Rider's Tribune: The First Victory Gallop

Team Legacy just returned from a successful two weeks at the beautiful Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, CA. Junior rider Cate Jeschke gives us an account of a very special achievement in her riding career:

“Is it okay that we put you in the derby? You did so well with the other classes. The derby is slightly different than your other classes, it’s a bigger class and it’s somewhat harder,” Lizzie said. Just one more class? It doesn’t seem too bad.

“Okay,” I say.

“This one will be a little harder, but you have some time,” she adds.

We get to walk the course before we go, so Lizzie and I go out and start planning. “Okay,” Lizzie says, “so you’re going to turn to the first jump right about here.” She walks over and stands in a straight line with the jump. “After this one where do you go?” We go around the first jump. “Remember, I will be over here waving at you so you stay straight after the first jump,” Lizzie says. When we walk out of the arena she says, “Now we have a plan. You know where to go and when to turn, that’s what’s helpful about course walks.”

About an hour later I’m sitting on Rojo, way more nervous than I thought I would be. Lizzie and I go over the course, talking in detail, letting me watch others to see what I liked and didn’t like about their course. “Remember, stick to the plan, and of course, have fun!” She reminds me. I nod slowly, thinking about the course again. “Okay,” Lizzie says, “looks like you’re next. Good luck, and remember to take a deep breath before you canter. You’ve got this!”

I walk slowly into the ring, going over the course in my head again. I pick up the canter and turn the corner to the first jump. I see Lizzie standing at the in-gate waving, which makes me grin. The rest of the course goes smoothly, and by the end I’m grinning from ear to ear. I walk out and Lizzie gives me a thumbs up. “Great job! You stuck to the plan. You did everything we discussed!” Then the judge announces the score. “Score: 80.” 80? Wow! That’s great! Lizzie looks back at me. “That’s so good Cate, and in your first derby, too!”

Soon they start reading the results. “…and in third place, Press to Play and Cate Jeschke!” I walk out to get my ribbon. Finally, we do a victory gallop. I get a rush of excitement when we start. When Rojo and I exit the arena, I can’t stop smiling.

That was my first ever derby, and it will definitely be something that will be memorable to me.

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Cate Jeschke is 12 years old and will be entering the 7th grade at The Bush School in Seattle, Washington this fall. Cate has been riding for four years and began her partnership with her mount, Press to Play, earlier this year. They compete in the Pre-Children’s Hunter and Equitation divisions where she hopes to finish the season strong and move up to the 3’ Children’s Hunter and Equitation divisions in the future.

Legacy Hunters and Jumpers offers riding lessons and hunter jumper competition training serving Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville. Legacy is owned and operated by Shelly Kerron and located in Woodinville, WA.

 

This week at Legacy: The Legacy Games

Occasionally both horse and rider need a break from competition and serious riding, so we hosted a fun show with games like riding with an egg and spoon, ride-a-buck, equine relay races, and more! Check out some photos from our event below!

 

Legacy Hunters and Jumpers offers riding lessons and hunter jumper competition training serving Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville. Legacy is owned and operated by Shelly Kerron and located in Woodinville, WA.

Around the Web: Resident celebrities Coaster and Buttercup achieve Instagram fame

Legacy's favorite celebrity couple, Coaster and Buttercup, were featured this week on a popular Instagram account entitled @InterspeciesFriendship which "Celebrates the amazing & unlikely friendships between animal species." The image reposted from Coaster and Buttercups' own account, @coasterandbuttercup, received over 1,000 likes and many wonderful comments. 

Follow @coasterandbuttercup and join the fan club! 

Legacy Hunters and Jumpers offers riding lessons and hunter jumper competition training serving Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville. Legacy is owned and operated by Shelly Kerron and located in Woodinville, WA.

This Week at Legacy: Joan Curtin Clinic

This past weekend Legacy had three members of the Kerron family on the property when Joan Curtin came to teach a clinic. 

With all groups of riders, Joan focused on the straightness and balance of both horse and rider and worked through exercises to encourage horses to be light to the hand and leg. In the upper level group, Joan set courses that asked riders to have elasticity in their horse's step and be precise with turns and transitions. A forward four-stride with a quick transition to make some trot poles challenged a few riders, but by the end everyone had sharp and smooth transitions all around. 

Joan also stressed how believing in yourself is one of the most important steps in being able to achieve a difficult exercise. 


