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The Archway team recently attended the Early Summer Classic Horse Show held in Wilsonville, OR which marked the kick-off for our summer circuit.  Spirits run high at this show since it represents the end of the school year for our Junior riders and the start to our horse show travels out of our local area.  Hunter Creek Farm, where the horse show is held, is set in the picturesque Willamette Valley surrounded by it’s landscaped rolling hills.  It’s always wonderful to meet up with friends and faces we haven’t seen for awhile and go against some good competition.

With the exception of Janet, who came down early with Corey, our rider’s arrived on Thursday evening ready to begin their weekend of showing on Friday.  The weather was fair most of the week with off and on rain showers intermittent with beautiful sunny skies.  The progressive aisle party on Saturday came with warm sunny weather and an abundance of food and drinks offered by the barns.

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Our rider’s represented the team well with many accomplishments:

Golden Cadillac and Tiffany Odgers: Junior Hunters 1st 4th 7th 8th, Equitation 16-17 3rd 4th 4th, USEF Pessoa 7th

Golden Cadillac and Corene Smith Reserve Champion Performance Hunters 3’6

Broderick and Anne Hill: Champion Adult Equitation

Broderick and Corene Smith: 4th USHJA International Derby

Simplicity and Leslie Thornton: Adult Hunter Reserve Champion,Adult Equitation 3rd 6th, Schooling Hunter 1st 2nd

Simplicity and Corene Smith: Champion Large Hunter, 4th USHJA National Derby

Moonlight Sonata and Janet Weaver: Long Stirrup Hunter 4th 5th

Moonlight Sonata and Corene Smith: 1st USHJA National Derby, Reserve Champion Performance Hunter 3’3

Valente and Natalie Medved: Reserve Champion Equitation 13 and under, Children’s Hunter 3rd 8th 8th 6th 4th, Schooling Hunter 2nd 3rd, Taylor Harris 7th.

Valente and Corene Smith: Large Hunter 4th 6th 2nd 3rd

Skyline and Payton Smith: Reserve Champion High Children’s Jumper, 2nd Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, 5th ASPCA Maclay.

Skyline and Corene Smith: 1st 1.10m Jumper.

The Archway team recently attended the Early Summer Classic Horse Show held in Wilsonville, OR which marked the kick-off for our summer circuit.  Spirits run high at this show since it represents the end of the school year for our Junior riders and the start to our horse show travels out of our local area.  Hunter Creek Farm, where the horse show is held, is set in the picturesque Willamette Valley surrounded by it’s landscaped rolling hills.  It’s always wonderful to meet up with friends and faces we haven’t seen for awhile and go against some good competition.

With the exception of Janet, who came down early with Corey, our rider’s arrived on Thursday evening ready to begin their weekend of showing on Friday.  The weather was fair most of the week with off and on rain showers intermittent with beautiful sunny skies.  The progressive aisle party on Saturday came with warm sunny weather and an abundance of food and drinks offered by the barns.

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Our rider’s represented the team well with many accomplishments:

Golden Cadillac and Tiffany Odgers: Junior Hunters 1st 4th 7th 8th, Equitation 16-17 3rd 4th 4th, USEF Pessoa 7th

Golden Cadillac and Corene Smith Reserve Champion Performance Hunters 3’6

Broderick and Anne Hill: Champion Adult Equitation

Broderick and Corene Smith: 4th USHJA International Derby

Simplicity and Leslie Thornton: Adult Hunter Reserve Champion,Adult Equitation 3rd 6th, Schooling Hunter 1st 2nd

Simplicity and Corene Smith: Champion Large Hunter, 4th USHJA National Derby

Moonlight Sonata and Janet Weaver: Long Stirrup Hunter 4th 5th

Moonlight Sonata and Corene Smith: 1st USHJA National Derby, Reserve Champion Performance Hunter 3’3

Valente and Natalie Medved: Reserve Champion Equitation 13 and under, Children’s Hunter 3rd 8th 8th 6th 4th, Schooling Hunter 2nd 3rd, Taylor Harris 7th.

Valente and Corene Smith: Large Hunter 4th 6th 2nd 3rd

Skyline and Payton Smith: Reserve Champion High Children’s Jumper, 2nd Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, 5th ASPCA Maclay.

Skyline and Corene Smith: 1st 1.10m Jumper.

