New horse – Too Cool

Congratulations to Tylor Nowell on the purchase of Too Cool, a six-year-old 15.3 1/2 hand Hanovarian gelding.  Look for this new team in the Children’s Hunter division, and you’ll also see “Ernie” with assistant trainer Katharina Coleman aboard in the First Year division.  A big thank-you to trainer Scott Stewart for this kind, lovely and talented horse.  Good luck Tylor and “Ernie!”

FOR SALE: Lightly Used Saddles

2009 Antares, Sellerier de France 16″ Close Contact Jumping Saddle for sale.  A beautifully maintained saddle, that is just one year old and in exceptional like-new condition.  It shows little if no wear and is made of full calfskin leather.  It has knee and thigh blocks, and padded knee rolls.  The saddle has an extra 5mm of padding added to the normal 20mm thickness of the front half-panels in contact with the horse.  The flap reads “”09 339,” “MADE IN FRANCE” over “Q O N 16 E” over “RAV +5 M20,” which translates as a 16″ narrow twist deep seat with a regular tree and a regular short flap. $3,600.00 (Plus shipping and insurance.)

FOR ADDITIONAL INFO AND MORE PHOTOS:  Email: or call 415-305-5931

2006 Butet of Saumur, France 16″ Close Contact Custom Jumping Saddle.  A beautifully maintained saddle in excellent used condition, with only the slightest wear to it.  It has full grain leather flaps, with French calf leather on the seat and the padded knee rolls.  There are no thigh or knee blocks for even closer contact with the horse.  The flap reads “”P 16,” over “1 879 06,” over “MADE IN FRANCE,” which translates as a 16″ flat seat with a medium/regular tree and a regular #1 flap.  Butet seats run large and this one measures closer to 17″.  $2,700.00 (Plus shipping and insurance.)

FOR ADDITIONAL INFO AND MORE PHOTOS:  Email: or call 415-305-5931.

New horse – Biarritz

Congratulations to Blaire Kingsley on the purchase of Biarritz, a nine-year-old 16.2 hand Oldenburg gelding.  Look for this new team in the junior hunter division.  A big thank you to trainer Michael Tokaruk for this talented horse.  Good luck Blaire and “Fritz!”

New Horse – Proverb

Congratulations to Tylor Nowell on the purchase of Proverb – an eight-year old, 16.2 hand Warmblood gelding.  Look for these two in the children’s equitation and medal rings.  A big thank you to Mindy Darst for this very special horse!  Good luck Tylor and “Teddy!”

Buddy Brown Clinic a Hit

Riders (from left to right) Alexa Varaday (on Tommy Jovais), Dina Smith (on Toto) and Mia Rudick (on Lorelei) joined the rest of the Chestnut Hill participants in giving the two-day clinic with Olympian Buddy Brown a huge thumbs up.  Buddy (pictured above) started out with a thorough review of the mechanics of a horse’s body, and how a rider’s aids affect those mechanics.  He went on to practice in a variety of positions – full seat, 3/4 seat, half seat and “cowgirl.” He encouraged every participant to think about how their breathing affects their communication with their horse and practiced special techniques to make the rider more effective.  He also often found creative specific fixes for position problems with individual riders.  In addition to offering a wealth of knowledge and ideas, Buddy’s fun, approachable and positive personality made the event a hit.

New Owner for Grasshopper

Congratulations to Bridget Twomey on the purchase of fellow Chestnut Hill rider Blaire Kingsley’s horse – Grasshopper!  The dappled grey Warmblood gelding is a very special horse, and it’s great news that he will remain in the barn.  Good luck to Bridget and “Hopper” in the Adult Amateur division!