Monday, July 27, 2015

MLE Welcomes Linder Educational Coaching!

We are so excited to welcome new Search Engine Marketing client, Linder Educational Coaching! Linder Educational Coaching is located in Arlington, Virginia. Kristin and the rest of the Linder team work hard to provide a comprehensive approach to learning through three main areas of service: private coaching, an after school program called The Hub and workshops. Unlike other tutoring or after school programs, Linder caters to students with ADD, ADHD, other LDs, behavioral issues and problems with executive functioning.  As individuals, those at Linder Educational Coaching have a collection of very different backgrounds individually with school and learning. As a group, they provide a wealth of knowledge, experiences, and ideas to every client. If you or someone you know is looking for help with your child, contact Linder today at: or for general questions or more information e-mail or call Kristin directly at (703) 672-0506.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Training Openings at McQuillan Equestrian

McQuillan Equestrian located in Middleburg, Virginia currently has openings for horses in training. McQuillan Equestrian's training program is tailored on a horse by horse basis with the needs and goals of the horse's owners in mind. Both Sean and Kendra have extensive backgrounds in training horses for success in a wide variety of disciplines, including eventing, dressage, hunters, show jumping and fox hunting. We pride ourselves on being patient and adaptable riders that put emphasis on giving each horse the confidence to do their jobs to the best of their ability with enjoyment while ensuring they are well broke and simple to ride. McQuillan Equestrian's training program puts an emphasis on the horse’s physical and mental well-being and includes honest assessments of each horse’s ability level and sporting preference. The horses enjoy excellent care and turnout, consistency, 24-hour care and a positive environment all of which combined makes them very happy animals ready to fulfill their potential.


Full training, partial training and various training/lesson combination packages are available! 
Contact Kendra McQuillan for more information at
To learn more about McQuillan Equestrian, please visit their website at

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

University of Louisville Equine Industry Ireland Trip (Jamie Humphries)

I recently came back from a ten-day trip to Ireland with the Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville. It was a fantastic experience because we were able to get a taste of both the racing and sport horse sides of the Ireland equine industry.

150th Irish Derby at the Curragh Racetrack
       On the racing side, we visited the Curragh racetrack to witness the amazing Thoroughbred, Jack Hobbs, make history by winning the 150th Irish Derby. While there, we met with trainer Dermot Weld. He discussed the differences between how racing is run and operated in Ireland versus in the United States. The main aspect that struck me was how personalized the training procedures are. Each horse is assigned a stable hand that personally oversees his or her daily care. The horses are all hand walked and grazed; there are no mechanical hot walkers on the property. The time spent per horse averages one and a half hours versus the typical half hour in the United States. Also, during a race, a jockey on a horse with no chance of winning is not allowed to whip his horse. Horses that are in the running to win must be given recovery time between each use of the whip. Weld meant it when he told us “personalization is key.”

        Coolmore Stud - Australia                     Greatest Sire in the World - Galileo                      Living Legends Horses
           Before Thoroughbreds start their racing career, they have to go through training and prep work. In the United States, a lot of racehorses are trained on a racetrack facility; however, in Ireland, racehorses are trained at private farms. We had the chance to visit Coolmore Stud and the Irish National Stud to witness the breeding and training side of Irish Thoroughbred racing. At Coolmore, we were able to meet the famous stallions So You Think, Australia, and the striking Galileo, who is universally acknowledged as the current greatest sire in the world.  At the Irish National Stud, we had the pleasure of viewing their Living Legends, past equine superstars who are living out their retirement in a life of luxury on the facility. At both facilities, the care of the stallions was remarkable. The personalized operation system is seen through the stallions’ calm temperaments; they are clearly handled and pampered often.

Demonstration given at the Gisela Holstein
confirmation master class
On the sport horse side of the Ireland equine industry, we met a few amiable individuals. If you have been riding for a while, there is no doubt that you have met one or two quirky trainers. Gisela Holstein fit that description, and she was definitely entertaining to learn from. We attended her sport horse master class in conformation and she showed us her creatively-drawn diagrams and compared those pictures to her horses. She had an interesting perspective and I learned a lot about the differences between Irish and German body types. I also learned a lot of curious conformation vocabulary (“hanging/canopy bridge” refers to the muscular structure of the topline of a horse, “banana left/right” refers to which side of the horse is stronger).
           We also got to meet Elaine Hatton, director of International Marketing at Horse Sport Ireland. This is basically Ireland’s version of USEF; they are the umbrella that covers each discipline of the sport horse industry. The most interesting aspect that I learned from this visit was that Horse Sport Ireland will pay part of the flight cost to fly you out to Ireland if you are searching for an Irish equine prospect. This is good news for those of us interested in purchasing an Irish Sport Horse! Anyone want to take a trip with me?

