Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Everyone at Rolling Acres would like to take a moment to wish our clients and friends a very Happy New Year! We are thankful for another successful year at the farm and all of the continued support our wonderful clients give. We are looking forward to another great year in 2015! 

Also we want to wish safe travels to everyone heading down south to Florida on Saturday, the 3rd! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Updates from Rolling Acres!

Good afternoon everyone,

The Holiday Barn party was a big success!  Special thanks to Sheryl and her family for hosting everyone and having such a wonderful time! And a reminder that the barn will be closed on Christmas Day so that our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families.  Horses will be taken care of by the Nicholson crew.

Also, the Rolling Acres team heads down south to the warmer weather on January 3rd. We wish them safe travels and best of luck for the start of their 2015 competition season.  We will be back here in Maryland, GREEN with envy!

With that being said, we wish Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to everyone and their families!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congratulations are in order!

Good Morning Everyone!

Today we want to send congratulations to Brittany Hector for her purchase of Quintana 26! We couldn't be more excited for this new pair, and wish them all the best together in the show ring.
Pictured in the photo: Quintana 26 and rider Brianna Sims

We also have other talented horses for sale!  Check out this week's featured horse for sale: Escape!

Escape is an 11-year-old, 16.2 hand  dark bay Warmblood mare. She is one talented jumper with tons of scope. Escape is a solid 1.30 meter jumper and is consistently in the ribbons in the Meter 130-140 classes from Ocala, FL to Vermont! Don't pass up on this pretty girl! Contact Patty Foster at 301.461.7159, or rollingacrespatty@gmail.com for more information. 

Also, this past Sunday Goshen Hunt was at the farm. We always enjoy having them and seeing everyone in their hunting attire! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekly Show Results Are In!

Good Morning,

Here are the results from this past weekend at  McDonough Horse Show! (Sorry, no photos this week)

-Cartagena BD and Kirsten Pollin were Adult Amateur 36/over Champions
-Cruz Bay and Cate Black were Large Children's Pony Champions
-FaceTime and Mekenna Scott were Short Stirrup Champions

-Cartagena BD and Kirsten Pollin were 6th in the NAL/Wihs Adult Classic
-Sgt. Pepper and Connie McRill were 7th in the NAL/Wihs Adult Classic
-Ufonia P. and Ashley Schoen were 8th in the NAL/Wihs Adult Classic

Way to go everyone!!

Also, we have to send a special congratulations to Ashley! She was recognized as The National Collegiate Equestrian Association Rider of the month over fences and the SEC Equestrian Rider of the Month!

On Tuesday, they announced their November Riders of the Month, as determined by the NCEA selection committee and honoring standout performances from the third month of the collegiate equestrian season.

Here is another article if you want to read more! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Whiskey Blue FOR SALE

Good morning!

Since today in Maryland is a grey sky day, we thought this week's feature horse for sale would be another grey (except a much prettier one!) Whiskey Blue is a handsome 9-year-old, dappled grey gelding for sale. He has been ridden consistently in the 3'6 Hunters, and has won several times with Ashley, Dana and other riders.  Don't miss out on this talented horse!

If you are interested in Whiskey Blue, please contact Patty today! You can reach her at: 301.461.7159, or rollingacrespatty@gmail.com.

We also want to share this press release from the Mid Atlantic Equitation Festival which features many quotes and information on Rolling Acres riders and horses!

2014 Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival 
presented by Stübben North America
Celebrates Tradition Through Teamwork

Upper Marlboro, MD (November 24, 2014) Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival judges Fran Dotoli and Scott Hofstetter praised the caliber of horses, riders and training at the third annual championships, modeled by co-chairs Mary Beebee and Ellen Shevella in the tradition of the New England Equitation Championships and presented by Stübben North America at The Show Place Arena, November 14-16, in Upper Marlboro, MD.

