December 2022 Newsletter

December 2022

Ho Ho Ho!

Can you believe we are at the end of 2022?  How did that even happen?  However it happened, thank you for sharing 2022 with us! 

We finished the show year which ends November 30 with three shows in Katy, Texas at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.  Here are the highlights.

Harvest Horse Show:

Ellie Tapp and Jumping Jack aka JJ were Champion in the Limit Hunter Division.  They also won the Limit Equitation on the flat. 

MJ Maestas and Major Sassafras aka Majorette won a Short Stirrup Hunter over Fences.  They also won the Tellepsen Ring Warm up on Sunday.

Annabella de Leon and Chapeau jumped to a blue ribbon in the 0.95-meter jumpers

Julia Sand scored a Blue Ribbon on both Cassino Royale aka Gus and Oopsie Daisy aka Daisy in the 0.75-meter jumpers.

Sloane Wallace and Bouverie Trinity aka Bo moved up to the meters jumpers where they also scored a blue ribbon.

Victoria Johnson’s Brazos with Caroline Molther aboard won an USHJA 3’ Hunter over fences along with winning the Thursday warm up in the ESI Ring.

Autumn Classic:

Our Opportunity girls were once again showing their winning ways!

Samantha Marshall and Moves Like Jagger aka Jagger were Champion in the Walk/Trot.

Amelie Schaeffer and Sprinkles were Reserve Champion.  This was the pair’s first show together!  Elizabeth Carter and Cool’s Candy Apple aka Candy had a few top three placings in the Walk/Trot. 

Speaking of Carter girls, Laura Carter and Divide’s Freedom Spirit aka Spirit finished off a stellar partnership with a Champion Ribbon in the Large Children’s Pony Hunter Division.

Marisol Hess and Everything Is Awesome aka Lego won a Low Children’s Hunter over Fences.

Liston Johnson’s horses had a one-two finish in the 3’-3” Warm up on Wednesday with Caroline Molther aboard.  SWS Charleston aka Charley was the winner with Highmark aka Koko a close second.

Final Chase:

Georgia Carter and Gentleman Jack aka Jack made their week in Katy count.  They were Champion in the Weekend Hunters.

Delaney Husted and Small World aka Petunia were Reserve Champion in the Limit Hunter Division.

Remember December 1 starts the new show year.  Please make sure you are current in your USEF, USHJA, THJA, WCHR, NAL, WIHS, ASPCA memberships.

Congratulations to Sloane Wallace on the purchase of SWS Top Notch aka Zed.  Look for them in the Children’s Jumper ring!

Congratulations to Lilly Scarbrough on the purchase of Crown Ridge Jackson aka Jackson.

Congratulations to Samantha Marshall on the purchase of Moves Like Jagger aka Jagger.  Look for them cantering around the Opportunity Ring!

Congratulations also go out to Katherine de Zevallos on the purchase of Brazos.  Look for them at the Frost Fire Horse Show.

Emery Wuertz has joined up with Loafer’s Lodge Triple Play aka Triple for the 2023 show season.  Look for this new duo in the Opportunity Ring!

Amelia Schaeffer will Sparkle in the Opportunity Ring with her new partner, Sparkles!

Marguax Petersen has moved out of pony land to HH Indigo aka Sydney, a full-blown horse!

Elle McNair and Bada Bing Bada Blue aka Blue have joined up for the 2023 show season.  Look for them in the Medium Pony Division! 

Margot Evans has teamed up with Divide’s Freedom Spirit aka Spirit for 2023.  Look for them in the Short Stirrup Ring!

We will start the 2023 show year with Texas Winter Frost Fire at Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.  Please let us know if you would like to attend.

In January we will spend three weeks in Wellington, Florida.  If you would like to go, but have not told us yet, please contact Patty asap.  Stalls will definitely sell out at these shows.

The chiropractor will work on our horses and ponies Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7.  This should not affect riding or lessons.  Thursday, December 8 we will be giving yearly vaccinations and quarterly worming.  We will also be doing lameness exams for all the horses and ponies.  If your horse or pony gets a joint injection on Friday, December 9, they will need three (3) days off.  You will be notified if they will be getting injected.

Please join us on Sunday, December 11 for the MPH Holiday Party starting at 2 PM.  There will  be a special guest appearance sometime around 4 to 4:30 pm.   Make sure you RSVP with how many adults and children will be in your party.  Come rain or shine and come hungry!

Several people have asked me about the Holiday Gratuity.  The Holiday Gratuity is split among all the grooms.  If you feel like one groom or all the grooms have been especially helpful to you and you would like to give them something in addition, please do so.  If you are unsure who takes care of your horse, Al can help you out with that.

I have also been asked about holiday decorations for stalls.  You are welcome to decorate your stall for your holiday.  Please, no live plants such as mistletoe, poinsettias, or evergreens.  Please plan to take your decorations down no later than January 3.

Please e-mail with your holiday travel plans. 

Just a reminder to please be considerate of the people taking lessons.  Unless it is an emergency, do not interrupt a lesson by starting a conversation with the instructor or a student taking a lesson.  Please wait for the end of the lesson or the water break to speak to the person.   

December Holiday Hours

Saturday, December 24 close promptly at 12 P.M.

Sunday, December 25 Closed

Tuesday, December 27 thru Friday, December 30 we will close promptly at 5P.M.

Saturday, December 31 close promptly at 12 P.M.

Sunday, January 1 Closed

Happy Holidays!



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