Monday, March 26, 2012

Congrats to Ginny & Hawley!!!!

Advanced Divisions wrap up at Poplar

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The two horses topping the leaderboard at the end of the Advanced Divisions could hardly be more different. Gin'n'Juice, Hawley's ride has jumped round the WEG for a silver medal, and completed Badminton and Burghley last year - a bouncy bundle of feistiness, she pulled Hawley around both the XC yesterday and the stadium today oozing confidence, looking and obviously feeling a million dollars.

[Poplar Scores

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Updates from Poplar from Eventing Nation!

Advanced XC Poplar Place

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin'n'Juice power into the lead after a strong round xc.
You can check all the live scores here

The Advanced leaderboard was well and truly shaken up after the cross country, and although the corner combination at 5 caused some trouble - glance-offs, a couple of falls, and a few eliminations, the problems otherwise seemed fairly well spread out. Hawley made up for a disappointing elimination for 3 refusals at the #5 corner with a smoking round on Ginny who skipped round easily and looked extremely keen, and they now lead Advanced Section B. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Clinic Report from Dragonfire Farm!

Hawley Revisited (link to full blog post)

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to once again host a Hawley Bennett Clinic here at Dragonfire. For the horses and riders that participated in this and the last clinic with her, it was clear that there was a significant improvement in their styles and ability to handle challenges together. For the riders who were new,  their eyes were opened a little bit wider to the possibilities of what they could be working on. Either way, it was an impressive group of horses and riders which makes for an exceptional clinic!

Each day, before the first morning jump sessions started, a few riders headed to the Dressage court to take advantage of a little private time with Hawley. Kammy Bhala, Caroline Dein, and myself all benefitted greatly from these highly intense sessions on the flat. No detail goes unnoticed by Hawley, nor do you finish a movement until it is done exactly, and I have the sore abs to prove it.

What is most striking about Hawley's teaching style over fences is her ability to push a rider/horse combination further than their comfort zone and ultimately to success. Although her exercises can be set by anyone, it is her keen eye and overwhelming positive energy (mixed with a little "I'm-going-to-make-you-do-it-whether-you-want-to-or-not") that encourages even the timid rider to swing away, to use a baseball term. Even in challenging the riders or horses to do more difficult jumps than they are used to, perfection is her goal and it will be achieved by the end.
 A video recap of the clinic courtesy of Taylor McFall and Roses Are Blue

Team Dragonfire will miss Hawley as she heads to the East Coast in pursuit of her own intensive training towards the Olympic Games this Summer in London. We wish her the best of luck and the ride of her life!
Kaitlin Hall and Holly Wenzell represent Three Bay Farms with great rides

Monday, March 5, 2012

Nice Coverage of Natalia on EN!!

Twin Rivers HT Video Break

Thanks to Taren for sending us a heads up on video from Twin Rivers HT.  Click to read the event wrap up written by the ever-gracious CAEventMom, and see full scores here.  Go West Coast Eventing!

This video is Natalia Gurmankin and Hail II in show jumping.  They were riding in their first Advanced together and had a beautiful round on Sunday.  Natalia is based at Kingsway with Hawley Bennett-Awad, and works harder than anyone I know.  It is always a pleasure to get to see her ride, and watch her hard work and endless barn hours pay off.  Plus she is one of the nicest people out here on the West coast!  She plans to head back East with Hawley and I hope for her that she and Hail are able to compete at Jersey Fresh this year.  Thanks!