Mike and Dwayne started the celebration with brunch on Christmas Eve morning. They invited the barn staff into their home. On Christmas Eve, they traveled around the corner for dinner with the Shreve/Bissell family – Robbin, Jim, Paige and Jack. Then Mike created a sumptuous Christmas dinner that included curried pumpkin soup, roast turkey with apple raisin dressing and one with sausage and sage, and homemade cranberry sauce. Enjoying this meal were Greg and Jess Knowles, John Velardi and Sharon Picus.
Dianne and Emily Lents enjoyed a few days at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. One of their most favorite activities was challenging each other with wands in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Then they headed to the farm in Castleton, VA, to celebrate Christmas. Emily boarded another plane to return to Colorado to bring in the New Year.
Cindy Nord enjoyed Christmas Day with her grandson, Evan Peterson and his wife, Margie and their eight-month-old son, Woods. The family also shared a video of Woods during a giggle fest that had everyone laughing along with him.
The following horses received top standings in Saddle Horse Report’s High Point Report:
BLURRED LINES owned and ridden by Kim Germ-Cramer, Grand Champion Ladies English Pleasure
NEWMONT’S GET REAL owned by Cindy Nord, shown by Dwayne Knowles, Reserve Champion Junior Park Saddle
CAROL DAWSON owned by Holly Johnson, ridden by Mike Goebig, Reserve Champion Open Park Saddle
OUT LATE owned and ridden by Isabelle Charon, Reserve Champion Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure
WHAT’S UP GCH, owned and ridden by Allyson Wandtke, Amateur English Pleasure
MLV ANTARES RISING owned by Charles Marcon, shown by John Velardi & Elizabeth Marcon, Jr. English Pleasure. He is now owned by Nancy Jordan.
UNPRETENTIOUS owned and driven by Laurie Sterling, Classic Pleasure Driving
CIRCUS BOY owned by Barbara Matthews and driven by Christine Matthews, Classic Pleasure Driving
NEWMONT’S PRETTY PLEASE owned by Millstone Morgans and driven by Mike Goebig & Tony Lee, Open & Amateur Pleasure Driving. She is now owned by Paula Hague.
DRAGONSMEADE ONYX owned and driven by Dianne Lents Amateur Park Harness, Ladies Park Harness and Open Park Harness.
The two-time World Park Saddle Champion and World Four-Year-Old-English Pleasure Champion, Carol Dawson, changed owners and gets to stay in the same stall. Holly Johnson sold her nine-year-old mare to Allyson Wandtke, and wishes her the best of luck in the 2021 show season.
Holly Johnson retired her many-time world and national champion, Indian Creek American Girl, to the green pastures of Tara Farm. She awaits her first foal via embryo transfer, by Dressed Up GCH.
Laurie Sterling recently adopted a 3 ½ year old Greyhound. Her racing name was GS Trixie, and Laurie’s Goddaughter gave her the nickname of Pyrnee, from the book ‘The Scarlet Letter.’ On December 4th, Pyrnee won her last race at Orange Park, FL. A friend of Laurie’s from Pocono Greyhound Adoption gave her a ride to PA. Even though she’s never been in a house before, Laurie says she’s adapting well and is super sweet. Pyrnee is getting along with Laurie’s other Greyhound, Piper, and the Springer, Dover.
Dwayne and Mike are glad the installation of the lighting project is complete in the barn and indoor arena. They are pleased with the new LED lights.