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USEF Sends Four Eventing Riders to Boekelo CCI3*

Location: 
Netherlands
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Updated: 2010-10-10
USEF Eventing Department - October 9, 2010

Lexington, KY - The following four rider/horse combinations have been selected to receive USEF grants to compete at the Boekelo CCI3*, October 14-17, 2010 in The Netherlands.

Rider/Age/Hometown/Horse/Sex/Breed/Age/Owner

Rider Hometown Horse Breed Owner

Tiana Coudray (22)

Ojai, CA

Ringwood Magister

Irish Sport Horse
(9yo, Gelding)

Tiana Coudray

Will Faudree (29)

Hoffman, NC

Andromaque

Irish Thoroughbred
(9yo, Mare)

Jennifer Mosing

Sinead Halpin(29)

Oldwick, NJ

Manior de Carneville

Selle Francais
(10yr, Gelding)

Carraig LLC

Doug Payne (28)

Pottersville, NJ

Running Order

Irish Thoroughbred
(8yo, Gelding)

Stone Hill Farm

Riding Double: Will Faudree’s Sister Continues to Inspire

Location: 
Southern Pines, North Carolina
Sunday, August 22, 2010

It may be lonely at the top, but any upper-level event rider will admit they had company on their ascent to the sport’s pinnacle.

Will Faudree will shout it.

At 28, Faudree is already a veteran of two U.S. eventing squads (with his longtime partner Antigua, better known as “Brad”) and is poised to be named to another with Pawlow, an 11-year-old Irish thoroughbred owned by Jennifer Mosing of Youngsville, La.

A stellar effort from Pawlow in the advanced division at the American Eventing Championships, which run from Sep. 9-12 at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Ga., could send Faudree to his second World Equestrian Games.

The AECs will serve as the final U.S. team selection for the Games, which open Sept. 25 and continue through Oct. 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Faudree, a native of Midland, Texas, whose Gavilan Farms sits on 45 acres in Hoffman, also plans to ride Andromaque, a 9-year-old Irish thoroughbred mare owned by Mosing, in advanced at the AECs.

Earlier this month, “Missie” finished second in her first advanced outing with Faudree at the Millbrook Horse Trials, and will try to secure her AEC qualifications next week in the CIC* division at the Richland Park Horse Trials.

Pawlow will also make his final start before the AECs in the Richland CIC*.

But make no mistake. Brad, now 21 and retired from competition, is still J.R. Ewing at this native Texan’s Southfork. The Australian thoroughbred gelding, who won a team gold with Faudree at the 2003 Pan Am Games and was a traveling reserve on both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic teams, has taken part in bareback puissance exhibitions since his retirement in 2008, but his chief duty at Gavilan Farm is to impart wisdom (and good manners) to younger horses.

Since moving up to advanced in early 2009, Pawlow (pronounced “Paul-oh”) has done little to suggest he wouldn’t be a valuable player on any team. The gelding began the season with an intermediate win at the Rocking Horse Winter Horse Trials, and a month later, he won an advanced division at the Southern Pines Horse Trials.

In April, he finished 15th of 53 starters at the Rolex Three-Day Event, his first four-star competition.

Faudree has done just enough with Pawlow (barn name: “Ernie”) since Rolex to keep him fit and happy. Faudree bought Ernie from California event rider Robyn Fisher in 2007, and soon realized the gelding was a horse with his own agenda.

“When I got him, he was this wild, spooky, malicious horse,” said Faudree. “He was very quirky. He had no trust in anybody. Now, he has total trust in us. He’s a total goofball but still extremely quirky. You don’t turn on clippers next to him. You don’t pull his feet out in front of him. That’s a pact I have with that horse. I’m not going to try to change him.”

Faudree laughed. “I meet him on the 50-yard line,” he said.

If Faudree could change anything, it might be the entire year of 2008.

The year began with Ernie still recovering from a Dec. 2007 colic surgery. In February of that year, his grandmother, Harriet Dublin, the anchor of his ­support system, died from cancer in his hometown of Midland.

“My family is very close, and my grandmother supported all of her grandkids in whatever they wanted to do,” Faudree said. “She was hugely influential in my career.”

In April, Faudree took Brad back to Kentucky for his third and final Rolex (the gelding finished sixth in 2006, and was in third place after cross-country in 2007, but withdrew before stadium because of a hoof injury caused by a twisted shoe).

Unfortunately, they would fare no better in 2008. Soon after arriving at the Kentucky Horse Park, Brad suffered a foot abscess, and had to withdraw from the event.

A month after Rolex came the worst news: Faudree’s sister, Kristen, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which rarely strikes young women.