The beautiful Connemara pony mare
that I rode through Phoenix Park
Hatton was very generous and gave us all tickets to see the “Jumping in the City” show-jumping competition in Dublin. We watched Jason Higgins and Liam O’Meara pull off the amazing feat of jumping the 6’7” wall in the Puissance class. After this excitement, our group decided it was time for us to personally experience the Irish equestrian world. We went on two rides in Phoenix Park and Galway. We adventured through the city streets, saw amazing views of the valley and mountain scenery, and jumped cross country obstacles while galloping through sheep fields (even almost jumped sheep that were hiding behind a coop). It was such a fun experience that even our one rider who took a spill was laughing through it!

                                              View of Galway fields and                        Pretty Lady - The ISH mare 
                                                 the Connemara Ponies                                I rode through Galway                                   
Overall, this trip was an unforgettable experience. I loved every minute of it and am looking forward to the day when I will be able to return to this beautiful country. I would recommend visiting Ireland to any avid horse person who wants to travel or learn more about the equine cultures of other countries. And if you go there for the purpose of looking for an Irish-bred horse, you can get some of the cost covered! Can’t get any better than that! Go hop on a plane, you won’t regret it!

Jamie Humphries
University of Louisville
Intern with Mythic Landing Enterprises LLC

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Look Who's For Sale!

Are you in the market for your next talented equine partner? MLE's clients have a wide variety of horses for sale to suit all levels of riders. Here are just a few that are currently being offered for sale! 

                                                               C Square Farm (Courtney Cooper), Nottingham, PA
Lusi - 2007, 16.1H, Bay Dutch Warmblood Cross Mare
Lusi is a talented prospect for any discipline. She recently finished in 3rd place at her last Novice event is entered in her first Training-level event. She has plenty of scope for more and is a very good jumper and mover. She is not mareish at all and is very easy to handle on the ground. Lusi is brave, athletic and a lot of fun that is a true athlete! Any reasonable offers will be considered. Lusi is best suited for a junior, young rider, adult amateur rider and is even  talented enough for a professional. Asking $22,500. Contact Courtney Cooper for more information at or 610-932-5832. Visit to see Courtney's other horses for sale!

McQuillan Equestrian (Sean McQuillan), Middleburg, VA
Quintango - 2010, 16.2H, Paint Dutch WB/TB Mare 
Quinn is a very talented, super flashy mare with a ton of potential and excellent bloodlines. Sired by Contango out of Harlequin, a Preliminary-level eventing mare, Quinn has both the movement and scope to be very good in a number of disciplines. She is a very sweet mare with a willing attitude and has the brains to go with the talent! She was introduced to cross-country just last year and loved it, very brave and willing. She had the winter off to grow and develop and is now just back to work building muscle and learning her craft! Appropriate for anyone capable of bringing along a young horse, an excellent size for a variety of riders being tall but not wide. An excellent young prospect! Asking $20,000. Contact Kendra McQuillan for more information at Visit to see Sean's other horses for sale! 

Playland Equestrian Center (Glenda Player), Union Bridge, MD 
PL Layla - 2011, 15.2H+, Bay Irish Sport Horse Mare 
Layla is by PL Diamond Hill and out of PL Eladdinn’s Lite. She is currently under saddle at the walk/trot/canter and also jumping 2’3″- 2’6” courses. Layla has also schooled Beginner Novice cross-country fences with ease! Besides her incredible scope and quick knees she also has a quiet, willing disposition and good ground manners. Layla will make an excellent jumper, dressage or event prospect. She has been taken to Future Event Horse competitions and has also competed in her first dressage schooling show doing very well. Layla behaves well off the property, in the arena, or in the open fields. Her price will increase as training increases. Come out and see her jumping talent for yourself! Asking $14,000. Contact Glenda Player for more information at or 301-788-1188. Visit to see Glenda's other horses for sale!

