Competition Horses

Journeyman – “Bally” is a 2011, 16.1 hand Irish sport horse gelding by Puissance. Bally was produced through the levels to 2* by Sam Watson and Michael Jung, resulting in a super start to his career. He was imported in December 2019 and is now competing at the 3* level. Bally is a super sweet horse with a cheeky pony side to him. He has lots of character and is always begging for carrots! We have high hopes for him next season in 2021.

Cherished Friend – “Buddy” is a 2008 OTTB gelding owned by Jenny Furlow. Buddy has extensive experience at the Novice level with Kate Samuels and Leslie Lamb and has a great foundation thanks to their work. Buddy is a very easy going guy and is a great horse to have in the barn, living up to his name in every way. He’ll be making his Training level debut and will continue to move up in the 2019 season as he is ready. Often referred to as “perfect buddy” he is easily a barn favorite and we’re so pleased Jenny has trusted us with him. Buddy exceeded everyone’s expectations climbing through the levels and is now competing at 3*. Looking forward to an exciting season with him next year.

Cheeky Girl – “Gemma” is a 2013 Holsteiner mare imported from Dirk Schrade in February 2019 and is owned by Arnold Sekreve. Gemma has a great demeanor and has shown a smart willing personality under saddle. She made her Eventing debut in the spring of 2019 and has had many top placings, with a move up to Training level in the Fall of 2019. Gemma is on the smaller side of our string but makes up for it with a large presence. She’s a complete gem to handle and takes everything thrown at her in stride, always loving a good scratch when being tucked in at night. Gabby plans to aim for the 2* level in 2021 with Gemma.

Royal Sempatica: “Tika” is a 2015, 16.1 hand Oldenburg mare by Puissance. Tika was purchased in 2019 by GDE client Stephanie Bajo as an Amateur eventer for herself. Steph has trusted GDE to produce and compete Tika so that they can successfully learn the ins and outs of the sport as a partnership together. Tika is a fan favorite with her striking coloring and has the heart to match. She has come along so well this season and is competing at the Training level. We look forward to continuing Tika’s progress in 2021 and will see Steph out on her at some events as well.

Past Competition Horses

Fernhill Fearles “Sparky” – “Sparky” is a 2000, 16.0 hand Irish Thoroughbred gelding.  In August 2016, Gabby announced that she was extremely excited that she was given the ride on Kim Severson’s 4* and 2014 Normandy World Championship horse, Fernhill Fearless. She was truly humbled by Kim’s generosity and beyond grateful for the opportunity. Just as the Ligon family graciously gave Sparky to Kim after Nina Ligon competed him in the 2012 London Olympics representing Thailand, Kim had passed him on to Gabby at a time in her Eventing career where she will be able to benefit infinitely from Sparky’s experience.  Gabby completed the end of a short 2016 season with Sparky at the Virginia CIC 2* and had an active start to the 2017 season at the 3* level.  In May 2017, Sparky suffered a fatal stable accident at home and although Gabby only had him for a brief period, she learned so much from him and loved and respected every bit of who he was, every day. He was a true Fearless champion, and was sweet and kind while being a tough little fighter through and through.

Governor SGS “Governor” – “Governor” is a 2011, 17 hand  KWPN gelding by Idocus Crown out of Jaermeester Ster, owned by GDE.  Governor debuted his Eventing career with Gabby in the Spring of 2016 and continued to excel in his new profession through 2017 by moving up to the Preliminary level.  Governor finished his first CCI2*-L in the fall of 2017 and trained up to the 3* level with Gabby through the fist half of 2019.

Infinite Truth “Harry” – “Harry” is a 2006, 16.2 hand Thoroughbred gelding by Salute the Truth, bred and owned by Anne Riley.  Harry has competed through the 2** level under Liz Riley while completing his first Advance horse trial at Millbrook in August 2015.  Gabby spent the remainder of the 2015 season competing Harry, finishing up competing him at the 3* level in 2016.