"Confidence is a gift you give yourself" 


Thorough the clinic, Joan constantly reminded riders that "confidence is a gift you give yourself." This especially resonated with Junior Hunter rider Johanna Sixl, who said, "For me it's important because gifting myself confidence helps me overcome my nerves and any doubts I might have. Just believing that I can do it has really improved my riding and helped me feel calmer and more focused before my rounds,"

Few teachers are able to encourage confidence the way Joan does, and we are extremely lucky to have hosted her at Legacy and to have her helping our team at upcoming shows. 

Legacy Hunters and Jumpers offers riding lessons and hunter jumper competition training serving Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville. Legacy is owned and operated by Shelly Kerron and located in Woodinville, WA.

Legacy in the News: Flying Changes July 2016

Check out this article written by Leah Raphael about what it's like to ride with Shelly Kerron and Team Legacy published in the July 2016 issue of Flying Changes

Legacy Hunters and Jumpers offers riding lessons and hunter jumper competition training serving Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville. Legacy is owned and operated by Shelly Kerron and located in Woodinville, WA.

Legacy Takes Home 16 Division Championships from the Cascades

Legacy riders racked up 16 division championships and 8 reserve championships at the Swiftwater Invitational and Alpine Preview horse shows, held at the Washington State Horse Park located in Cle Elum, WA. 

For the jumpers John Van Oppen’s Eltano II took the 1.20m jumper championship both weeks as well as 5th place in the $10,000 Alpine Preview Grand Prix with Shelly Kerron in the saddle. Gazoo and Krista Taylor picked up the Children’s Jumper 1.00m both weeks as well.

In the hunter divisions, Lizzie and Shelly took the 1st year Green Hunter Championship and Reserve Championships both weeks aboard Johanna Sixl’s Juno and Mary-Lou Misrahy’s MTM Check Me Out. Lizzie Kerron was Reserve Champion aboard Cate Jeschke’s Press to Play during the Swiftwater Invitational's $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby. The sister duo also managed to snag three of the top 12 placings in the Alpine Preview’s Derby aboard Juno, Press to Play, and Jennifer Spark’s Seasmoke. John Van Oppen’s Sun Flight also took the Junior Hunter championship during the Alpine Preview, piloted by Kassidy Keith.

Both Denise Owen aboard Legacy's Red McCartney and Dawn Pemble riding Fern Ridge Farm's Bayardo successfully stepped up from the Long Stirrup to the Pre-Adult division. Denise took the reserve championship in the hunter section both weeks and Dawn was consistently in the ribbons among tough competition. 

Legacy’s youngest riders, Cate Jeschke and Rafi Wolf swept the Pre-Children’s and Short Stirrup Pony championships and hunter classics both weeks, with Jeschke also taking the Pre-Children’s equitation championship both weeks. Johanna Sixl took the reserve championship in Equitation 15-17 during the Alpine Preview as well. 

Legacy Hunters and Jumpers offers riding lessons and hunter jumper competition training serving Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville. Legacy is owned and operated by Shelly Kerron and located in Woodinville, WA.

Legacy Sweeps the Spring National Series

Spring is in full bloom at Legacy!

Team Legacy may be a small one, but it proved its talent again and again during the WSHJA's 2016 Spring National Inaugural and Spring National Hunter competitions. Every student, junior and amateur, rode home with a major championship:

-Krista Taylor was awarded High Point Junior rider for her performances with Papillon throughout both weeks, which included victories in both the USEF Pessoa and Maclay medal classes as well as a strong performance in the flat equitation challenge.
-Johanna Sixl and Juno were reserve champions in the always popular Hunter Under Saddle Challenge.
-Cate Jeschke and her new mount, Press to Play, took the championship in Short Stirrup Horse Equitation both weeks.
-Rafaela Wolf made her debut with Time to Shine a winning one by scooping the Short Stirrup Pony Equitation championship at the Inagural and the reserve championship the following week.
-Dawn Pemble proved that blondes really do have more fun as she piloted Bayardo to reserve championship in the Long Stirrup Equitation.

 

"Legacy has always been more of a boutique than a large-scale operation. It's important to us that each of our students receive quality time with their training and instruction and that we create well educated students. We believe this philosophy distinguishes us time and again through the successes of our students and their horses." 


 

Legacy partner and assistant trainer, Elizabeth Kerron, commented on the support that Legacy's teammates provided to each other throughout the weeks, noting that Dawn was her most enthusiastic student while Johanna the most improved. Kerron was most excited, however, by the pride her students took in celebrating each others' successes. Kerron attributes much of this camaraderie to the size of Legacy's program, stating, "Legacy has always been more of a boutique than a large-scale operation. It's important to us that each of our students receive quality time with their training and instruction and that we create well educated students. We believe this philosophy distinguishes us time and again through the successes of our students and their horses."

We look forward to following Legacy's students throughout the rest of the 2016 season!