Katie Wherley Equestrian, Middletown, MD
Absolute Addiction - 2006, 17H, Bay Thoroughbred Gelding
Absolute Addiction, aka "Gus," is for sale. He has evented through the Training-level and also done the jumpers. Although he is a talented jumper, unfortunately, Gus doesn't love cross-country so we think he will best excel in the jumper ring. Gus would be perfect as a Children\'s or Adult amateur jumper with the scope and potential to do the 4-foot jumper classes. He is an easy ride who jumps from any distance. He has been successfully showing in the 1.0 meter classes and is moving up to the 1.1 meter classes at the end of the month. With his temperament and sweet personality Gus could also be made into a nice Equitation horse as well with a little time and finishing work. We are accepting serious inquiries only, and a good home an absolute must! Asking $30,000. Contact Katie Wherley for more information at Visit to see Katie's other horses for sale!

Stephen Bradley Eventing, White Post, VA 
Tudor Bridge - 2007, 16.1H, Bay Thoroughbred Gelding 
Tudor has an incredible work ethic and a wonderful desire to please. He has competed through Novice, but is progressing quickly and is showing the talent and scope for upper-level competition. While still a bit green, Tudor is a complete professional both at home and away at shows. This talented gelding is best suited for an ambitious amateur or young rider, but could also go far with a professional. Asking $15,000. Contact Stephen Bradley for more information at Visit to see Stephen's other horses for sale! 

Full Moon Farm, Finksburg, MD 
FMF Snowflake - 2008, 14.1H, Appaloosa/Paint Mare 
Flakey is a large pony with a substantial body that can be ridden by an adult rider with no problem. She has very smooth gaits, a cute jump and is very brave. She goes right through water and loves being out on the cross-country course! She is currently very useful in our lesson program, tolerates lots of riders but isn't the  happiest with beginners.  She prefers a quiet balanced intermediate rider. Happy to trail ride alone or in company. Flakey would make a super pony club mount and is currently jumping around 2'6" now. Asking $5,500 OBO. Contact Karen Fulton for more information at or 410-795-8371. Visit to see Full Moon Farm's other horses for sale! 

Sleeping Fox Farm, Martinsburg, WV
Ark of Ages - 2010,  Dark Bay Thoroughbred Gelding
Ark is unraced and was donated in the fall of 2014. He is schooling at Beginner Novice-level eventing. He has no injuries and is ready for adoption/sale. Adoption fee: $7,500. Contact Angie Francart for more information at Visit to see Sleeping Fox Farm's other horses for adoption!

Destination Farm, Dickerson, MD
Kingston Flyer - 2011, 17.2H, Chestnut Thoroughbred Gelding
Kingston only raced once- he does not want to go fast! Beautiful mover and a brave jumper who is quiet to his fences. Currently doing Training-level dressage and schooling BN level SJ/XC. Will be ready to start competing soon! Very fancy and amateur friendly! A big puppy dog! Price will increase with training and competition miles. Contact Natalie Hollis for more information at or 410-615-3673. Visit to see Destination Farm's other horses for sale!

A Bit Better Farm (Kelley Williams), Brookeville, MD
Very Tasteful - 2010, 16.2H, Bay Thoroughbred Gelding
Tate is an absolute knockout and a horse you will fall head over heels for in no time flat. He is without question a barn favorite and we will all be sad to see him go BUT he IS a sale horse! Tate has made the move up to Training-level with ease this spring and with just a bit more time and strength he should be ready to move to Preliminary this fall. He is lovely on the flat and has scope to spare over fences and he has yet to be impressed by anything he has seen on cross-country. If you are looking for an upper-level prospect, here he is. Asking $35,000. Contact Kelley Williams for more information at or 301-774-7258. Visit to see A Bit Better Farm's other horses for sale!

SAS Sport Horses (Shera Solomon), Poolesville, MD
Dolce - 2008, Bay KWPN Registered Dutch Warmblood Mare 
Dolce is out of the Hassler Dressage Flagship Stallion, Harmony's Rousseau. This girl does it all!! She would be best suited for a career in dressage, hunters or low-level eventing. She is currently too calm and easy going for her professional rider and would be well suited for an AA or Jr. Rider. She is scoring 70%+ at First Level and is currently schooling Second Level and jumping at 2'9. She has gone cross-country with a junior rider and has taken Champion at EVERY Hunter show so far! Self loads, ties, trail rides. No vices and sound. As Dolce's career continues her price WILL go up. Asking $25,000. Contact Shera for more information at or 301-437-0293. Visit to see SAS Sport Horses' other horses for sale! 
Rolling Acres Farm, Brookeville, MD
Rintoo - 2006, 16.3H, Canadian Bay Warmblood Gelding  
Rintoo is a top 3'3" equitation and hunter horse and he was the winner at the Mid Atlantic Equitation Festival in 2014! Contact Patty Foster for more information at or 301-461-7159. Visit to see Rolling Acres' other horses for sale!