"It was a great event that highlighted the importance of equitation in an area with deep hunter/jumper tradition," said Dotoli, of Chepachet, RI, an 'R' USEF judge and trainer of equitation and hunter national champions for three decades. "We hope our judging helped guide riders to note what we reward: a good two-point seat, a soft release and overall effectiveness."

"I was really impressed with the quality of horses and ponies," said Hofstetter, of Ocala, FL, whose 1986 ASPCA Maclay Finals win helped launch a career as a leading rider at Capital Challenge, Devon and Washington, conducting USEF Judges Clinics and Trainer Certification Programs and a seat on the USHJA Judges Committee. "We saw a show celebrating the equitation finals tradition through a major indoor event, while encouraging and teaching riders that they didn't have to be 'perfect' and could learn from a second round. That's great."

Over its newly extended, three-day program, the USHJA Member's Choice Award-winning show saw youthful partnerships end and begin, a runway model and ex-eventing prospect prove models of perfection, a teen title winner at her first-ever Maryland show, an American Thoroughbred win a second consecutive Jockey Club TIP award and the Saturday night debut of a Team Costume Class that delivered, Shevella affirmed, "A rollicking good time."

Closing a nearly four-year career together were Young Riders Champions for the Laura Pickett Memorial Trophy, Mary Elizabeth Cordia, 16, of Alexandria VA, and 12 year-old gelding, Welcome (aka Clover): "I owe my success to his taking care of me." Cordia went home with a new Stübben saddle of her choice and Welcome - who came from Ginny Edwards as a Children's hunter -- will now "take care of" trainer Jenny Graham's son. Reserve were Sabrina Yekta, of Chester NJ, who trains with Ashley DiBongrazio Pankow at Redfield Farm, on Empire.

Christine Manske Lies, owner of Rintoo, ridden by Katie Kranking to Best Equitation Horse, Highest Score Finalist and Adult Rider Awards confessed, "When it comes to gratitude, I start at thank you, Charlotte Williams, for suggesting I entrust 'Vinnie' to Patty, Mary Lisa and Pam Saul, who entrusted him to Katie. When you buy a horse you have so many dreams and they include a victory gallop like this. He was born for the spotlight, we just had to find the right one."

Patty Nicholson Foster, a two-time MAEF Leading Trainer Award winner, said the 10 year-old Canadian Sporthorse gelding came to Rolling Acres Show Stables in Brookeville, MD, from an Ohio three-day barn as a lease/sales prospect: "He didn't like that job but turned into a great equitation horse."

"Vinnie is special. This was only our second show. He's smooth, adjustable and will jump anything," said Kranking, a Wilhelmina Agency model whose winning style with Rintoo began in Friday's Marshall & Sterling Adult Medal 3' and culminated in the Adult Rider Championship for the Gary Zook Memorial Trophy and saddle of choice from Stübben North America. "We love Stübben at Rolling Acres so the saddle is awesome."

Rolling Acres also had Flat Medal Finals champions in Brianna Sims, of Bowie, MD, and Clear Cove. Sims had the dual pleasure of accepting her trophy (and Huntley Classic bridle) while learning of her acceptance to the NCEA program at Texas A&M University (where 2013 MAEF Young Rider Champion, Kristen Mohr, studies).

MAEF Adult Rider Reserve Champions were Matthew Lowe and Redfield's Carebryere. The 2008 VHSA and MHSA Adult Medal Finals reserve champion called his return to Upper Marlboro "good to be back on home turf." (So good that Lowe's first lesson on Emil Spadone's hunter had only been four days before winning their MAEF tricolor!)

Strong rides like Lowe's led to High Score Barn and $1,000 Leading Trainer Awards for Redfield Farm of Califon, NJ, and trainer Ashley DiBongrazio Pankow, who also won the inaugural Trainer Congeniality Award and trunk from CustomTackTrunk.com.