“There was no explanation for it,” Faudree said. “She was young, she was fit … she didn’t smoke.”

A year older than Faudree, Kristen was an extraordinary young woman by any standard. She had spent time in Africa, where she taught HIV education to Zimbabwean families and started a reading program for children. She had returned to Texas in late 2007 to help care for her ailing grandmother, and fell ill shortly thereafter.

Despite being unable to contest Rolex, Faudree and Brad were still invited to the final selection trials for the 2008 Olympic Team, which were to take place in July at The Fork in Norwood. They participated, but Faudree was distracted by Kristen’s illness — she was undergoing radiation treatments but was given a poor prognosis — and he knew chances were slim that he and Brad would be named to the Olympic team.

“I knew I wasn’t going to the Olympics with that horse,” Faudree said. “He was almost 20; he didn’t owe me an Olympic Games. He had done his job with amazing grace, and never had a cross-country jump penalty. It was very emotional for me, because of what my sister was going through, and because I knew it was going to be my last event on that horse.”

Faudree’s partnership with Brad began in 2001. On the recommendation of his boss, three-time Australian Olympian Phillip Dutton, Faudree traveled to Australia to look for an upper level horse. Driving into the farm to look at the first prospect, Faudree glimpsed a smallish, sun-bleached bay tied to a lorry.

“It was Brad,” Faudree said. “I don’t know what I was expecting, but … it was just a horse. Then I got on him, and there was this magical ‘click.’”

After the selection trials, Faudree tried to spend as much time as possible with Kristen. He was also trying to sell Ernie — as an equitation horse.

“I needed the money,” Faudree said. “I had bought the farm, and added on to the barn … I was out of money.”

By October, it became clear that Kristen had a short time to live. She chose to stop radiation treatments, telling her family: “I’m done with this. It hurts. There’s a better place for me, and I can do so much more for you guys up there.”

Faudree was with Kristen the last month of her life. She died on Nov. 22, 2008.

“To see my sister face death, head on,” Faudree said. “It really showed me the value of faith.”

Shortly after Kristen’s death, Faudree was scheduled to teach a clinic in Louisiana. “They said, “If you want to cancel, we’ll understand,” Faudree said. “But I went through with it.”

At the clinic, Faudree reconnected with Mosing, whom he had met at a previous clinic (Mosing’s daughters, Kaitlynn and Madeline, had also trained with Faudree). In early December, Mosing called Faudree.

“She said she might be interested in owning a horse,” he recalled. “I told her Pawlow was for sale, and she asked what it would cost to own an event horse. She thought about it, called back and said she wanted him. I about fell out of my chair.”

Riders often depend on sponsors like Mosing to keep them actively competing at the upper levels. But Mosing has become much more than a sponsor to Faudree.

“She’s become a great friend,” Faudree said. “More like a sister. She reminds me so much of my sister. And I know it was Kristen’s hand in all of this that made it happen.”

In addition to her interest in horses, Mosing is a breeder of champion Yorkshire Terriers. In February, she asked Faudree to show one of her terriers (Brody) in the breed group at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York City.

“I got to Madison Square Garden at 11 that morning and showed at 2:15,” Faudree said, laughing. “It was intense. It felt like the 10-minute box at Badminton.”

They won the group.

Faudree’s focus is on Ernie now, but Brad remains his gold standard. “Karen Stives (the 1984 Olympic silver medalist) gave me the best advice,” Faudree said. “She told me, “Don’t expect your next horse to fill his shoes.” I’ve never forgotten that. And I never will. No horse ever could.”

Without Kristen, Faudree acknowledges that his future triumphs will be ­bittersweet.

“There are times I would give everything up to have my sister back,” he said. “Even for an hour. I’d do it in a heartbeat. “But somehow, I know she’s still a part of it.”

Laura VanderVliet Eventing Relocates To Louisiana

Location: 
Sterling Silver Stables, Maurice, LA
Sunday, August 1, 2010

Laura(Maurice, La.) - Jennifer Mosing, Maurice, Louisiana and Laura VanderVliet Eventing, Nottingham, Pennsylvania are pleased to announce that, effective August 1, 2010, VanderVliet’s eventing operations will be based at Mosing’s Sterling Silver Stables in Maurice. Mosing owns several top event horses, including Pawlow, an 11-year-old gelding competed by Will Faudree and short-listed for the U.S. squad for the World Equestrian Games this fall. She was one of the first patron and owner members of the Professional Riders Organization. With the establishment of Sterling Silver Stables, Mosing began pursuing the development of a world-class equestrian center in Louisiana. The completely renovated facility that resulted has set the stage for bringing a top professional into her operation.

