Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dragonfire's Young Talent Shines At Woodside

The Spring Event at The Woodside Horse Park can be counted on to provide exciting performances across the divisions, with California's top barns traveling to the picturesque hills of the Bay Area to take part in The Preliminary Challenge. Along with their best entries for this unique class that offers generous prize money at the Preliminary level, riders look forward to galloping the cross country in Woodside at every level from Beginner Novice to Advanced.

This year, Dragonfire was at the top of the class in the Novice divisions with several of their candidates for the Young Event Horse Series.

Stoneman DF and Jennifer McFall
Leading his division from start to finish, Stoneman DF, handily won the Novice Horse at woodside. His rhythmical dressage test scored a 27.2%, which he held for the remainder of the competition with two double clear rounds. This full Thoroughbred, by Grindstone out of Smiler, is really starting to come into his own and has truly discovered the joy of eventing. We expect that he will be a superior upper level mount in the future. His next outing will be the 5 Year Old YEH as well as the Novice Three Day at Rebecca Farm with Jennifer McFall.

Stoneman DF in his clean show jumping round
Stoneman DF
Be Real and Jennifer McFall

Another exciting prospect from Dragonfire, Be Real, ended in second place in the Open Novice. This five year old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Ramiro B (sire of Ballynoe Castle RM) and out of a Puissance mare (half brother to Master Imp) has a lovely cadence and a superior temperament. Be Real can be counted on to come away with a score in the 20's and Woodside was no exception, as he laid down a brilliant 21.5%. An unfortunate rail in stadium knocked him down to second place, but he was still on a solid score of just 25.5%. His double clear cross country secured the red ribbon for the weekend. He will challenge his barn-brother at Rebecca Farm in both the Five Year Old YEH and the Novice Three Day, with Jennifer in the irons.

Be Real
Tropic Delight and Caroline Dein
Caroline Dein has to be thrilled with her family's homebred, Tropic Delight. This stunning Trakhener mare is by E. H. Lehndorff's and out of Tiger Lily. At just four years old, she shows much promise for the future. Her dressage test was good enough to be standing in second place in the Novice Horse division, but a single time fault in the show jumping moved her down to third. Although green, she tackled the cross country with vigor and came away double clean and ready for more! She will next contest the Four Year Old YEH in Kalispell, at Rebecca Farm.

Tropic Delight
We are very excited to be bringing along such talent, and are grateful for the positive venues available to us to showcase them at. On to Kalispell!

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