Missy traveled down to Red Hills with Ashton Hays and Madeline Backus to train the girls in the 2* and 1* divisions.
Ashton Hays is new to BHF, starting out as a hunter/jumper rider then switching over to eventing in 2011, competed up through prelim before her previous horse tore a tendon and was retired. She purchased her current horse, London By Night, in September of 2012, and he had previously competed up to 2* with Jamue Gunyulla. Last year they went to Canada and worked for Penny Rowland before joining BHF in Ocala for this season. London's a 16.3 OTTB and they have competed up to prelim together.
|Ashton on London|
We're also happy to have Madeline Backus back with us!! Madeline's Mom (Laura) sent her 17 year old daughter to intern at BHF the summer of 2013, and her dedication to the sport and riding talent has always impressed us. Her mother is a lifelong equestrian, with her own training business based out of Colorado. Madeline had returned home to complete high school, and work with her Mom training several of their own home breds. They have produced Madeline's current little power house, PS Arianna (Ari) and this past weekend they "wowed" us all, placing 10th in their first 2* against some of the stiffest competition in the country!! That result is even more sweet considering she has come back after nearly a 2 year hiatus due to a bad pasture injury. We can't wait to see how these two continue to grow in their riding career.
|Madeline and Ari at Rocking Horse|