Monday, April 25, 2011

It was a great Longleaf HT for Holly Hudspeth Eventing!

I am very proud of all my amazing students and friends at Longleaf this past weekend! With the sport of eventing having as many ups and downs as it does, it makes it all worth while when people who work hard get rewarded. The weather was beautiful, and as usual the Carolina Horse Park did a fantastic job. Congrats to the following;

Diana Abernethy and Rahav 9th NR-B
Ann Alexander and Beamish 10th NR-A
Brittany Alston and No Rest For The Wicked 10th-TR
Cindy Deporter and Drop The Buck 19th-TR
Marty Fisher and Brennan 3rd NR-A
Eliza Granger and Carriboo 1st NR-B
Emily Henderson and Sampson Denali 6th TR
Kimberly Rushton and Queen of the Blues 5th NR-A

Freddie being a bit more cooperative for Will!

My good friend Will Faudree rode our young horse Hailey's Comet in his first event, and had a quiet and steady dressage test. The score was a bit disappointing, but I was not too concerned as it was his first time in a dressage ring. Will also gave "Freddie" a great ride on the xc, and jumped the jumps really well. However, a few steps back at the water (then a large leap in) required an early departure! At least they were nearly finished. Will schooled Freddie today and it went well, and I am relieved the horse learned something. Thank you to Nat and the rest of the girls at Gavilan Farms who did such a super job with Freddie the last few months. Even at 4 years old the girls had him looking like he was going to the trot up at Rolex!

Will and Freddie

Ann and Beamish

Friday, April 15, 2011

Stewie is home!!!!

I am happy to say my amazing horse is back home. He arrived back from PA on Tuesday, and has settled right in. Dr. Dean Richardson performed a Cat Scan to determine where the fractures were, then went into his knee and removed them. The good news is all the cartilage looked great, and post xrays revealed no more fractures! So now it is time for Stewie to rest and heal. He has been getting out of his stall for grass about 4-5 times a day, and in two weeks he starts hand walking twice a week. He will get turned out in about 2 months, which I know he will love!

I am really happy how well he came out of surgery. The knee looks excellent, his weight looks good, and he seems back to his feisty self. My husband keeps asking me if I think the fall will take any of his enthusiasm away. The truth is I don't know. But what I do know is Stewie is one of the bravest, hardest working horses I have ever sat on. He does not know the words "I can't or I won't", and for that I am truly grateful. He and I have a great partnership, and I cannot wait for us to gallop cross country again. The barn has not been the same without him there, and I love the time I get to spend with him. With Stewie gone I had been a frequent shopper at Pottery Barn Kids, so I bet Chuck is happy he is home too! We will save money all the way around.

Friday, April 8, 2011

I am thrilled to have Ned Divine join Holly Hudspeth Eventing!

I am happy to say that Ned Divine is joining the team! Working student Maxine Preston has bought the fabulous gelding. (with help of her outstanding grandparents Jim and Mary Danforth) Ned was found on the race track in Washington by Janet von Pressentin, the same great lady that found Stewie and Freddie. Ever since Ned came out east for his new owner Tim Murray to start riding, I have admired him from afar. I have known Ned for some time, watched him at shows, and could not be happier he is in the barn!

Maxine's other horse Sara is heading back to Michigan to teach young riders how to show jump at the lower levels. With Sara in MI, Maxine will spend the next month or so schooling with Ned at home, getting to know him well. They will be out as a team this summer, and no doubt having a ball! Thanks to Tim Murray, Jim and Mary Danforth, Dr. Tom Daniels, and Bobby Costello who all made Maxine's year!


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Very excited about new Cavalor sponsorship!

I am proud to say that I have developed a new and exciting relationship with Cavalor! Cavalor has quickly become a world leader in equine nutrition for performance horses, and I am thrilled to be part of their team.

As an international competitor who trains horses from novice through advanced, I pride myself on the care and nutrition of my animals. And as an athlete, I understand the importance of proper diet. Cavalor only uses the top raw materials and the best quality control processes. They sponsor some of the world's top athletes, who clearly believe in the product and it's effects. It means alot to me that my name has been added to the list!

While the feed is currently available in Aberdeen, NC, I am diligently working with Cavalor reps to get the products into the Raleigh and Rougemont area. I know that after people find out about how amazing  Cavalor is, they too will be hooked. Please check out Cavalor at and see where your closest dealer is. Or feel free to email me with any inquires. My email is