Summer 2011

Autumn has arrived and with it shortened days, cool air and beautiful hues.  With the show season coming to a close, we finally find time to reflect on the Summer of 2011. This past season was jam-packed full of challenges and changes. It has been a summer of hope, dreams, old friends, new friends,  health, passing, twins, ownership, broken arm, graduations, reunions, great company, lots of laughs, honor, great food, travel, decisions and hard work . All of these things have brought an array of emotions and have inspired growth, we would not have traded any of it. It has been one of those times when you need to believe that a higher order will light your way and bring you home. And so it has. We will keep you posted on all the new changes coming our way.

Meanwhile…..we cannot begin to list all the accomplishments our team has experienced this season. All of our riders have done their best to push themselves to new levels. We are continuously in awe of how determined they are to transform themselves into better riders, horseman and as a result incredible people. Our lives are enriched by the people that surround us and we appreciate each and every one of them. Thank you all for being “YOU“.

Enjoy the slide show…….

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Last week we attended the Pacific Northwest Horse Show in Monroe and had a very successful show. Once again our ribbon display was impressive showing that our horses and riders performed exceptionally well. Saturday we took  our turn at  the  Welcome Center, thank you to the parents for making our lunch a great success.

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Before I begin the overview of accolades from the week, I would like to share a story about a rider and her journey as she reaches for her star. Eleven years ago the Hill family brought their two young aspiring equestrians to our barn for “riding lessons” their names were Lauren and Natalie, for the purposes of my story we are going to focus on Natalie. I have a clear memory of  a tiny 5 year old learning to post on the lesson ponies, each week she came and worked on her skills. She progressed through the lesson levels and leased a pony to take to the shows, her quiet determination never seemed to waiver and she always  progressed at her own steady pace. She moved onto her sister’s horse Jake and rode  in the Childrens 12 and under, she loved Jake and had a wonderful empathy for him, during a summer show we realized that Jake was letting us know it was time for him to step down. In the middle of the season, she leased Troubador and lit up the circuit with their partnership. After another leased green horse and a great experience to add to her resume, let’s fast forward to 2010. It was time for Natalie  to have her own horse, we found a handsome dark bay gelding she named Brody and the “love affair” began. In 2010,  Natalie and Brody competed at the 3′, 3’3″ and at the end of the season moved into the 3’6″. As we stepped into 2011 Natalie and Brody  bonded and have become a “dynamic duo”. Last week they excelled in the Equitation and Medals, what an accomplishment for this young rider! In addition to this, every available Saturday, Natalie works at the barn. She arrives early Saturday morning designs and builds a full course for the Saturday Rotation , rides her horse, scrubs feed buckets/brushes and in the afternoon can be seen assisting the lesson riders in the barn.

Natalie’s success is not by chance, it is through hard work and determination that she has been transformed into a Horsewoman in every sense of the word. She is a living testament to the Archway philosophy and a wonderful role model for her peers and our younger riders! Keep up the good work Natalie, there is more to come!!

Here are the Award Highlights for the week:

Champions:

Equitation 16 – 17 – Natalie Hill

Pony Hunters -Platinum-Payton Smith

Pony Equitation – Payton Smith

Equitation 13 and under – Jenna Barker

Reserve Champions:

Adult Amateur Hunter – Sir William – Patty Osberg

Equitation 16 -17 – Hannah Thornton

Performance Hunter 3’3- Black Tie Affair- Corene Smith

Medals:

Natalie Hill: 1st WSHJA 3’6″, 1st USEF Pessoa, 1st ASPCA Horsemanship

Hannah Thornton: 3rd USEF Pessoa

Mali Kerslake: 4th – WSHJA 3′

Jenna Barker: 4th – Taylor Harris

USHJA National Hunter Classic:

4th – Broderick – Natalie Hill

7th – Black Tie Affair – Corey Smith

I would like to acknowledge Madeleine Strain and Alexa Driscoll both of these riders moved into new divisions for the first time and did a great job!

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On the first Saturday in May, the famed Kentucky Derby runs and I always make it a point to stop what I am doing to watch the “Run for the Roses”.

