Who says Christmas doesn’t come early? I recently received
a delightful email inquiring about our posting for a working
student. Having interviewed several applicants over the last
few months and come up short each time, I was skeptical but
intrigued. Our first meeting was extremely pleasant, and I am
now proud and honored to welcome Terumi LaGuardia to Brydelle
Terumi is a wife, mother of 3 daughters, and a teacher at a
local elementary school. After several long years away from
riding, she has found her way back to horses... lucky for me!
I am looking forward to an excellent new year with Terumi
as a part of the Brydelle Farm team.
I traveled to MO in early November to visit with much of my
family. I love the drive, particularly through the rolling,
green hills of KY. Seeing all the magnificently beautiful horse
farms made me long to be home riding.
I am glad to be home and preparing for the holidays. I continued
to work my training horses for shows early this coming year.
This past year has been tough on the horse market so I am
looking forward to getting an early and fresh start in 2005.
It's been a long time without any news and updates from around
the farm... Sadly, due to the devastating and unexpected loss
of a loved one in my husband's family, we have been traveling
quite a bit recently to be spend time with family and friends
during this very trying, difficult, and confusing time.
A special thanks to Deborah and Trevor Ball with Tails
of Gloucester for taking such excellent and loving care
of our dogs, horses and farm during our travels. Knowing you
were there watching over everyone, gave us one less worry in
our hearts during this complicated time. We won’t have
been able to be with our family as much without your help.
We are still looking for a working student. Please click here
With summer here, a few of my past students have been checking
in with me as they finish their freshman year of college. They
have each made their varsity equestrian teams and have greatly
contributed to their respective teams' excellent standings both
regionally and nationally. Way to go girls and keep up the great
work. There were never any doubts that each of you would do
Time flies when you're having fun, and May had flown by extraordinarily
quickly. Invigorated by the George Morris Clinic in April,
I've kept myself and the horses very busy at the farm and
at local schooling shows.
Unfortunately, Jocelyn, our working student, has decided to
move on due to her ever-increasing desire to make the jump into
the eventing world. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.
As a result, Brydelle Farm now has a working student opening.
If interested, please click here to learn more.
Spring is definitely in full swing and we are weeding, planting,
and watering accordingly. Brydelle farm was quite overgrown
when it was purchase four years ago, so spring typically brings
changes to the landscape, including cleared trees, new landscaping,
and fresh flowers.
Between the April showers, I was able to take a few of the youngsters
to some local schooling shows. This is the time of year when
the younger horses are just getting their feet “wet”,
both literally and figuratively. Jocelyn and I also went to
Pan Park where we enjoyed taking Wendy and
Glee out on the expansive cross country course.
It was a bit soggy but they did very well.
The biggest highlight of April was the George Morris Clinic
which I attended just outside Chicago, Illinois at Canterbury
Farm. It was FABULOUS!!!! Mr. Morris is truly amazing and
inspiring. His tried and true philosophies of teaching and training
both horse and rider are everlasting and time transcending.
I would like to offer a special thanks to the entire staff of
Farm, particularly Diane Carney and Greg Franklin, for hosting
such a superb clinic. The style and manner in which the clinic
was cunducted were outstanding. I'm hoping to type my 30+ pages
of notes and post them here, so please check back.
I am very excited to announce that I will be attending the
George Morris Instructors’ Clinic next month outside
of Chicago for three days. It has been over 10 years since
George Morris has offered an instructors’ clinic. Check
back next month for a update.
With spring upon us, the farm is very busy with spring-cleaning,
landscaping, and horse showing. We have also had several new
additions to our farm, most notably our working student, Jocelyn
Burls. Jocelyn is currently studying at a local college. She
has years of experience in the saddle and recently spent time
as a working student at a large eventing barn in Maryland.
She is a welcomed addition and we look forward to a successful
Our website was officially launched this month and has been
a wonderful success. Much of it owed to my wonderful, talented
husband, Bryan. He is the creative genius behind the design
and layout. I would also like to thank everyone who has offered