I’m Perfect – 15yr TB mare evented through Preliminary level
Alpengeist – 6yr Oldenburg gelding in training with Courtney
“I have been riding with Courtney for around 20 years. I started eventing after I joined pony club and started leasing a horse in middle school. I started riding with Courtney when I was 16, and I was one of her first working students in Pennsylvania. When I went to college in Virginia I continued to ride with Courtney during the summer and on school breaks. I also spent the winter as a working student with Courtney in Florida the year between college and veterinary school.
“Courtney has helped me start several off the track thoroughbreds in eventing, and has helped develop the two homebred horses I have. My first homebred was the East Coast Young Event Horse reserve champion, and with Courtney’s help I brought her up through Preliminary level before sending her to Courtney to be sold when I became pregnant. My second homebred, Alpengeist, just moved up to Preliminary level with Courtney.
“I have continued to ride with Courtney because I always trust her to push me hard enough to ride to the best of my ability, while not pushing me beyond my limits. Throughout the years Courtney has not only been a great coach but also a good friend, and is one of the few people I trust to send my horses to when I have been unable to ride them myself. I always know they will receive the best care and expert training while they are with her.”
Kelly & Seth Beaver
Kelly’s horse is Sempre Fino (Hobbs), a 16 year old TB gelding evented through CCI**.
Seth’s horse is Mr. Bojangles (Jango), a 15 year old Canadian Warmblood evented through Preliminary.
Kelly began her riding career in Middleburg, VA at the age of 6. She was active in Hunters/Jumpers until moving to Pennsylvania at the age of 11 when she transitioned to eventing and became active in Pony Club. She evented through Training level before attending Lehigh University. While beginning her career Kelly met Seth at UGI Utilities and introduced him to eventing and he caught the bug. Seth was new to riding and they bought a quarter horse for him to learn. As Kelly and Seth progressed through the levels they were both in search of new equine partners when they met Courtney.
Kelly’s goal had always been to ride at the upper levels, but finding the right team had been a struggle. Kelly bought Hobbs from Courtney in 2010 and began training with her shortly after that and were able to achieve their goal of completing Fairhill CCI** in October 2015. Courtney found Jango for Seth in 2013 and they have had much success at the Novice and Training level, most recently moving up to Preliminary.
“Courtney’s biggest contribution to my riding program has been her support and help for me to build confidence in my ability. She is tough, but encouraging and continues to challenge me. She allows you to learn from your mistakes and makes you feel like you can succeed without being perfect. She truly cares about helping us reach our goals while keeping our horses happy and healthy. She has helped Seth and I find perfect equine partners and I wouldn’t buy or sell my horse with anyone else in the future. Hobbs and Jango have taken both Seth and I further than we ever could have imagined.” ~Kelly
“Courtney allows us to be part of her journey in the sport as well. It was amazing to watch her achieve one of her dreams completing Rolex in 2016 on her homebred, Who’s a Star (Tag). We have seen how dedicated she is to her craft and her horses and were thrilled to be there with her at Rolex. This dedication has, and continues to inspire us as equestrian athletes. She has a huge support system through the relationships she’s cultivated over the years. It’s obvious when you see how many people were rooting for her that she is one of the most supportive professionals out there and constantly exhibits true horsemanship.” ~Seth
Vegas Run a 2005 16.2H TB gelding competed through Preliminary.
“Working for Courtney since 2014 has been a career changer. A year or so ago we talked about my riding and where I wanted to be, not owning a horse it was very challenging to find rides competing above novice and I know that eventually I want to make an attempt at Rolex, and riding novice forever wasn’t going to get me there…
“While we were in Aiken during the winter of 2015 Courtney told me that I could compete she and Neal’s horse, Vegas Run, at training level when we got back to PA. So when we got home from Aiken, I got to work and within a few months and Novice events later I was looking forward to doing my first Training. Little did I know that I would be successfully going Preliminary in Aiken during the 2016 season!
“It has been so much fun, and such a learning curve getting to know Vegas and riding at the Preliminary level. I am looking forward to competing at the AEC’s and seeing where we are after that. I am very thankful for the knowledge that Courtney has continued to provide me with and share.”