December 2023 Newsletter

Happy Holidays!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Holiday Party, Sunday, December 10 starting at 2:00.  Bring your appetite but please do not bring your dogs.  We expect a special guest to arrive approximately at 4-4:30 depending on sled conditions.

November was a busy show month for us.  We spent the first three weeks of November competing at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.  Here are some of the highlights.


MPH had a clean sweep in the Short Stirrup Division.  Katherine De Zevallos  and Brazos were Champion.  Margot Evans and Divides Freedom Spirit aka Spirit were Reserve Champion.

Samantha Marshall and Moves Like Jagger aka Jagger were Reserve Champion in the 18” Opportunity Division.

Emalyn Bilski and Lillie Lyn aka Lillie were Reserve Champion in the Walk/Trot Division.

Katherine’s Brazos was also Reserve Champion in the 2’3” USHJA Hunters with Caroline Molther in the irons.

Caroline also had two blue ribbon rounds in the jumpers with Bouverie Trinity and Chine Van’t Schanshof Z

Ellie Tapp and Cordoba Z won the Saturday Warm Up.

Honorable Mention, Liston Johnson had a third place finish in her first Low Children’s Jumper Classic on Chine!

Autumn Classic

Hannah Cai and Charm Your Sox Off  aka Kermit were Champion in the Walk/Trot Division.  Two fun facts about this duo; this was there first show together and they won all their classes!  Look for them in the X-Rails in 2024!

Elle McNear and Caracalla aka Boston were Reserve Champion in the Pre Children’s.  Boston was also Champion in the USHJA 2’9” Hunters with Caroline Molther in the irons.

Liston Johnson and Chine Van’t Schanshof Z aka Chine were Reserve Champion in the Low Children’s Jumpers.  Liston won the Junior Equitation on the flat on Cassandra.

MJ Maestas and Clint One aka Uno were Reserve Champion in the Low Children’s Hunters.

Margot Evans and Divide’s Freedom Spirit aka Spirit made their last show together count.  They were Reserve Champion in the Short Stirrup.

Marisol Hess and Everything Is Awesome aka Lego won the younger Children’s Hunter under Saddle.  Look for this pair to be moving up into the 3’3” Juniors.

Final Chase

Liston Johnson and Highmark made their last show together a great one. They were Champion in the Younger Children’s Hunters along with being second in the Classic.  Liston also won a Children’s Equitation over Fences with Cassandra .

Ellie Tapp and Cordoba Z aka Cinco were Champion in the Low Children’s Hunters.  Look for them in the Children’s Hunters in 2024!

Annabel Grefe’s Sorry Not Sorry aka Nacho was Champion in the USHJA 2’3” Hunters with Sky Bandini Gondron in the irons.  Annabel and Nacho also won their Children’s Pony under saddle class together.

Dana Malin’s Happier Than Ever aka Eli was double Reserve Champion with Caroline.  Eli and Caroline were Champion in the GSEC 2’9” Hunters and the USHJA 3’ Hunters.  Now that Dana is on winter break from SCAD she will be taking the reins back on Eli.

Katherine DeZevallos and Brazos were Reserve Champion in the Short Stirrup.

MJ Maestas and Clint One aka Uno had another winning trip in the Low Children’s Hunters.  MJ and SWS Charleston aka Charlie also won a class.  The pair put in a winning round in the Pre Children’s Hunters.  Look for MJ in the 3’ rings in 2024!

Delaney Husted and Small World aka Petunia won the Modified Children’s Equitation over Fences.

We had three riders compete in the THJA Modified Children’s Equitation Finals.  These riders qualified to participate in this class by earning points throughout the year.  All three of our riders came home with a ribbon!


Delaney Husted


MJ Maestas


Ellie Tapp

I am so proud of all our riders, they excelled in the Equitation, Hunters and Jumper rings.

And just like that another show year draws to a close!  Please remember to join all appropriate organizations for 2024.  If you are not sure which associations you need to join contact Patty.

Last call for anyone wanting to go to WEF in January.  Please let Patty know if you have not already done so.  Also please let us know if you are planning to do Frost Fire in Katy, December 14-17.

Wishing Margot Evans the best of luck with her new ride, Bada Bing Bada Blue aka Blue.  Look for them in the Children’s Pony Hunters.

Look for Amalie Schaeffer and her new partner Divide’s Freedom Spirit aka Spirt in the Short Stirrup Division in 2024.

A big Happy Birthday to our two December Birthdays.

Amelie Schaeffer

Sahana Parasher

Worming and vaccinations  will be Tuesday, December 19.  The barn will close at noon. We will begin yearly teeth floating in January. 

I am often asked about Holiday gifts for the staff.  As you  saw on your November statement you were charged a Holiday gratuity that will be split among the guys.  If you would like to give more or a special gift to all or some of them you certainly can. 

Holiday Hours

December 22, Friday……Close at 1

December 24, Sunday……Closed

December 25, Monday…  Closed

December 29, Friday………Close at 1

December 31, Sunday…….Closed

January 1, Monday…………Closed

Please let us know your travel plans for the  holidays.  This allows us to better care for your horse or pony.  It also allows us to schedule lessons.

Happy New Year!



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