COYOTE CREEK FARM
|2/2009 - Kim and Tate had a successful, albeit chilly, start to the 2009 season! They finished 4th in a competitive Open Preliminary division at the
Full Gallop Horse Trials in Aiken. Kerry and Chase also had a successful go finishing on their dressage score in an Open Training division. Look for
Tate next at the CIC* at Poplar Place at the end of March, and both Tate and Chase at Chattahoochee Hills in mid-April.
|3/30/2009 - Kim and Tate completed their first CIC* at Poplar Place adding only a rail to their dressage score. Kudos to Donna and Gary
Stegman, and the Ground Jury, for getting all phases completed in some very trying weather conditions!!
|4/12/2009 - Kim and Kerry had a
good, albeit sloppy, HT at Chatt
Hills. Both finished 3rd! Onward to
Championships for Chase and Tate!
|5/18/2009 - Kim and Tate moved up to Intermediate successfully at Chattahoochee Hills and finished 2nd!
Photos of Kim at
Chatt Hills are
courtesy of Mark
7/2009 - Kim and Accolade made their
horse trials debut with a bang at
Champagne Run in Lexington,
Kentucky. This was Bear's first outing
under saddle. He scored an
impressive 26 on the flat under an
"R" judge, added one rail in SJ, and
nothing on XC to finish 2nd in an
open division of 23 competitors!
9/2009 - Kim and Accolade completed
their first Young Event Horse Test at
Cedar Ridge Farm in Athens, Ga. They
won the 4 year old division, and were
the high scoring Young Event Horse,
with a 78.79% qualifying them for the
YEH Championships at the Fair Hill
International in October!
Maggie Fan photos
Late Fall 2009 - Wow! What a fall season for all at Coyote Creek Farm!
Accolade won the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships at the Fair Hill International in Elkton, MD
besting their competition in both the 4 and 5 year old divisions by 4 points!
Winter 2010 - Kim and Tate move to England to pursue their
dream of eventing in the world capital of the sport!
June 2010 - Bear moves to England to be with Kim
and to add to his resume and compete overseas.
December 2011: What an exciting adventure!!
As we all know, all good things must come to an end, and Kim, Bear and Tate's 20 months abroad have landed them right back home at
Coyote Creek! All have had a fantastic education overseas in so many different avenues! Bear left an inexperienced 5 year old having had
an 8 month holiday after the YEH at Fair Hill to fill his big brother, Tate's, shoes while he spent time recovering from a mild hiccup, and
came home a successful CCI* horse! Likewise, Tate left as an OTTB with hits and misses on the US eventing scene and came home much
more consistent with all of his UK runs cross country jump fault free!
For the horses, and rider, the dynamic British Eventing community was fantastic. As Bear progressed up the levels from his first UK event at
Intro (equivalent to US Novice), to his last run on the blustery isle in a CCI*, the courses were educational and confidence building. He was
uber consistent in the dressage with scores consistently in the mid to low 20s, and was a cross country machine from the outset having very
few jump penalties in a myriad of runs on a new track each time out! Though Bear was not "scheduled" to take an overseas vacation at the
tender age of 5, he rose to the occasion and benefitted tremendously from the huge atmosphere, professionalism, high level of
competitiveness, and overall challenge of the courses in general. He now has many rosettes from the UK and finished in style at all of his
FEI events including a top 25% finish at Gatcombe in the CIC*, a competitive finish in the 6 year old Championships at the CIC* at
Osberton, and a top 20 finish at his CCI* at the Aldon International.
Tate also had a super last half season in the UK competing at several BE events. He became considerably more consistent in the
dressage and found his fifth leg on the cross country allowing him to finish with clear and confident runs across the country. He even
packed Kim around Gatcombe with only one stirrup!
Kim thoroughly enjoyed her time overseas both competitively, as well as professionally. As one of 28 vets at the B& W Equine Group, more
specifically the Willesley Equine Clinic outside of Tetbury, Gloucesershire, she worked long hours as a stud vet on many of England's most
famous sport horse and racing stud farms. Additionally, she had primary case responsibility as an ambulatory vet to some of England's
most competitive yards. This time overseas allowed her to embrace many of Europe's most recent veterinary advances for both breeding
horses as well as sport horses in competition. She has many tales of her trials and tribulations on the "wrong side of the road"...
Stay tuned for photographic updates from their time overseas. For now, the boys are on holiday and Kim is still unpacking!!!
December 2011: At long last, Oakley's update!
Oakley, Kim's 14 hand wonder pony, is enjoying a new career at 17 years young! For the last 2 years, she has
been eventing with pony clubber Sarah Beth Hood of the Hilltopper's Pony Club. Sarah Beth started leasing
Oakley in October of 2010 before Kim left for the UK. Knowing that her wonder pony would be well cared for and
enjoying the spoils of her own personal pony club family, Kim has been able to relive her childhood fantasies
through Oakley and Sarah Beth. 2010 was a great year for the pair, but 2011 saw a very successful move up to
Training level, completion of Sarah Beth's C3 pony club rating, qualifications attained for both show jumping and
eventing for the USPC Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky, a 6th place inidividual finish at the USPC Nationals in
Eventing at the Training level, a double clear run at the American Eventing Championships at Training Level AND
the Captain Mark Phillips' pony award AS WELL as a third place finish for Sarah Beth in the Charles Owen Cross
Country Technical Merit competition, in addition to numerous double clear finishes at USEA Training level events!
This autumn saw Sarah Beth and Oakley successfully move up to Prelim at the Hilltopper's Pony Club Combined
Test AND their USHJA debut with a Champion in the Children's/Adult Jumper division.