For all of us at Kulak Equestrian, 2010 was an amazing season! The season began in early January in Wellington, Florida with the Winter Equestrian Festival. It is an absolutely jam packed array of the world’s best horses and riders. It is continuing education at its best!! Basically, everyday you can watch Rodrigo, McLain, Beezie, Lauren Hough, Laura Kraut or the dressage specialists Steffen, Anky, Isabel and Ashley Holzer. So many great riders, hard to believe unless you come see for yourself! We all enjoy going to the show grounds for all the night classes; the Grand Prix’s, the Dressage and of course, the Hunters. If that isn’t enough, add the 6 event horses that compete regularly at the Ocala area events between our busy Wellington schedule!! There is always plenty to learn and it’s an incredible opportunity to see firsthand what it takes to be at the top.

Our hunters had a great circuit. Lora Schultz and her amazing partner Special K were nearly unbeatable in the Adult division. She was reserve champion in her division’s final WEF standings, and did that showing in only 7 of the 12 weeks! Lora and Krispy are winning machines. She has incredible focus, work ethic and has been a blast to train for the last 19 years. Oh my god, now that’s a long term relationship!!

We also showed one of Lora’s horses in the ultra competitive Junior Hunter division. Seventh Heaven won his way thru circuit, which included qualifying for the prestigious Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular. He finished 13th. What a thrill for the entire team (even the Eventers) to have a horse successfully compete in the most prestigious hunter class in the country!! For me as a trainer it was certainly one of my hunter career highlights!

Mike Schultz purchased a phenomenal new horse Ollie in early January. They have spent the season getting acquainted, and Mike is looking forward to attending some dressage shows soon with his new partner!/p>

Speaking of dressage, I took Brad Turley’s mare Gala to several dressage clinics this winter including one with Steffen Peters and Conrad Schumacher. Both were fantastic and I gained a great deal of new insight from these extraordinary horsemen.

Marilyn Heaton showed her boys Radish and Bentley with much success. She has made a great transition from the jumpers to the hunters, and is having so much fun. She is still an ardent foxhunter too, and is a fine example of a horsewoman that enjoys her horses in a variety of disciplines.

This summer the Hunters made our yearly trek to the Lake Placid Horse Show for two weeks. What an incredible place. Richard Feldman and his team host one of the finest shows in the country. Lora was champion yet again, winning 3 of 4 classes in week two. Marilyn and her boys won their share as well, and we all get to enjoy the lake and the town every night!! Pretty special!

Not to be out done, the event horses had an equally full plate and incredible success!! We got off to a cold start in January when central Florida was hit by a frigid blast of cold weather. All the horses were in shock (the riders even worse). We simply went thru the motions in the dressage and show jumping. On cross country morning everything was frozen. For the first time in my career the start was delayed so the event crew could break and remove the ice from the water jump before the course was ready!! We got thru it and vowed to never do it again, at least until next winter!!

The riders this year, Michelle Realmuto, Glenn, Natalie and Sarah Epstein, Susan Cipolla, Karri Bellamy, Rachel Kent, Michelle Chester, Dana Stanton, Haley Bowman, Corinne Ashton and myself had nothing short of an incredible year. We did 5 horse trials during the winter season with Natalie, Sarah, Michelle R and I winning at least one division each. Sarah and Natalie made winning a habit throughout the rest of the year culminating with wins for Sarah at ENYDCTA, Stuart, and the GMHA Training 3-Day. ENYDCTA, Stuart and Millbrook were the highlights for the team this summer. Every one of our riders finished in the top 3 of their divisions at ENYDCTA!! Stuart was ultra competitive. The one star horses finished 4th and 13th with me. Sarah and I each won a training division. At Millbrook we had super weather and great footing. The results were equally impressive. Natalie, Sarah, Michelle Chester and myself all won our divisions. It was a nice way to end the summer and after a brief break we began to prepare for the journey down to Carl Bouckaert’s farm for the American Eventing Championships. Natalie and Suits U (Silvio) finished 2nd in the Amateur Training division, finishing on their dressage score, with 51 competitors in the division!! I catch rode Michelle Chester’s horse Yosche Bosche in the Prelim championships to help prepare him for the move up to Intermediate.

After the AEC’s the team took a much needed break. Mrs. K and I purchased a lovely 5 yr. old TB off the Track. He’s well bred and quite an athlete. Really excited about bringing him along!

The 2011 season is now in full swing! Check back soon for updates!

~ Marcia