What is Caitlin doing NOW?
This NOW page is a place to check-in with what’s new at Shamrock, and what Caitlin has been up to when she’s not at the barn or a show. (Yes, she finds rare moments of free-time every now and then!)
Horse shows in Florida, and other parts of the country, resumed June 1! All of our hard work during Lockdown is certainly paying off in the show ring! Sunshine (12) showed the two horses she is leasing at the Foxlea National show in Venice. She and “All Daisy Long” won the short stirrup eq and hunter divisions. For a pony who has very little show experience, she did quite well! “Zigvago” and Sunshine were also a competitive pair, and moved up to the 2’3” hunters Sunday after winning in the 2’ classes Friday and Saturday. Congratulations Sunshine!
Shamrock continued its winning ways at the Grand Oaks June schooling show. I showed Martha’s “Chilleddie” for the first time and had a great couple of days. Saturday won reserve champion in the local hunter division and Sunday earned Champion, winning 3 out of 4 of the hunter classes. Eddie is quite a show stopper- unbeatable in the under saddle classes! Lauren got the ride on Zigvago for two days, winning one of the training hunter classes on Saturday and placing 3rd Sunday in modified hunters. Grand Oaks is a great local option. Top quality experience!
Working with young horses! I keep a rotation of select young or green horses in my roster. I currently have Sarah’s “Spunky” on a two week “boot camp” at the farm. Spunky is a 4 year old big, beautiful Hanoverian who I’m getting to tune up before she goes home to Sarah. She’s been a real pleasure to bring along in a short amount of time so farm. Let’s get her show ready!
In love with my baby nephew! I became an aunt on June 5th to my brother’s baby boy Anders. I was able to go to Jacksonville Beach to visit him with Josh a couple weeks ago and he is the more precious thing. I’m so happy for my brother and Danielle!
Currently reading: Believe: A Horseman’s Journey by Buck Brannaman
Up next: Showing at Foxlea Farm National summer series in Venice, Florida.
Feeling appreciative for the support surrounding me. As I mentioned before, Ocala is a wonderful place for equine resources, but I’m especially grateful to the customers, friends, and family who have been offering extra support to me lately. I’m staying busy busy but there’s always someone willing to help out. I’m grateful for more chances to get back in the show ring and for new horses to work with. Thanks everyone!
Updated Monday, June 29