We are delighted to welcome new client Selena Weinstock and her mount, Celtic King, a nine year-old Irish Sport horse that Selena imported from Ireland as a three year-0ld! Selena and King compete in three-day eventing, and are moving up to the Preliminary level this year, but have come to Chestnut Hill for a few months to work on their show jumping. Interestingly, Selena started riding with Beverly at the tender age of eight, and jumped her first jump on retired lesson pony, Pacheco (pictured below)! Welcome Selena and King (and kudos Pacheco)!
Congratulations to Kristin Loewenthal on the purchase of “Arezzo,” a six year-old Dutch gelding. A big thank you to Rachel and Jeff Fields of Sandhaven Farm for this lovely youngster. Look for Kris and “Ari” in the meter jumpers this season! (Pictured above: Ari, assistant trainer John Wohr, and Kris in the saddle.) Good luck to this lovely new duo!
It’s been busy around the barn over the last few weeks with the move and several new clients and horses! We are so very pleased to welcome rider Madison Bradshaw to the barn! Madison brought along her two jumpers – Katina 12 and Corralino. Look for them in the high junior and Grand Prix rings this year. Madison will also be competing in the Young Rider trials. Not to be overlooked is Flynn (pictured above), Madison’s five year-old baby that she is bringing along and who shows great promise. Welcome all!
Check out this feature story on trainer Beverly Jovais on the ProEquest.com website. The story explores her background, the recent move to Alder Lane Farm, highlights from 2011, and her plans for 2012. Click here: http://www.proequest.com/professionals/featured/beverly-jovais
Chestnut Hill moved to Alder Lane Farm this week and everything went smoothly, and we had great weather to make it all extra easy. Our horses love the new facility, and riders claim the lovely Grand Prix ring makes lessons “like riding a hunter derby every day.”
New neighbors Metro and Jonagold found all the excitement a bit tiring, but they are happy and settled in.
Chestnut Hill is pleased to announce that we will be moving to Alder Lane Farm on November 15th. This world-class facility has recently been renovated to the highest standards and is meticulously maintained. All four barns are furnished with very large box stalls, each with cushioned mats. Horses are turned out daily in large paddocks. The facility offers three rings, each equipped with superior footing that assures a dust-free environment, a watering system, and competition quality jumps. The Grand Prix arena helps ensure the horses are prepared on competition quality courses. During inclement weather, Alder Lane Farm has a large, fully enclosed indoor arena. Please come check us out after the 15th!
One of the many things that makes Chestnut Hill such a special place is the team of horse care specialists we work with to keep our horses happy and healthy. Meet farrier James Pfeiffer, pictured here with his son, and the horse Capone.
James started riding as a boy mostly because he loved to go fast. He later rode and competed in three-day eventing , and it was during a horseshow that he met his wife, Andrea. When they married, they had nine horses between them, so James realized it was “a good deal to learn how to shoe a horse.”
For the first nine years of his career as a farrier, James apprenticed under Bob Lantis, one of the first ten to be inducted into the “International Farrier’s Hall of Fame.”
James continues to shoe the horses in his wife’s training program at Chocolate Horse Farm, in Petaluma, California, as well as for us, and other training programs in the surrounding area. In 2011, Andrea’s assistant trainer, Kelly Prather, qualified for and competed in the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on “Ballinakil Glory.”
We are fortunate to have such a skilled, experienced farrier on the Chestnut Hill team!
Congratulations to Donna Boyajian on the lease of “Impromptu” from fellow Chestnut Hill rider, Emily Lewis, who is now off to college. We are delighted to keep this sweet and lovely horse in the barn, and very happy for Donna, who has been taking lessons with Beverly for several years and is delighted to now have her own horse to ride. Congratulations to all and good luck to Donna and “Boone.”