Standing at 15 hands, "Mo" or "Smalls" was sent to us on consignment as her owner has her hands full with children, and not enough time to dedicate to this "hony". Mo was a tough cookie, and while she showed a great deal of potential, she wasn't quite suitable as a resale just yet as her personality can be quite spirited. Bred to be a show jumper, Mo was just too small and with some nudging from our coaches, we created a syndicate to buy Mo for Courtney to campaign since she has quite the track record with small firey honies. Mo competed in a BN event last fall, and is looking at starting at the novice level in the spring of 2023 and will be stepping up to training level by the summer. She is naughty in almost every way, but my goodness can this one jump.
Detail is a 2011 OTTB mare owned by Krysta Paradis, originally sent to DGE for two months of training after rehabbing an injury. Detail is a very particular and sensitive mare, so our program was hand-picked for our extensive experience for patiently bringing these tricky ones back. In our program, Detail flourished and we decided to take her to one event in the fall to get her around a novice for her owner. Detail finished 2nd in a huge novice division, and that sealed the deal that Detail would stay at the farm in order to continue competing and gain much needed eventing experience in order to be a great future partner for the ladies in her life. Detail continued to impress, always showing up in fine form and dominating every competition. In one year, Detail moved from novice to the preliminary level where she won the dressage and dropped a couple of places due to planned time penalities. In 2022, with FOUR modified completions, Detail ended the year 4th in USEA Modified for Adult Riders... pretty incredible! After such a successful year, it was decided that Detail would stay with DGE to see how high she wanted to jump. While still a tricky ride, Detail is the quintessential mare - once you earn her trust, she will do anything for you. We are really excited to see where 2023 takes us... hopefully a ticket to some FEI competitions!
HR is a 2016 OTTB mare owned by Dr. Callahan and purchased to be another fabulous TB mare producer. In 2022, HR produced a lovely foal by Doug Payne's stallion Quiberon. After enjoying the barefootand pregnant life, it was decided that HR would try her hand at being a performance horse and was sent to DGE to see what she could accomplish. HR encompasses everything we look for in an upper-level prospect, and we are super excited to see what she will accomplish this year.
Stella was originally purchased to be Dr. Callahan's new dressage prospect, but she proved a bit too exhuberent for the amateur dressage horse life. Sent to DGE to be on consignment, it became clear immediately that Stella had all the potential to be a top competitor. While she is exhuberent and tricky, Stella has scope for days and the movement to be competitive at the highest levels. She is one that has to be brought along slowly and carefully, as she can become quite emotional. While she didn't competed in 2022, we have been laying down a solid foundation in her training so that she can begin her campaign in 2023.
We have a baby! A registered Westfalen bred by Dr. Elizabeth Callahan, Maude is by Doug Payne's stallion Quiberon out of Hand Rail (TB). We really believed in this breeding, and Maude is demonstrating all of the qualities we look for in young prospects. Stay tuned for the exciting journey with this filly!
Courtney purchased Willy as a two-year-old because....he looked like Roy Roger’s Trigger! It was quickly evident that Willy was rather complicated and spooky - he rarely had problems with the fences, but he would stop and spin when he saw fence judges, groups of spectators, birds, horse-eating-butterflies...anything that moved! However, his incredible jumping form convinced Courtney that this pony was quite special.
With Courtney’s careful training this spooky pony has become one of the most recognized and accomplished event ponies in Area II. Together they placed 5th at Plantation Field CIC**, captured a silver medal at the 2006 NAYRC CCI* competition, and earned Connemara of the Year in Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate (2x) Eventing Levels. In 2010 they earned the USEF McKenna Award for the highest earning Connemara in eventing.
Willy is one of a select few purebred Connemaras to ever compete above preliminary, and with his striking color and small “superman” stature he stands out wherever he goes. It is absolutely magical to watch this horse, you would never know that he is so small!
For the 2012 competition season, Willy has successfully made the move to Advanced. Most recently he finished in 3rd place in the advanced division at Fair Hill International Horse Trials.
Over the years, Willy has taught countless riders about the thrill of the sport. At the ripe age of 26, he is still teaching lessons and is the partner for Janice Sendak.
Royal Millennium, owned by Melissa Payne and Kathy Sheldon.
After competing through the preliminary level in eventing (and show hunters), Milo is enjoying his semi-retirement still with us at DGE. He teaches lessons and competes at the lower levels with one of our wonderful working students, and he has no idea that he turns 23 this year!
After being taken to the New Holland auction, Riley was found by a friend ... and the rest is history. Riley continued to jump higher and gallop faster until he competed at the advanced level. Unfortunately an injury in 2022 cut his career at the upper levels short, and Riley is now in Connecticut teaching an adult amateur and her daughter the ropes of eventing!
KP was another horse that no one wanted, and was unceremoniously left in an empty stall in our barn by a friend, Sabrina Morris. While some wanted to put her down because she was difficult and very much a professional's ride, her track connections knew that this mare deserved a chance. With the help of many friends, trainers, and vets KP competed through the Intermediate level in eventing, with an almost perfect XC record. She is ridiculously intelligent and quick on her feet, which made the dressage phase a challenge... but her jumping form is unmatched. After several years of running at intermediate, Courtney made the tough decision to let KP show someone the ropes at the lower levels. Unfortunately, KP was euthanized.
Over the years Cody instilled confidence in so many of our friends and my students... taking nearly everyone over their first couple of cross-country fences. Needed a fun, confident jump school? Cody was your guy. Boyfriend's first ride on a horse... Cody was your guy. Small child learning to ride... Cody. Adult learning dressage, and fixing jumping position... Cody. He touched so many lives, taught so many people and I know he enjoyed every minute of it. We lost Cody to a terrible colic while at An Otherwise Perfect Farm, and when he passed Julia and Barrett were gracious enough to allow Cody to have a permanent residence at the top of the cross country hill.