Thursday, March 27, 2014

An Evening at the Races?? Yes, please!

Have you purchased your tickets yet?

Evening at the Races at Rosecroft Raceway 
Saturday, April 12th, Starting at 5:00pm

Rosecroft celebrates its 65th Anniversary!

Come See the Pacers and Trotters!
Rosecroft Raceway
6336 Rosecroft Drive
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Member Tickets - $35
(MHC Members may purchase as many tickets as they'd like.)
Non-Member Tickets - $50
(Comes with a 1-year Individual Membership!)

Join us for an evening of great speakers and races!
A buffet dinner is included with your ticket*
(*gratuity is not included)
(Photo courtesy of Vicki Wright)
5:30 pm - Ted Black
Mid-Atlantic Chapter of United States Harness Writers Association & Reporter for the Gazette
Will handicap races 1-4

6:00 pm - Helene Gregory & Jennifer Conner
Talk about Racing Under Saddle - Monte racing, a hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing. A popular pari-mutuel sport in Europe and Australia, where many top trotters and drivers compete in both sulky and under-saddle races.

6:40 pm - 1st race to the gate

7:00pm - 2nd race

7:05 pm - Karen Craft         
Trustee of Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 
Director of Facilities for Harrington Raceway.

7:20pm 3rd race

7:40pm 4th race

7:45pm - Julia Jesu
Close-Up Show Stables

8:15pm - Tom Cooke         
CSOA Standardbred Owners' Association

Time frame between races is subject to change
To Join MHC or to renew your membership, click HERE.

To check your current membership status, please email Margaret Rizzo McKelvy at

Monday, March 24, 2014

Great Results at Carolina International!

Courtney Cooper with Who's A Star
at an event last year.
A bunch of the MLE riders were out competing at the inaugural Carolina International CIC & Horse Trials. We had some top finishes including:

Will Faudree WON the CIC1* with Riesling De Buissy!  He also finished 3rd in the same division with Pfun!  Both of these rising stars are owned by Sterling Silver Stables' Jennifer Mosing.

Courtney Cooper and her homebred Who's A Star (aka "Tag") were 6th in a huge Advanced division! Look for this pair to tackle a CCI3* this spring!

Katie Wherley competed in her first horse trials since having her son Niko at the beginning of January. She took her Advanced horse Mr. Indiscretion in an Open Preliminary division to stretch their legs and came away with a 6th place ribbon!  Next up for them in the CIC2* at The Fork!

Finally, Southwind Farm's Sheri Thornley finished 3rd in a big Open Training division aboard her own homebred Azari!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Stephen Bradley is Back! Clinic on Wednesday, April 16th!

Stephen is making his migration back north and will be back at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD) on Wednesday, April 16th.

Small group lessons (no more than 3 people) are $115 each.  A limited number of private dressage lessons are available, and are $155 each. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. 

We typically start around 11am and go until we're done, but he will teach until 7pm, so we always have one or two groups for the "after work and school" crowd.  :-)

Please let me know if you'd like to reserve a slot (or two) now. Simply e-mail me at

Stephen enjoys teaching all levels of riders from beginners to the advanced competitor. His enthusiasm, talent for communication, and ability to inspire confidence in the horse and rider make him a hit with riders of all levels. When training with Stephen, you can be confident that you will receive expert instruction for your level of riding. You can learn more about Stephen at

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Newest Grid Pro Quo article out!

This month's Grid Pro Quo for EventingUSA magazine just arrived in our mailbox!  Special thanks to Imtiaz Anees for working with me on this month's edition.

Keep your eye out for future Grid Pro Quo articles with: Jenn Simmons, Sally Cousins, Melissa Hunsberger, Holly Hudspeth and Jessica Bortner-Harris!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New! C.O.R.E. Rider Clinic!

One of Mythic Landing’s clients, Playland Farm, is doing something for the first time that we are really excited about and want to share! They are hosting a C.O.R.E. Rider clinic on Saturday, March 22nd.  C.O.R.E. Rider is a program that Playland’s owner and resident trainer, Glenda Player, has been working towards for many years now, including multiple trips to Bad Tolz, Germany each year for proper certification.

So, you may be wondering, what exactly is C.O.R.E. Rider? CORE Rider is an acronym for Centered, Organized, Responsive, Effective riding. Through this method one learns how to use aids in a clearer, more organized and effective manner, thus developing a responsive, balanced horse. The method assists in learning a clearer sense of awareness of one’s own movements and use of self. In the process, the method promotes ease of movement, coordination, and flexibility. At the heart of the CORE Rider method is teaching oneself a greater awareness of his/her own movement. CORE Riding is about learning stability and balance through alignment.

The clinic will be broken up into two parts: an un-mounted group session and then mounted small group lessons afterwards. This format allows for riders to work on themselves and their body in the morning session without having to worry about their horse. Then, once they have the basics down, they will take what they learn in the morning and apply it while mounted in the small group riding lesson.

For more information you can visit,, OR, to sign up for the clinic you can email Erinn Murphy at: 

Check out the clinic details here: