Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sudley Farm's XC Course is almost open!

Hay is ready to be cut 
(if it will ever stop raining)!
If this pesky rain will ever go away our cross county course will be opened for schooling very soon after! For those of us lucky enough to know Sudley Farm it's common knowledge that our beautiful cross county course and galloping fields also doubles as our hay fields. This dual purpose functionality of much of our 130 acres at Sudley Farm is testament to the numerous partnerships that have flourished at Sudley Farm over the past several years. Sudley Farm and BCE are committed to supporting our event horses and their success at every level, and as every eventer knows, nutrition is an extremely important aspect of that success.  I feel so lucky to work out of and manage Sudley Farm for it's wonderful owner, Elizabeth Bonner.

 The water complex is highly versatile and has something
for everyone with multiple drops and a large inviting bank!

The Collinson Family Partnership manages and implements the paddock seeding and fertilizing as well as the transition from the original crop fields to a lovely alfalfa/grass mix for our hay. The Collinson's work directly with the Nutrient Management Plan Program through the University of Maryland Extension branch where they receive individualized recommendations on nutrient and fertilizing applications through soil testing. The successful results of this hard work and planning is evident in our happy healthy horses who enjoy this hay year round. 

In addition to quality hay, our horses enjoy Cavalor Feed. It's important that our horses have energy, but not be crazy, and I want to thank Cavalor North America (locally distributed by Myers Grain) for perfecting this recipe and keeping our horses healthy and happy. We feed performix and pianissimo specifically, and they have done wonders for our ulcer prone horses and hard keepers. For more information don't hesitate to contact me and check out Cavalor's website which can be accessed here:

Anne Arundel County has long been in need of a world class cross county course for schooling purposes and it has been my pleasure to help provide this not only for my riders and clients but the local community in general. We have been lucky enough to employ the services of Morgan Roswell, an experienced internationally licensed course designer who has designed through advanced and internationally recognized levels. He is well known for his impressive work at Rocking Horse, New Jersey Horse Park and locally at Seneca Valley. Morgan is also brining back the event at Essex in time for the summer of 2017, so be sure to look for it on the Area II calendar next year! For more information on Morgan and all of his work and services his website can be accessed here: Morgan not only designed our course from the beginning but he routinely comes back and moves the jumps around to create different courses so there is always something different! For more information and pictures of our course country course and schooling click here: 

Our course currently boasts BN- T level jumps and combinations, and with Morgan's guidance
we plan on adding technical preliminary combinations later this summer! 
Out of respect to our farmers and footing (which is our hay!) we are diligent about protecting our footing on both the lower cross county fields and the gallop terrain. The Collinson's will be cutting hay as soon as it stops raining long enough to allow them to do so and our cross county course will be open soon after. To protect the footing and our hay the course is open by appointment only!! Please email me ( or call me (410-353-3813) to schedule an appointment. The XC schooling registration and liability forms can be found on the link to my website.

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