"The test was the best part," said Morgan van Nortwick, of Leesburg, VA, the Novice Rider Champion for the Ross Reisner Memorial Trophy on Sara George's senior mare, Serenity. The sixth-grader won her first custom boot fitting, courtesy of Roxane Mosley-Ginsburg of PommeNewYork.com, for her victor's pair of DeNiro talls, plus a Classic bridle from HuntleyEquestrian.com. Winter Hill Farm trainer Tom Brennan praised his pair: "They help each other out whenever they can." Reserve went to high school freshman Hayden Wilkes, of Shamong, NJ, on the solid Winslow Park for trainer Carolyn Desfor.

The Team Costume Class, featuring a Parade of Teams and unofficial "bribing" of judges, drew 39 creatively-appointed competitors for Charlottesville, VA, designer George Heston's course, rousing laughter and cheers with each musical round, courtesy of announcer Kenn Marash. Flower Power Hippies, coached by Kelsi Okun and composed of Selman, Cordia and Devan Graham, had Peace, Love and Happiness (and the victory gallop); second were Bumble Bees Elizabeth Van Nostrand, Sabrina Yekta, Sabrina Mercadante with coach Tracy La Manna.

Graham, of Chevy Chase, MD, had been riding Don Stewart's bay (better known as Bruno Mars) just two weeks before posting a high score of 90 for her tie-dyed team and credited "trust" in the gelding for their additional wins in the ASPCA Maclay, Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal and VHSA Hunt Seat Medal.

Sierra Fuentress of Owings Mills, MD, who trains with The McDonogh School and rode Guess Again for owner Lyn Pederson, earned the Sportsmanship Award and Donna Vale Memorial Trophy. Explained Shevella, "The Sportsmanship Award is voted by riders, trainers and peers. Many lovely ballot comments indicated Sierra was a deserving honoree. Runner-up was the always-cheerful Omar Del Valle."

For a second consecutive year, Lansdowne, VA high school sophomore Mali Selman, who trains with Jonelle Mullen and TuDane Farm, accepted The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) Award for American Thoroughbred, Man of Steel, while sophomore Morgan Giordano of Jacobstown, NJ, and Magnanimous, making their Maryland show ring debut, rode away with the Owner High Score Thoroughbred Award.

Sunday's College Meet and Greet Brunch delivered great food and networking with representatives of NCEA and Bridgewater, Centenary, Converse, Delaware Valley, Goucher, Randolph and Sweet Briar Colleges. MAEF presented a $1500 Maryland Practical Horsemanship Scholarship to Cary Hundley, who trains with James Prettyman and rode Beste Intentions, and a $1000 Maryland Horsemanship Scholarship (supported by a grant from the Maryland Horse Industry Board) went to Mary Podgovak-Miller, a self-trained rider from Salisbury, NC, who rode Luxus. A silent auction benefiting the MAEF Scholarship Fund was overseen by volunteers Joanne Riley, a NY-based designer with The Interior Edge, and Michael Mulligan of Merrill Lynch.

"What a great success this show has become," remarked a friend of Pankow's shortly after the Redfield Farm trainer accepted her awards. Every year, more equitation barns and trainers come to MAEF for its signature relaxed -- and rewarding -- format.

"Trainers are already telling us they want to bring more horses and riders next year," said Shevella, who assures that she and Beebee, will "be ready."

For complete results and more visit  midatlanticeq.com.

L A Pomeroy

Monday, November 24, 2014

Horse of the Week: Rintoo, 9-year-old Canadian Warmblood Gelding FOR SALE

Hi everyone!

With this little break in between show season and moving south for the winter, we thought now would be a great time to really highlight all the wonderful horses we have for sale or lease at the farm. So, for the next few weeks we will highlight a different horse here on the blog!

Up first is Rintoo!  Rintoo is a 9-year-old, bay Canadian Warmblood gelding standing around 16.3h. Rintoo is best suited as an Equitation Horse and/or a Children's/Adult Hunter.

