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Equine Enterprise Profile: Leah Winston and BrookView Dressage by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   December 14, 2013 12:41


“I was born on the back of a horse.” ~ Leah Winston, quoting her mother.

When a child receives a riding helmet for her first birthday, it’s safe to say that those around
her can probably predict where she is headed.

Leah Winston’s dressage training started in the UK at her mother’s riding school, where she
soon developed a passion for eventing.

“I truly believe that growing up on Brook Farm Stables molded me into the person I am today,”      Leah says. “I saw how hard my mother worked to keep the stable functioning, maintain the well-being of all the horses, and create an atmosphere of honesty and customer satisfaction.”

Leah moved to the U.S. and has now operated her own training business for 7 years, where her mission is to help others learn the art and beauty of dressage. Today she serves a wide range of clients at BrookView Dressage  – from the trail rider needing help with how their horse moves to the serious competitor who wants to be tops in the show ring. Leah also works with young horses from the age of 2 on upwards, giving them the correct foundation for their dressage career. She can then train them up through the levels and into competition, depending on what it is their owners are seeking.

Leah’s love for horses and her passion to help others are her primary motivations. She sees her work as a pleasure, even though she puts in long, late hours. Leah highly values the relationships she has with the horses and finds joy in seeing them develop in personality as well as in athletic ability.
 
Leah describes her biggest challenge as never having enough time during the day. Yet, she also knows the importance of taking her time, never pushing ahead faster than either horse or rider can handle.

“When we rush, horses suffer, and that shows up in the results.”

Most equestrians have at least one outstanding horse at some point. For Leah, that special soul was Amintas, the Lusitano stallion she describes as “….a once in a lifetime equine love.” Their connection was so powerful that Leah felt there was nothing the horse wouldn’t do for her. She had high hopes that together they would reach the stars, but at the tender age of six, Amintas foundered in all four hooves due to a medication reaction and had to be put down.

“It was the hardest decision I ever made,” Leah says,” and the saddest day of my life.”

A year later, along came QuaterStern, sired by Quaterback in Germany out of the mare Sandro Fe. He had already been chosen as the top Oldenburg colt of 2013. When Leah first saw QuaterStern online, she felt an inexplicable spark inside.  Her heart was clearly saying that her beloved Amintas had somehow sent this colt to her, even though owning him seemed completely out of reach.

“I knew I had to find a way to get him in my life,” Leah says. “He was well over my budget. He had been bred by Debra McMillan of Ridgefield Farms in Maine and I was in Florida, which made everything seem all the more impossible.”

Some horses are destined to be in our lives and QuaterStern is definitely one of those for Leah. At the age of 6 months, he was weaned from his mother, transported from Maine to Mass where he spent three short weeks training with a handler, and then went on to Devon PA for competition,  which is where Leah met him. As Leah put it, “It was as though we had already met.”

With the help of several people, Leah was able to take QuaterStern, now known as Queue, home to reside at BrookView and enjoy his coltish life to the hilt.

“I plan on taking him to some in hand breed shows and he will be a breeding stallion a few years down the road,” Leah says, “I see a huge future for him and cannot wait to take that journey with him, hopefully into the international arena.”

There is no doubt that for QuaterStern and Leah Winston, the championships have already begun. They are definitely the pair to watch in 2014 and beyond.

Leah Winston is a well-rounded equestrian who gained much of her experience growing up on her mother’s farm in the UK. Now living in the US, she specializes in Dressage and preparing young horses for the FEI arena. Leah loves teaching the art of dressage, not only to accomplished dressage riders, but also to those just starting out and wanting to learn. Visit Leah and QuaterStern on Facebook at:
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quaterstern-RF-Queue/658584364152328

Carol Upton (604) 886-8951
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Equine Enterprise Profile: Prue Critchley and Empres

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 21, 2012 07:38

 

 

 

Prue Critchley's horse breeding business began with the purchase of a Morgan mare in 1987.  We had emigrated from the UK in 1982 and I was finally able to fulfill my dream of owning horses.  Shortly after Prue purchased an Arabian gelding, Keylyn TH Censor,  for endurance and competitive trail.  He completed 4500 miles in competition including the Tevis - one day 100 mile ride in Calfornia.   She enjoyed the characteristics so much that she decided to breed her mare to his sire.  This produced Prue's next Endurance and CTR horse, Fort William+/ who has completed over 5000 miles in competition.
 
2002 brought a major purchase to Prue's farm,  a beautiful Arabian stallion, Perdition VF (Probat x Peleryna by Algomej.)  He died very unexpectedly in 2010 - Prue was devastated to lose her special stallion. 
When *Empres became available on the sale market, Prue's thoughts were "  Here is another beautiful stallion with a very similar pedigree, A few months later, he was mine!"
 
*Empres is a son of the legendary horse Monogramm, his dam, Empressa, a Polish National Champion mare is by Probat.  Empressa is from Michalow's famous "E" line and includes the stallions Eukaliptus, Bandos and Celebes.
 
*Empres was born at Michalow State Stud, Poland in 1995 under the direction of Ignacy Jaworowski. He was Top Five colt at the Polish National Junior Show in 1996.  He successfully raced in Warsaw as a three year old and then stood at stud at various farms in Poland until he was sold through the Polish sale in 2002.  Empres relocated to the Netherlands and was shown at the Dutch National Stallion Show where he earned First Premium in 2003 and the Belgian Stallion Licencing, Gold Certification also in 2003.
 
Empres was exported to the US in 2008 where he was shown at several shows including Scottsdale where he achieved Top Fives and Top Tens in halter and sport horse classes. 
 
On arriving in Canada, Empres was shown in Sport Horse and in Main Ring Halter.  Empres finished the year top ten in Stallion Breeding.
 
2012 saw Empres winning Championship in Sport Horse In Hand at this year's Canadian National show. Empres went on to Top Ten in the large Sport Horse Under Saddle, placing 4th.
 
"September 2012,  Empres will be coming home to spend the winter relaxing and being ridden by myself." says Prue
 
Empres has sired 25 foals in Poland, several have been successful race horses, one has excelled in dressage and was named the Top Arabian Horse Under Saddle in 2009.  He has 2 foals in the US and one in Australia.  
Empres was CA and SCIDs tested upon entry into Canada.  He is SCIDs clear but a CA carrier.  We ask all mare owners to test their mares prior to breeding and only negative mares will be bred to ensure that no CA foals are ever produced.  So many of the great horses of the past have been carriers for both genetic diseases and it is fortunate now that testing is available so that potential disaster can be avoided.
 
"Empres' future looks very rosy!  He is enjoying the dressage and shows well in hand - with his wonderful disposition he has a lot to offer the Arabian horse world and we are so enjoying being a part of his success both in the ring and the breeding shed.  He will return to DJ Cairns next year for further training and showing."

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http://www.empres.ca/

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