Kulak Equestrian had a fabulous summer season!!! Let me catch you up on the happenings …

Marcia and I started the trek home from Florida in early May, and we spent two weeks on the road before finally arriving at home! We stopped for a few days at the beautiful Fork for a visit and to XC school the young horses. Then we traveled to the Kundrun’s lovely farm in Virginia, and then up to Jackie Mars’ farm for some more XC schooling. It was great to catch up with some old friends while in Middleburg! Next, we were off to Waredaca to pick up Dangreega, a horse of Gretchen Butts’s that we have enjoyed training this summer. Finally, we made it home to New York, and after having such a good time on the way home, decided we would plan a similar circuitous route next year!

The month of June brought a few local events for the young horses including GHMA, Great Vista, and Larkin Hill. Marcia’s talented, young thoroughbred Keator’s Rift spending the winter in Wellington learning his new career as an event horse. That work over the winter paid off and he had a phenomenal first outing at GHMA, taking to cross-country like a duck to water.

Next, Marcia taught at the GHMA adult camp for the week, and then spent the next two weeks at Lake Placid with Marilyn Heaton. Marilyn rode her big gelding Bentley in the Adult Hunters and got some great ribbons and most importantly had a blast! Marcia kept busy by keeping Keator with her during the week as well as Isabeau, Vicky Koss’ eventing mare that recently came in from Idaho for some training and to get sold.

The troops came home from Lake Placid on Saturday, and Sunday brought all the eventing horses to ENYCTA for the day to get a prep run in before Stuart. Marcia won her novice with Dangreega, and placed 4th in it with Keator. She also won the PT division with Isabeau! The other horse from our barn that traveled to ENDYCTA was Black Swan, and his rider/owner Haley Bowman. She had a great ride on him and finished up 5th in her training division.

A few days later, everyone was off to Stuart, which is one of our favorite events of the summer. The Novice horses went a day ahead of the others and Susan Cipolla and her awesome horse Tres Cool won the rider novice division! Michelle Chester and her young horse Paladin placed 5th in the open novice division, and Yosha Bosche ended up 9th in the CIC1*! Dangreega moved up to training and did exceptionally well. Unfortunately he had to compete HC, because Gretchen was TD. Luckily, she got to see how much he as grown up an improved so far this summer, so that was a nice treat. Marcia got a good feel of the mare in their first big event together. She also rode Black Swan to 8th place in the training, as Haley traveled back home to Southampton for the summer./p>

Next on the calendar was Fitch’s Corner. Kulak Equestrain sent two horses there. Marcia and Isabeau were 6th in the preliminary and Susan and Tres Cool were reserve champion in the Novice Championship Division!

At Millbrook, we had a full group of people and horses. Marcia rode Keator, Isabeau, and Dangreega, who finished 3rd. I rode Black Swan to 5th place in the Training. Susan was 2nd in the Novice with her horse and Michelle C. was 6th with her young horse Paladin.

We arrived home Sunday evening, and the next morning Marcia was off to judge and teach at the GMHA Training 3 Day. I drove up later in the week with the two horses who were competing in the regular horse trails that weekend. Both were in the training and Marcia ended up 1st with Dangreega, and I was 2nd on Black Swan.

All in all, we had a great summer season. We could not have done it without the help of all the girls back home! Liz, Karri, Sadie, and of course Mrs. K did a fabulous looking after the farm. Many thanks!

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

~ Michelle R.

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