Recently, Rintoo won Best Equitation Horse at the Show at the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival and his rider, Katie was Champion in the Adult Eq., won the Adult Rider Championship, won the M&S Adult Medal, was 3rd in the Ariat Adult Medal and was the Highest Scoring Finalist at the show.

Here is video of his winning round:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpGbBmAMl9I

If you are interested in Rintoo, please contact Patty Foster, at 301.461.7159, or rollingacrespatty@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekly Show Results from the Mid Atlantic Equitation Festival

This past weekend many of our riders were at the Mid Atlantic Equitation Festival held in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. 

And now for the results:
-Hanna Powers riding Axtrex was Champion in the Equitation 15-17 division.

-Brianna Sims riding Clear Cove was Reserve Champion in the Equitation 15-17 division, 3rd in the THIS Medal and she won the Flat Championship.

-Emmy Middleton riding McGwire was Reserve Champion in the Novice Equitation, 7th in the Novice Rider Championship and 6th in the M&S Children's Medal class.

-Katie Kranking riding Rintoo was Champion in the Adult Equitation, won the Adult Rider Championship, won the M&S Adult Medal, and was 3rd in the Ariat Adult Medal. Katie was also the highest scoring finalist, and Rintoo won Best Equitation Horse at the show! 

-Margot Sanger-Katz riding Lanzerotte was 6th in the Adult Rider Championship and 7th in the Ariat Adult Medal class.

-Bernadette Coyle riding Lorca De Caryan was 2nd in the THIS Medal class.

-Brianna Sims, Hanna Powers, and Bernadette Coyle were 3rd in the Team Competition riding as 
"Girls On Fire"!!

  From left to right:  Brianna Sims, Hanna Powers, Alexis Mozeleski, Bernadette Coyle and Emmy Middleton.  This was for a costume class at the show.  You can tell the team spirit is alive and well at Rolling Acres!  


With the end of the 2014 season, comes the realization that the Florida Show Circuit is just around the corner!  You can imagine that it takes us quite a bit of work to get all the pieces in place.  It takes a village – takes on a new meaning! Stay tuned to find out more and follow the team as they head down south! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Show Results

Hello Everyone!

The results from the Duke Benefit Horse Show in Raleigh, NC:

-Hallelujah and Cate Black were Large Pony Hunter Champions and 5th in the Pony Hunter Classic

-Arvakur and Kiana Fiore were 2nd in the NAL Children's Jumper Classic and Children's Jumper
Reserve Champions

-Wassandra G and Hanna Powers were 6th in the NAL Children's Jumper Classic

-Carlot and Mary Lisa Leffler were 1.35 Jumper Reserve Champions and 7th in the Open Welcome Stakes

Also, at the Swan Lake Horse Show in Littlestown, Pa:

-Cartagena BD and Kirsten Pollin were Adult Amateur 36-49 Hunter Champions and were 3rd in the Adult Hunter Classic

-Rodeo Drive and Maddie Black were Medium Pony Hunter Reserve Champions

-Ufonia P. and Ashley Schoen were 6th in the Adult Hunter Classic

-Argus IV and Emmy Middleton were 6th in the .90 Jumper Classic

Way to go everyone!

We also send our condolences to friend Libby Wright, for the loss of her horse Quincy who passed away this past Friday at the age of 30, due to colic complications. Quincy was a resident here at the farm for 22 years!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Show Results: Washington International Horse Show

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Here are the results from Washington:

-Knob Creek and Dana Nifosi were 3rd in the WIHS Adult Hunter Championships
-Sgt. Pepper and Connnie McRill were 8th in the WIHS Adult Hunter Championships
-Quintana 26 and Brianna Sims were 8th and 4th in the Small Junior Hunter Older Section
-The Golden Compass and Alyson Gurney were 7th and 8th in the Large Junior Hunter Older Section
-Rodeo Drive and Maddie Black were 12th in the Local Pony Hunters
-Kevin Foster and Quintessential were 10th in the Amateur Owner Older stakes class and 6th under saddle

Dana and Knob Creek

Connie & Sgt. Pepper 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Show Results: Penn National Horse Show & Washington International Local Day

Good morning!