VanderVliet, who currently competes at the advanced level with the syndicated Mighty Mangaroo and Kathleen Overbaugh’s King Billy, has moved all her competition horses to Sterling Silver Stables and will pursue her competitive career from there. A former assistant trainer for Scott Hassler at Hilltop Farm and Phillip Dutton at True Prospect Farm, VanderVliet has operated her own eventing business since 1998. During this period she successfully competed such upper-level horses as Irish Fling, Topspin, and Warrie Hill. In her work with Mosing, VanderVliet will be responsible for the stable’s instruction and coaching program and for the training and development of horses owned by Sterling Silver Stables and its clients.

"I won’t change much about her competition plans this year, said VanderVliet. “Keep an eye out for me, some Cajun food, and some fun at the big East Coast events this fall.”

USEF Names Final Short List for 2010 Land Rover US Eventing Team

Monday, July 19, 2010
From the USEF Eventing Department
Lexington, KY - The USEF has added the following horse/rider combinations to the Short List for the 2010 Land Rover US Eventing Team to represent the United States at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY.

Name/Age/Hometown/Horse/Age/Breed/Sex/Owner

Buck Davidson/33/Riegelsville, PA/Titanium/9/Thoroughbred/G/Carl and Cassandra Segal
Phillip Dutton/46/West Grove, PA/Kheops du Quesnay/12/Selle Francais/G/Ann Jones and Rebecca Broussard

The Short List/Nominated Entry of 18 horse/rider combinations will be submitted to the FEI on August 16th.

Stephen Bradley/48/Leesburg, VA/Brandenburg's Joshua/15/Thoroughbred/G/Southern Edition Farm LLC
Buck Davidson/33/Riegelsville, PA/BallyNoe Castle RM/10/Irish Thoroughbred/G/Carl and Cassandra Segal
Buck Davidson/33/Riegelsville, PA/My Boy Bobby/14/Irish Sport Horse/G/Carl and Cassandra Segal
Buck Davidson/33/Riegelsville, PA/Titanium/9/Thoroughbred/G/Carl and Cassandra Segal
Phillip Dutton/46/West Grove, PA/The Foreman/14/Thoroughbred/G/Ann Jones
Phillip Dutton/46/West Grove, PA/TruLuck/13/Thoroughbred/G/Ann Jones and Rebecca Broussard
Phillip Dutton/46/West Grove, PA/Connaught/17/Irish Sport Horse/G/Bruce Duchossois
Phillip Dutton/46/West Grove, PA/Woodburn/14/NZ Thoroughbred/G/Ann Jones, Mardie Faucette and Acorn Hill Farm
Phillip Dutton/46/West Grove, PA/Kheops du Quesnay/12/Selle Francais/G/Ann Jones and Rebecca Broussard
Will Faudree/28/Hoffman, NC/Pawlow/11/Irish Thoroughbred/G/Jennifer Mosing
Becky Holder/40/Palmetto, GA/Courageous Comet/14/Thoroughbred/G/Tom & Becky Holder
Holly Hudspeth/37/Raleigh, NC/Last Monarch/9/Thoroughbred/G/Holly & Chuck Hudspeth
Boyd Martin/30/West Grove, PA/Neville Bardos/11/Australian Thoroughbred/G/Windurra USA, LLC
Boyd Martin/30/West Grove, PA/Remington XXV/14/Hanoverian/G/Henley House Stables
Karen O'Connor/52/The Plains, VA/Mandiba/11/Thoroughbred/G/Joan Goswell
Kim Severson/36/Scottsville, VA/Tipperary Liadhnan/13/Irish Sport Horse/G/Friends of Kim Severson Syndicate
Allison Springer/35/Marshall, VA/Arthur/11/Irish Sport Horse/G/Allison, Carolyn, & William Springer
Amy Tryon/39/Duvall, WA/Leyland/10/Thoroughbred/G/Elisabeth Nicholson

All Short Listed horse/rider combinations must participate in the Land Rover 2010 USEA American Eventing Championships which takes place on September 9-12, 2010 in Fairburn, GA.

Please contact Sara Ike with any questions at , sara.ike@usef.org or 908-326-1164.

