Saturday, July 30, 2011

Patrick Dwyer Clinic on Wednesday August 3rd

Patrick Dwyer, brother of James, will be coming to the farm this Wednesday for another day of clinic instruction!  Patrick, who trains out of Kevin Babington's barn,  has been coming to BHF for quite some time, and is a local favorite.  I've had the pleasure of doing a clinic with Patrick and walked away with several new tools for my toolbox.  He is fabulous!!

To schedule a time during the clinic, please call Missy at 484-576-3947!

Patrick Dwyer is an accomplished horseman and has been a friend of Kevin’s for many years. Pat joined Kevin in Pennsylvania several years ago to help handle the training and show horses. At that time Pat owned and operated Patrick Dwyer Show Stables in Walnut Creek, California. Kevin and Pat bought and sold horses together for years before Pat finally joined him on the East coast.

 Pat provides exceptional instruction and coaching to our riders from the children's jumper level through grand prix. He is also Kevin’s groundsman at home and at shows. He provides the most difficult service here by taking over Kevin’s amateur and grand prix students in his absence, whether it is for coaching at shows or just keeping their training program going at home. Like Kevin, Pat’s riding and teaching foundation comes from Iris Kellet’s classical training program in Ireland. In the early 1990’s, Pat served as Iris Kellet’s second rider under International rider John Hall and he was the assistant instructor for Ms. Kellet for many years. The similar foundation Kevin and Pat share make it easy for clients to transition between the two trainers.  

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Trip to Hartpury College, Dressage Festival CPEDI*** (Para) July 12th to July 15th

The crew is off to England!  Orlando (affectionately known as Ben) and Jess left Blue Hill Farm early in the morning on Sunday July 3rd  for JFK Airport where they will fly to Amsterdam with Mersant International. They arrived at the Quarantine Barns around noon with plenty of time to kill before Ben loaded aboard the plane around 6:30 PM for an 11:30 flight. After landing in Amsterdam they traveled by road to the UK, now in the care of James Luck from LGBloodstock Shipping Ltd. 

James Dwyer flew out on Sunday night from Philadelphia to Heathrow International Airport outside of London, where he will arrived Monday to then travel to Downs Equestrian Centre (  to get ready for Ben and Jess's arrival on Tuesday morning.  

The lovely Downs Equestrian centre is owned by Italian three day event rider Alberto Giugni who rode for Italy in the 2006 World Games in Aachen.  Jessica joined them on Wednesday morning and the preparations began to get Ben ready for the show. Ben will enjoy the amenities of Downs Equestrian, including their lovely barns, riding arenas, and turn out paddocks. On July 12th the group from Blue Hill moved to the show grounds at Hartpury College, Hartpury UK (

The Jog was a success on Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning the Grade IV team tests started at 8.30am. Thursday and Friday Grade IV Individual and Championship tests were ridden as well as the musical freestyles.

7/11/11 Report From Jessica: 

James got a 68.2% in the Grade IV team test and his teammate Eilish got a 68.3%. It was a great win for Ireland as the Brits were out in force with lovely horses and predominately British judges and James was thrilled to be second! The purpose of getting in front of Olympic level judges proved to be the right decision.

Pictures & further reports to follow!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

2012 Olympic Test Event in Greenwich England

Missy has left our great nation to take part in the 2012 Olympic Test Event, being held at Greenwich Park in London.  The purpose of the test event is basically to allow riders to take part in a "dry run" of the Olympic venue.   Most riders have not brought their Olympic mounts, but younger horses that may also benefit from the competition.

Missy's role at this test event is one of coach for the Para Olympic team, where she will have the opportunity to observe a dry run on their behalf.  I've received photos she took with her phone (via Steph) that show some cool shots of the unique platform stadium, the Queens House, London, and of course.....scones at Harrods!!

Here's a link to more news info on the test event....which you can also pick up on Eventing Nation.

Enjoy the slideshow & we'll get a full report after she returns on the 11th.  Happy 4th of July!!

iPhone Slideshow

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Continue to Help Our Friends at True Prospect Farm!

Please help us continue to raise funds for the whole crew at Boyd's and True Prospect Farm!
Through the hard work & volunteer efforts of many people and many donors, we are launching the 2nd leg of the PRO/SCES online ebay auction!!

This auction features a variety of items including some great lesson packages from Buck Davidson, Ange Bean, Stephie well as several amazing vacation homes, tack, a Point Two Air Jacket, photography, art, etc.

Please continue to spread the word & support the fundraising efforts. Everyone at Windurra USA and True Prospect Farm is so appreciative of the outpouring of support from our riding community!