Debbie Blake and "Toby" came away from the Pine HiIl GHCTA schooling horse trial Feb. 18th with a First in Novice!  scoring a 31.9 in Dressage and with a clean stadium and Cross country run! Great job! 

Twinwood was very well represented at the 2018 Greater Houston Combined Training Association Awards Banquet on January 20. The following awards were won by Twinwood boarders and/or clients of Nikki Taylor Smith: Novice Senior Champion, Laura Bolerjack & Talisman, Beginner Novice Senior 6th place, Debbie Blake & Braveheart; Beginner Novice Junior Champion, Erin Roane & Beau Tie; Beginner Novice Junior Reserve Champion, Gabriela Ortiz & Primary Details, Green as Grass Senior Champion, Maria Balch & Solana. The following USEA Recognized Show Awards were also won: Novice Senior Champion, Laura Bolerjack & Talisman; Novice Junior Champion, Mackenzie Lea & The Man in Black; Beginner Novice Senior 3rd place, Debbie Blake & Braveheart; and Beginner Novice Junior Champion, Erin Roane & Beau Tie. Beau Tie was also awarded GHCTA Horse of the Year. We are so proud of our Twinwood family and look forward to another successful show season!

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Ida Mattisson had wonderful rides on Edison and Elithan at the Jeremy Steinberg Clinic, October 28th. 

Almero competed in his first show ever on October 22 at Haras Dos Caveleiros, winning a blue ribbon!  He won his Second level, Test 1 class with a 66%. He is owned by Theresa Stefanidis and ridden by Ida Mattisson.

Congratulations to Debbie Blake and Santana for coming in fourth in their division at the USEA Pine Hill show on October 21st. The pair scored 30.7 in dressage and went clean in stadium and cross country!

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Gabby Ortiz and Primary Details competed at Novice level for the first time at the High Point Farm show on October 14th. The pair won second place with a dressage score of 27.3. Congratulations!!

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Twinwood had a very successful showing at the GAIG/SWDC Region 9 Championships! Some highlights include: Edison van Twinwood, owned by Twinwood and ridden by Ida Mattisson, won both the Second and Third Level GAIG Championships and was awarded Open High Point Champion. Heaven Sent, owned by Debbie Shamban and ridden by Ida Mattisson, won the SWDC  Third Level Open Championship, and Elithan, owned and ridden by Sarah Isham, came in 3rd in the GAIG AA Championship class. It was a great week for all our riders and much fun was had by all!

CANCELLED Fall Schooling Show September 23

Judge: Diane Rochau

Due to the effect of Hurricane Harvey on or surrounding community and horse friends, we have cancelled our fall schooling show.  We apologize to the few folks who are wanting to show right now; however, most of our competitors are focused on recovering from the storm.  Stay tuned for news on our spring show in 2018!

 

 

Riding in the Heat 

It is finally feeling like summer, and that means it’s time to become mindful of the weather when you ride.  Horses are made to generate and retain heat, not dissipate it.  On very hot days, and particularly on hot and humid days, a horse can produce more heat than he can sweat away.   There is a guideline that tells us when it’s too hot to ride: 

temperature + humidity (%) – wind speed (mph). 

If the total is under 130, mount up and don’t worry. 
Between 130 and 179, use caution and pay attention to your…

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HDS Summer Show I and II

Nikki Taylor-Smith horses and/or clients

Jessica Fan

Second Level - 3 (Eli, owner Nikki Taylor-Smith) 62.317 - 1st

Third Level - 1 (Sheriff, owner Kerry Bruce) 63.485 - 1st

Third Level - 3 (Eli, owner Nikki Taylor-Smith) 63.077 - 1st

Third Level - 1 (Sheriff, owner Kerry Bruce) 65.909 - 1st

Third Level - 3 (Eli, owner Nikki Taylor-Smith) 70.769 - 1st

Maria Balch

Training Level - 1 (Solana) 68.043 - 1st

Training Level -3 (Solana) 65.909 - 2nd

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Texas Rose Horse Trial May 12-14

Open Preliminary: *Mary May 37.10 (8th Dressage) 8th Overall

Jnr Training Rider: Courtney Bloom 33.8 (9th Dressage) 5th Overall

Snr Training: *Stephanie Reimers (Eliminated) - horse got creative in dressage and stepped outside of arena (oops!)

Jnr Novice: +*Mackenzie Lea 35.4 (7th Dressage) 4th Overall

Snr Novice: *Laura Bolerjack 27.2 (1st Dressage) 4th Overall, +*Kirsty Steele 29.4 (3rd Dressage) 10th Overall

Open Beg. Novice: +*Terri Miller 38.7 (8th Dressage) 6th Overall

Snr Beg. Novice: *Debbie Blake 32.4 (5th Dressage) 8th Overall

*Nikki Taylor-Smith clients

+Qualified for the American Eventing Championships

Terri Miller and Miller

Terri Miller and Miller

Shoofly Farms CDI/Spring Show Results April 2017

Ida Mattisson and Clients

Sarah Isham and Elithan, SECOND LEVEL, TEST 3; AA 2nd Place 67.805% (Fri)

Sarah Isham and Elithan, THIRD LEVEL, TEST 3; AA 2nd Place 65.128% (Fri)

Sarah Isham and Elithan, THIRD LEVEL, TEST; AA 1st Place 73.59% (Sat)

Sarah Isham and Elithan, THIRD LEVEL, TEST 3; AA 1st Place 68.462% (Sun)


Ida Mattisson and Edison Van Twinwood, SECOND LEVEL, TEST 3; Open 1st Place 73.415% (Fri)

