Sunday, April 24, 2016

BCE Welcomes the Infamous Dewey Square to Sudley Farm!

Blue Clover Eventing couldn't be more excited to announce the arrival of Dewey Square at Sudley Farm. Dewey Square, who is on a mission to prove just how versatile and well rounded thoroughbreds are for multiple different disciplines, started his first career as an acclaimed race horse. Bred by Siena Farm (a first class boutique race horse breeding facility in Paris, Kentucky) Dewey Square is the son of Bernardini out of the multiple stakes winning mare Somethinaboutbetty (by Forestry). From the beginning it was clear that Dewey was a force to be reckoned with, winning his first 2 races by huge margins. There was even whispering of Derby potential. Dewey first started developing his huge fan base on the track, thanks much in part to his Facebook page.
Dewey Square winning hearts and turning heads on the track
As it turned out, Dewey was not destined to win the Derby and instead of sending him to claims races, Siena Farm decided to bring Dewey home. Instead Dewey would start a second career in the hunter/jumper arena with 14 year old Isabela de Sousa. Dewey and Isabela learned together and developed an inspiring partnership as they competed in the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover- winning the 2015 RRHP jumpers division and placing very well in the hunters. 
Dewey and Isabela competing in the Thoroughbred Makeover

Now, at just 6 years old, Dewey is beginning yet another adventure, proving once again just how versatile this thoroughbred is. Dewey has joined his new owner, Nicholas D'Amore, (grandson of owner/breeder Anthony Manganaro) to begin his eventing career in Maryland. Even though we have only had Dewey for hardly a week his potential and raw athleticism are undeniable. 

Dewey showing off his lovely gaits at Sudley Farm
I am so excited to bring this horse along and help Nick develop a relationship with him. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Nick to have the first green horse he has worked with be such a talented and kind one. Dewey may be a fierce competitor but he his also super classy and kind to handle and work with. Everything about this horse screams Four Star Superstar and I expect that that thanks to all of the people who have worked so hard on this horse in the past that he will advance through the levels quickly! Stay tuned to hear about all of Dewey's progress and events this season- we can't wait for him to make his debut as an event horse!
We can't wait to see what the future will bring for Nick and Dewey Square!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

BCE is back from Aiken and ready to get this summer started!

After another exciting and non-stop winter in Aiken, Blue Clover Eventing is back home in Maryland at our lovely Sudley Farm and reminded of how lucky we are to work out of such a phenomenal facility!!
The lurchers are definitely happy to be home so they can do some ground hog hunting :)
Our last stop on the way home from Aiken was The Fork where Alex and Willie Wiggins made their big debut at their first CIC 1*, and placed just outside the top 10- I couldn’t be more proud of these 2 and how far they have come! Cary Chavis also deserves huge congratulations on his second successful trip around the red squares with Game On, his amazing 6 year old sport horse.  I can’t say enough about Cary and Game On- they are such a great partnership and have endless possibly together. They are gearing up for their first 2* together at Fair Hill next weekend which is especially impressive given how young Bo is and how quickly they have advanced!! Meanwhile, Cary is also building a successful relationship with his newer horse, Game On, as they compete at Prelim.

Poe and Fing also had a triumphant winter in Aiken as they cleaned up at the lower levels everywhere they went! Nick and George continue to build confidence together at Training level; they had a great run around Carolina International in March!

Alex and Willie Wiggins looking confident as they jump out of the water at The Fork CCI 1*!

Meanwhile back at Sudley Farm, our amazing barn manager, Tyler, seamlessly managed our transition from Aiken, to the Fork and then finally back home at Sudley Farm and has things put together and running smoothly as we gear up for a busy spring/summer season. We have several new additions to the BCE family including Tayler and her very cool 17 hand OTTB, Admiral, who I think will be running around the upper levels in no time! Savannah and Logan have also started riding with BCE on their lovely OTTBs, Fuhr and Forty, who have tons of potential to do great things!

Admiral checking himself out for the first time in the mirrors of our beautiful indoor arena!

As we gear up for the summer 2016 event season I am reminded of all of the things I have to be thankful for- such amazing horses to work with everyday, Tyler and Amanda keeping the program running smoothly, and outstanding and supportive clients. I’m hoping that in the next couple of weeks I have one more big thing to be thankful for, stay tuned for what I hope will be a big announcement!