Here are the weekly show results from Penn National:

-Lorca De Caryan and Bernadette Coyle were 3rd in the NAL Childrens Hunter Finals

-Quintana 26 and Brianna Sims were 4th in the Small Junior Hunter Stake Class

From the WIHS Local Day at the PG Equestrian Center:

-Freedom ridden by Elizabeth Sherwin were Short Stirrup Hunter Champions

-Margot Sanger-Katz riding Ufonia P. won the MHSA Adult Medal

-Hannah Showell rode Rintoo to the Reserve Championship in the Gittings Medal Finals

Hannah Showell with Melanie Wright…photo credit to Adam Showell

Next up the Rolling Acres crew is off to Washington International Horse Show this week.
Sending Good Luck to everyone!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Show Results: Capital Challenge Horse Show

The results are in from the Capital Challenge Horse Show!

-Cartagena BD and Mary Lisa Leffler were 4th, 7th, and 5th in the Future Hunter Mares division
-Knob Creek and Dana Nifosi were 7th and 8th in the Adult Amateur 36-49 division
-Frontman and Charlotte Williams were 4th in the Adult Amateur 51 and Over Stake Class
-The Golden Compass and Alyson Gurney were 7th in the Large Junior Older Stake Class

Frontman and Charlotte Williams

Clear Cove and Allison Bergmeyer 

Lorca De Caryan and Bernadette Coyle 

(Photos taken by Sheryl Sutherby) 

We also would like to send good luck at Harrisburg next week to the following riders:
-Alyson Gurney and The Golden Compass
-Brianna Sims and Quinatan 26
-Allison Bergmeyer and Axtrex
-Sgt. Pepper and Connie McRill
-Knob Creek and Dana Nifosi
-Frontman and Charlotte Williams
-Little Star and Alexis Mozeleski
-Lorca De Caryan and Bernadette Coyle
-Nikita and Alyson Gurney
-Quastor Van De Helle Z and Devon Monroe
-Whiskey Blue and Ashley Foster
-Quintessential and Kevin Foster
-Wassandra G and Hanna Powers

Also coming up at the end of this month is the Annual Washington International Horse Show held in D.C. Once again this year, they are doing the 'Buck Breast Cancer' event on Thursday October 23rd in honor of Laura Pickett and Elizabeth Solter.

We would like to ask your help in gathering Laura Pickett's friends and our Rolling Acres family to join us again at the show to honor Laura Pickett where they will be awarding the Laura Pickett Excellence in Horsemanship Award again this year and hosting Brian and his family in the Acela Club. They also will be honoring Elizabeth Solter.  Please purchase tickets and come out to support and honor the lives of these great women, and all of those suffering with breast cancer.

To purchase your tickets you can click here: http://www.wihs.org/lower.php?preview=1&url=hospitality-tickets&utm_source=Copy+of+Buck+Breast+Cancer+eBlast2&utm_campaign=wihs+eq+and+championships+qualifiers&utm_medium=email

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Show Results: Culpeper

Good morning everyone!

The Rolling Acres weekly show results from Culpeper are in:

-Contessa and Mary Lisa Leffler were Low Hunter Champions
-The Golden Compass and Mary Lisa Leffler were Low Hunter Reserve Champions
-Argus IV and Emmy Middleton were Level 1 Jumper Champions

-Wassandra G and Hanna Powers won the Childrens Jumper Classic
-Arvakur and Kiana Fiore were 6th in the Childrens Jumper Classic

Way to go everyone!

Here are some photos thanks to Sheryl Sutherby:

Argus IV and Emmy Middleton

Contessa and Jessica Pederson

Wassandra G and Hanna Powers

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Show Results!!

Good Afternoon!