Three Days Three Ways Interviews Will Faudree From Chronicle of the Horse

Monday, April 19, 2010

Published on The Chronicle of the Horse (http://www.chronofhorse.com)
Three Days Three Ways Interviews Will Faudree
By Courtney Young
Created 2010-04-19 22:55
Are you ready for Rolex Kentucky? Will Faudree is, and he'll be there with his Stetson firmly in place at the jog on Wednesday, April 21, showing off the talented and beautiful Pawlow. Will is well-known for his Texas heritage and his smile, but his ability to turn in an efficient, smooth cross-country round has taken this 28-year-old from team gold at the North American Young Riders Championships in 2001 to team gold at the 2003 Pan American Games to the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2006. Rolex Kentucky may be Pawlow's first four-star, but he and Faudree have gone from strength to strength with a win at the Southern Pines Horse Trials (N.C.) this spring and an 11th-placed finish at the Blenheim CCI*** (England) last fall. Will took some time out of his busy schedule at Gavilan Farm in Hoffman, N.C., to answer a few questions from blogger Three Days, Three Ways before he made the trek to Lexington.

Q. How would you describe yourself?
A. I don't know. I've always wanted, for as long as I can remember, to be a professional event rider. It's been my focus and my goal, and I love it. I am very passionate about the sport and passionate about the animals and feel very fortunate that I get to compete and do what it is I love to do.

Q. How did you come across eventing?
A. I grew up in Midland, Texas, which is west Texas. There's a small group of eventers out there now, but I started in the hunter/jumper world when I was 7 years old. I saw the '88 Olympics on TV and decided I wanted to jump the jumps. I drifted into eventing after I saw a movie called Sylvester about a ranch girl and her horse who end up going to Rolex, actually. It's an old western. I thought that was cool. A friend of my mom's told me about aKaren O'Connor clinic in San Antonio. I didn't ride in it, but we went and watched. That was in '94 I think. It was my first taste of eventing and it stuck.

Q. What are you so passionate about when it comes to eventing?
A. The sport. The horses. I think eventing, of all the equestrian sports, demands horsemanship, and I think that's really important. I love every day that I get to get up and work with the horses and be with them. It's not just about the riding. It's not just the competition. It's the day in and day out routine that I love and am passionate about.

Q. How would you describe your teaching style?
A. I've been very fortunate in my life to work with some pretty incredible instructors. I was based with Phillip Dutton as a working student and worked a lot with Karen and David O'Connor coming up through the Young Rider ranks. I was fortunate enough to be named to the USEF Winter Training list starting in 2003 and so have been able to work with Mark Phillips over the last seven years.
My friend Bobby Costello has helped me immensely. Having worked with so many great instructors has influenced my teaching. My philosophy is, when I get on my horse whether it's dressage or jumping or a trot set, I want to have a goal. What do I want to accomplish today? I want to do what I can to meet that goal that day. It's important to have long-term goals and vision, but it's also important to dissect that to make that ultimate goal a reality.

Q. What does the week before Rolex Kentucky look like for you?
A. At this point everything is done in the horse's training and fitness. If they're not fit now, they're not getting fit. If they don't know how to do a change now, they're not going to. Now it's magnifying the tools that I already have, that I know exist and can do in the dressage ring, on cross-country, and in show jumping. They should come out of this week and go into next week feeling like King Kong. They need to come into the competition feeling like they can take over the world. I taper the fitness so they think something must be coming up. They're not working quite as hard, so they're getting a bit more energy that way.

Q. Any additional things you need to pack?
A. At the end of the day, it's another horse show. That's something that's really important to remember. You want everything to be done: The brass needs to be shiny and your tack clean, but that's the standard that I expect of myself on a daily basis. So luckily I've got a great support staff at home, and the trailer is packed up and ready to go. So there's nothing extra special. The only extra thing is the two outfits for the jog-up!

Q. How do you get Pawlow ready for Rolex Kentucky as far as fitness and soundness? And how do you pronounce his name?
A. Mainly like "Paulo." He was bred by a Polish man named Ernesto Pavlovisnki. so the correct pronunciation would be like "Pavlov." He's Ernie to me. It's "Paulo" or "Pavlov," whatever mood the announcer is in! Every horse is different. Not one person is going to copy the next person in getting the horse prepared mentally and physically. Everyone_s fitness program differs. Some have the luxury of hills; some are on the flat. We're on sand footing. My fitness program starts in December when the horses come into work. It's important to do long walks and trots in addition to galloping. Some people think it's no longer long format, so we don't have to do as much fitness. But that's not correct. I do a lot of very long trot sets and gallop every five days. In the winter-December,
January, February-I do interval work in their canter sets. When they start competing, it's more sprinting since they have their base fitness. As far as maintaining fitness, that varies left and right depending on the horse. One thing I do routinely with all my upper-level horses is Adequan and Legend, and they get fed a joint supplement. I'm fortunate to be sponsored by FarmVet and Cavalor, and I believe that helps my horses the best that I can. One thing that's really important is I trot [the horses] every Monday morning for the vet. Keep professionalizing the horses so you can see the slightest change. Maintaining the horses is recognizing something that's not in their normal routine. I'm fortunate in that respect that I have a good farrier and a good vet who have their eyes on my horses a minimum of once a week.