This was also the Saturday Corey chose to hold our Spring Flower Drive so we invited the “Archway Family” to join in with the spring planting and watch the Derby.
Flowers started to arrive Friday afternoon and as we finished the last lesson of the evening we had accumulated quite an assortment. Of course, it was raining and we were a little worried about weather conditions for Saturday but when you live in the Pacific Northwest….
As I headed to the barn on Saturday morning blue sky was fighting to break through, by 1:00 as planting began the sun had come through and it stayed until we finished. I love seeing everyone sharing ideas and enjoying each others company, the younger girls were in the yard “jumping” and  even the dogs enjoyed the afternoon festivities. With the last flower planted and the clean- up complete, we headed into the lobby  to enjoy refreshments and gather around the TV to watch the race.

It was a very good day! We are  grateful to everyone who donated flowers and bags of soil. A very heartfelt “Thank you” goes out to those who took time out of their Saturday afternoon to help us design and plant the beds and planters, it was a lot of fun and we feel truly blessed.

Each time visitors enjoy the beautiful display of color I know you will all take pride in your part of making Archway beautiful.

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The Jumper week completed our three week run in Monroe and as we concluded our week we were excited about how our horses and riders performed.
It was a small group this week with Broderick, HH Campino and Opus One joining us for the finale.

Natalie and Broderick were taking advantage of practicing Equitation classes over jumper fences, they were double clear in the jumper classes with beautiful Equitation rides. This show  marked Amanda’s return to the show ring after a year off due to an injury, Campino is still green and learning the ropes. Vanessa Howard Anderson was unable to ride due to an injury, she asked  Corey to ride Opus and we schooled Elyssa over the weekend.

We are very excited to report that Natalie Hill has qualified for the Maclay Regional Finals, this will be  Natalie’s first full season competing at the 3’6″ level and she is off to a powerful start. She laid down great rounds and was consistantly in the ride offs. Great Job Natalie, you and Brody are a great Team!

Amanda and Campino were feeling their way around the jumper ring and showed improvement as the week progressed. It was really great to have Amanda back at the shows!

Corey and Opus took a fall in the mud the second day but all ended well with a Championship in the .95 Jumpers. Thank you Vanessa for entrusting Opus and Elyssa to us, it was a privilege working with you guys.

As we packed up, loaded horses and drove home to our Sunday dinner we reflected on how far all our horses and riders have come. It took hard work, dedication and many “cold” hours to get here, let’s keep it up.

Great job Team Archway!

Corey and Amanda Enjoying a "Moment" of Sunshine!

Corey, Amanda and I went to see the baby Chicks at the feed store.

Studying the Course!

On Deck

Good friends

As we headed into week two of our season opener the weather was cold and rainy; this remained the weather pattern until Sunday when the sun finally appeared. You will see in the photos our long down coats  and scarves used to fend off the penetrating damp cold air. On Saturday and Sunday clients provided us with warm soup and hot sandwiches at a time when comfort food hit the spot, there was a rumor that an adult afternoon wine tasting and good conversation took place in a warm, cozy RV(of course the professionals had work to do). We would like to thank: the Kerslake family, the Porter family and the Thornton-Rumpeltes family for caring enough to provide us with warm, nutritious foods. We appreciate our clients every day!

Our wall of ribbons became a display of the talent that runs deep at Archway. We had five of our seven students stepping  into a higher division and they worked diligently to improve their skills. We will have many things to work on at home but for now they will bask in pride of their accomplishments. We had three of our younger riders manage (with the help of their Moms) to handle their own grooming for both weeks, Kudos to you, your display of horsemanship was commendable:)

Special thanks goes out to our grooms Victor Gandara and Rafael Ramierez and to Gay Sheridan who has been our braider from the beginning. “…..it takes a Village….”

CHAMPIONS:

Performance Hunters 3’3″- Black Tie Affair – Corene Smith

11 and under Equitation- Jenna Barker

Pony Equitation- Payton Smith

RESERVE CHAMPIONS:

Large Hunters- Black Tie Affair- Corene Smith

Performance 3’3″- Simplicity- Corene Smith

Adult Amateur- Sir William- Patty Osberg

Small/Medium Pony – Platinum- Payton Smith

MEDAL WINS:

WIHS Hunter phase- Hannah Thornton

WIHS Jumper Phase – Hannah Thornton

WIHS Overall- Hannah Thornton

WSHJA Good Seat & Hands 3’6

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM ARCHWAY!!

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