is out of the beautiful Rita Hayworth. Watch for this dynamic filly at Scottsdale and throughout the year in the yearling filly classes, and in the performance ring in 2013 and beyond! Thank you Linda and George! What good times are ahead for us all!
U.S. Nationals -- Saving the Best for Last!
Saving the best for last, The Trowbridge Team traveled again to Tulsa at the end of October, where nine horses competed against the best Arabians and Half Arabians in the country in a myriad of events, garnering eight top tens and a Unanimous National Championship to bring back to Connecticut.
Kathy D'Auria and her elegant Half Arab mare Kreme Dela Krewe returned to top their 2008 Reserve Championship in the HA Country Pleasure AOTR with a Unanimous National Championship win in the HA Country Pleasure 55 and over class this year, turning in a flawless ride to bring home the roses, and Lindsey and Kreme also won a top ten in the Half Arabian Open Country Pleasure the next evening. Congratulations to Ken, Kathy and Kreme for putting in such a flawless ride, and for their dedication to their horses and loyalty to us all over the years. Thanks, Ken and Kathy, and congrats!! No one deserves it more!
JP, Heather, and Megan Tracy's Crosswind Farms were well represented at US this year, with the two farm bred mares CWF Jitterbug Jane and CWF Tango Tilly, bringing home top tens in the HA English Pleasure AAOTR with Jane and Heather, and a top ten in the Open HA Country Pleasure by Tilly and Mary.
Ka Boom! lived up to his reputation for making the horse show exciting by winning a top ten in the HA English Pleasure AAOTR with Rosemary Fitzgerald, as well as a Top Ten in the Half Arabian English Pleasure with Mary. The four year old Triften son Tribbianni, owned by the Messina family of Greenwich, Ct., brought home the first National award for this new Arabian family in the Purebred English Pleasure Junior Horse class. Juke Box Hero and new owner Toni Dolby made their cuts in the competitive HA Country Pleasure AAOTR classes, and then Juke went on to garner a top ten in the HA Country Driving. And Marchesi, the three year old son of Marwan, brought the Conti family their first National award with a top ten win in the Purebred Gelding Futurity class.
Special thanks go to our great friend and veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Williams of Rhinebeck Equine for again traveling with the team to Tulsa to support the Trowbridge horses and riders in their year end competition. Jeff's attention went a long way towards making Nationals a success for horses and riders alike, and we thank him heartily!