Q. You placed fourth in the CIC*** at The Fork in North Carolina a couple weekends ago ahead of some impressive names and horses. What needs to happen to repeat such a great performance, or better it, at Rolex Kentucky?
A. The important thing is I go into every competition with a clear head knowing I have prepared my horse the best I know how to and that my horse is feeling as confident as he can. I want to go in with three solid performances, and where that places me in the end is where it places me in the end. I was very pleased with my horse cross-coutnry at The Fork. I threw away way too many points in the dressage. Obviously, I've come away working on giving myself better sharpness with the tools that I have. I was very pleased with our show jumping, and Katie Prudent, who has been working with the winter training list, had very good points after the round. I'm definitely going to think of those going into the next competition.

Q. Do you have any pre-ride rituals?
A. I listen to music. I love the musical "Wicked" (my friends think I'm crazy). I listen to music, and I focus myself that way. Music is a very handy tool for me.

Q. Is riding at Rolex Kentucky different than riding at, say, The Fork or Jersey Fresh?
A. Yeah, there's an unbelievable feel to Rolex. I've competed at the World Equestrian Games and [the Badminton CCI**** (England)] and [the Burghley CCI**** (England)] on Antigua, and for me there's so much history there; they've been around for so long. But there's something special about Rolex. At the end of the day it's another event, but it's a really cool feeling when you drive into the Kentucky Hose Park. They do an amazing job, and it's a little bit of an out of this world feeling, like this is in our backyard, this is so cool! We've all worked so hard to get there, so when you drive in it's exciting to go and get to do what you've worked up to doing.

Q. What's your favorite part of Rolex Kentucky?
A. Everything about it! You get to walk around, and it's like "Oh My God." It's really a feeling that you can't describe. There are no words.

Q. If fans want to support you what can they do? Cheer at the water jump?
Autograph signings?
A. I'm doing an autograph signing Thursday or Friday at the USEF booth at lunch. I'll do a Bit of Britain/Nunn Finer course walk at some point too. But if you see me, grab me! I read something somewhere that I was unapproachable or scary, and I'm not. I'll talk to anyone. Come talk to me!

Q. So let's say all goes well at Rolex Kentukcy? What's next?
A. He'll have a break after Kentucky for a little bit, and then we'll see if WEG looks like it's going to be in the fall plan or we may try to take him over to Burghley. This is his first four-star, but every challenge this horse has been handed he's answered and followed up by saying "What next?" He's got a great attitude, and he's a really great horse. I'm excited for what Rolex will bring, and what goes beyond that we'll have to wait and see!

Q. Anything to add?
A. I'd love to say that Jennifer Mosing, who owns Ernie [Pawlow], is an incredible friend of mine and an incredible owner. I am so fortunate to have someone like her in my career as an owner and a friend. She's a really great woman. Her oldest daughter is Kaitlynn, and she_s one of my working students. She just did her first prelim at Longleaf and finished fourth! Jennifer came up for that, and then we'll drive to Kentucky together. It's going to be a lot of fun.

Courtney Young conducts in-depth interviews with the elite of the equestrian world on her blog Three Days Three Ways [5]. Check it out for a behind-the-scenes look into three-day eventing.


The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions Stay At Sterling Silver Stables

Monday, January 25, 2010

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions are relaxing between public performances at Sterling Silver Stables. The riders, trainers and operations staff were wowed by the facility and team at Sterling Silver Stables. The The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions have made themselves at home.


Will Faudree, Ernie and Missy in Wellington, FL

Monday, January 18, 2010

Will Faudree arrived in Wellington, FL on January 18 for an extended training session. He brought Jennifer Mosing’s horses Ernie & Missy to participate in the training sessions.

Pawlow “Ernie”
Ernie

Andromaque “Missie”
Missie

Senator Mary Landrieu Tours Sterling Silver Stables

Thursday, January 7, 2010

What most people don’t know about Senator Landrieu is that she is a horse lover and her daughter is an accomplished equestrian in the hunter/jumper discipline. The Senator takes time out from her busy schedule to personally take her daughter to her riding lessons.

The Senator is gearing up to develop an initiative to support and grow the horse industry in Louisiana. She spent time with owner, Jennifer Mosing, and Sterling Silver Stables’ client, Julie Calzone.

 

 


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