This week, the Rolling Acres group competed at the Maryland Horse and Pony Show. Everyone did very well!

-Quintana 26 and Brianna Sims were Champion Junior Hunter, Grand Champion Junior Hunter and Brianna was  also the Best Child Rider. This means that she won ALL FIVE of her classes!

PS- Quintana 26 is FOR SALE!

Brianna & Quintana 26

-Out on Bale and Mary Lisa Leffler were 3rd in the National Hunter Derby

-Cartagena BD and Mary Lisa Leffler were Pre Green Hunter Champions
Symbolic and Mary Lisa Leffler

-Quastor Van De Helle Z and Devon Monroe were Junior Jumper Champions

Whiskey Blue and Dana Nifosi

-Out on Bale and Mary Lisa Leffler were 3-foot Schooling Hunter Champions

-Whiskey Blue and Dana Nifosi were Older Adult Amateur Hunter Champions

Lanzerote and Addie Jabin

Thank you to Sheryl Sutherby for giving us the results and taking great photos!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rolling Acres Visitors

Good afternoon everyone,

With no show results this week, we wanted to mention about a visitor we had back at the end of August! On August 25th the farm had a visit from Larry Hogan, candidate for the Governor of Maryland. He got a tour of the farm and even got to meet Wes, the horse. We were glad to have him at the farm and wish him luck in the race for governor!

Here are some photos from the visit (pictured with Pam):

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly Show Results: Culpeper Round 2

Good morning!

Week two of showing at Culpeper is over and the results are in!

 -Kevin Foster and Quintessential were Reserve Champions in the Amateur Owner Hunter
-Be Chungunco and Algie Phin were Reserve Champions in the Child Jumper divisions
-Be Chungunco and Quintana 26 were Champions in the Modified Junior Hunter

Kevin Foster, Quintessential, and Raul Rivera

-Dana Nifosi and Knob Creek were 6th in the Adult Hunter Classic
-Mary Lisa Leffler and Carlot were 4th in the $15,000 Mini Prix

Be Chungunco on Quintana 26

Regional Childrens Jumper Gold Medal winner Hanna Powers

Thank you to Sheryl Sutherby for the great photos!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weekly Results from Culpeper

Good Morning!

Here are the results from the Culpeper Horse Show this past week:

-Zivago and Mary Lisa Leffler and Zivago were Schooling Hunter Champions
-Dana Nifosi and Knob Creek were Champion Adult Hunter Middle Section
-Brianna Sims was 8th in the Tad Coffin Equitation Finals
-Mary Lisa Leffler and Carlot were 10th in the Grand Prix
-Alyson Gurney and Nikita were 6th in the Children's Jumper Classic

Knob Creek and Dana Nifosi

Ashley Schoen and Accomac

Mary Lisa Leffler and Carlot

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekly Show Results are In!

Good Morning!

Here are the results from the Vermont Summer Festival, week three:

-Lorca De Caryan were Weekly champions, Circuit champions, and won the Children's Hunter Classic
-The Golden Compass and Alyson Gurney were Reserve Champions in the Older Junior Hunter Division

-Light Edition and Ashley Foster were Younger Adult Amateur Hunter Champions and Circuit Champions

-Whiskey Blue and Ashley Foster were Reserve Champion A/O Hunters
-Banjer and Andrea Russell were Reserve Champions in the .90 Jumpers
-Quastor Van De Helle Z and Devon Monroe were Low Jr/AO Jumper Champions
-Escape and Mary Lisa Leffler were 1.30 Jumper Circuit Champions

-Bernadette Coyle was 4th in the THIS Medal
-Sgt. Pepper and Connie McRill were 8th in the Adult Hunter Classic

-Nikita and Alyson Gurney were 7th in the NAL jumper Classic and 9th in the $15,000 C/A Jumper classic
-Axtrex and Allison Bergmeyer were 6th in the Junior Hunter Classic

All photos thanks to Sheryl Sutherby!!