Ida Mattisson and Edison Van Twinwood, SECOND LEVEL, TEST 3; Open 2nd Place 70.128% (Sat)

Ida Mattisson and Edison Van Twinwood, THIRD LEVEL, TEST 3; Open 2nd Place 70.256% (Sun)


Jessica Fan and WooHoo, 2015 USEF FOURTH LEVEL, TEST 1; JR/YR 1st Place 68.108% (Fri)

Jessica Fan and WooHoo, THIRD LEVEL, TEST 3; JR/YR 1st Place 65.333% (Sat)

Jessica Fan and WooHoo, FOURTH LEVEL, TEST 1; JR/YR 2nd Place 59.324% (Sun)

 

Kathy Campbell and Allegro, FEI PRIX ST. GEORGES; AA 3rd Place 58.428% (Fri)

Kathy Campbell and Allegro, FEI PRIX ST. GEORGES; AA 5th Place 62.368% (Sun)

 

Theresa Stefanidis and Verdi, FEI INTERMEDIATE I; AA 2nd Place 62.105% (Fri)

Theresa Stefanidis and Verdi, FEI INTERMEDIATE I; AA 3rd Place 60.526% (Sun)

 

Tiffany Patterson and Rock Solid, TRAINING LEVEL, TEST 1; AA 2nd Place 65.652% (Sat)

Tiffany Patterson and Rock Solid, TRAINING LEVEL, TEST 3; AA 6th Place 61.364% (Sat)

 

Nikki Taylor-Smith Clients

Jessica Fan and Elewaard (owner Nikki Taylor-Smith), SECOND LEVEL, TEST 3; JR/YR 1st Place 69.024% (Fri)

Jessica Fan and Elewaard (owner Nikki Taylor-Smith), SECOND LEVEL, TEST 3; JR/YR 2nd Place 60.0% (Sat)

 

Cheryl Carter and Lula May, THIRD LEVEL, TEST 2; AA 1st Place 63.33% (Fri)

Cheryl Carter and Lula May, THIRD LEVEL, TEST 2; AA 1st Place 63.205% (Sat)

 

Maria Balch and Solana WCF, TRAINING LEVEL, TEST 1; AA 2nd Place 63.696% (Fri)

Maria Balch and Solana WCF, TRAINING LEVEL, TEST 3; AA 3rd Place 59.545% (Fri)

Maria Balch and Solana WCF, TRAINING LEVEL, TEST 1; AA 1st Place 66.957% (Sat)

Maria Balch and Solana WCF, TRAINING LEVEL, TEST 3; AA 7th Place 60.909% (Sat)

 

Emily Heather and Will Scarlett (owner Susan Heather), TRAINING LEVEL, TEST 3; AA 5th Place 58.182% (Fri)

Emily Heather and Will Scarlett (owner Susan Heather), TRAINING LEVEL, TEST 3; AA 2nd Place 66.818% (Sat)

Theresa Stefanidis on Verdi

Theresa Stefanidis on Verdi

March 25 Twinwood Dressage Schooling Show 

Thanks to all our competitors and VOLUNTEERS for making this show so much fun.  Final scores and placings are in the attachment below.  Thanks ot everyone who found a treasure in the silent auction. We raised $584.00 for March of Dimes.  

Mark your calendars for September 23, our fall show!
Emerald Dressage Show Results 

March 4-5, 2017

Nikki Taylor-Smith Clients:

Maria Balch on Solana
Training 1    69.565% 1st (High Point Amateur Champion)
Training 3    64.773% 2nd
Training 3    67.5% 1st

Lynn Zimmerman on Van Bremmen
First 3    61.176% 5th
First 3    61.176% 5th


Ida Mattisson Clients:

Rock Me Amadeus (Brandye Randerman, owner, Ida, rider)

First 3      71% 2nd (Reserve High Score Champion)

Xhilaration HF (Brandye Randerman, owner, Ida, rider)
Second 3   69.7%  1st

Jessica Fan on Woohoo
Third 3       68.8 %   1st  (Junior High Score Champion)

Fourth 1     66.7%    1st
Third 3       69%       1st
Fourth 1     71%       1st  (Junior High Score Champion)
 

Greater Houston Combined Training Association Annual Awards

Twinwood had a great time at the annual GHCTA Award Banquet February 6, 2017.  More than twenty folks made up the TWEC party, there to cheer on our award winners: Courtney Bloom, Laura Bolerjack*, Kira Diaz-Tushman*, Kayce Douglass’ Pappy (ridden by Kirsty Steel*), Molly Humes*, Mackenzie Lea*, Terri Miller*, Gabrielle Ortiz, and Stephanie Reimers* (a * denotes Nikki Taylor-Smith dressage student). Twinwood riders and horses received recognition for success at both schooling shows and recognized shows, taking home 11 year-end awards!  And we stole the show on the dance floor, too...
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Past 2017 Clinics

Carly Taylor Smith Clinic May 20-21

Carly is a gold medalist based out of California. She has worked for Jan Ebeling, and currently rides with Charlotte Dujardin. Carly will be competing her very successful Rosalut HF on the Small Tour and at PSG this year.  Lessons only $120. Contact Nikki Taylor Smith to reserve a slot. 

Sabine Schut-Kery Cinic Feb. 25-26

Sabine Schut-Kery is a German-born and educated Grand Prix rider and trainer with 27 years' experience. She represented the US in Europe and the Pan Am games in 2015.  Over her long career, Mrs. Schut-Kery has successfully trained multiple horses from training level to Grand Prix and worked with riders of all levels

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