Echo Valley Equestrian Blog | New Website 07/15


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    Our Horses

    Stallions

    ID Number Name Breed Gender Primary Dicipline Points Secondary Dicipline Points Breeding
    #3224 SG Infernal Devices KWPN Stallion Show Hunting 105 Show Jumping 90 PM
    #18457 DVEC Vuelt KWPN Stallion Show Jumping 145 Eventing 161 PM
    #22701 Code of Valor Thoroughbred Stallion Flat Racing 93 - - PM
    #23698 WD Outta My Sky KWPN Stallion Show Jumping 137 Eventing 85 PM
    #25560 Adonai VDH Hanovarian Stallion Eventing 46 Dressage 40 Unavailable
    #25102 PCRA Music In Me KWPN Stallion Show Jumping 73 Eventing 70 PM
    #25939 EVH Not My Style KWPN Stallion Show Jumping 35 Eventing 12 Unavailable
    #26860 Secret Code Thoroughbred Stallion Flat Racing 58 - - Unavailable
    #26568 Inverin's Eldarion Connemara Stallion Pony Show Jumping 55 - - Unavailable
    #27045 Above All Thoroughbred Colt Flat Racing 17 - - Unavailable
    #23493 PCRA Wild Fire KWPN Stallion Show Jumping 37 - - Unavailable
    #28826 EVH Ambassador Australian Warmblood Stallion Dressage - Show Jumping - Unavailable
    #Pending WM End Run Criollo Stallion Western Dressage - - - Unavailable

    Mares

    ID Number Name Breed Gender Primary Dicipline Points Secondary Dicipline Points Breeding
    #10696 AGEC Peanut Brittle Connemara Mare Dressage 0 Pony Show Jumping 30 Unavailable
    #15890 QMR One Starry Night Classical KNN Mare Dressage 64 Classical Dressage 21 Unavailable
    #17486 PCRA Mariposa del Vuelo KWPN Mare Show Jumping 101 Eventing 56 PM
    #19873 PCRA La Costa KWPN Mare Eventing 111 Show Jumping 51 PM
    #21451 EVH Cytokineses Thoroughbred Mare Show Jumping (Retired) 106 Dressage (Retired) 106 PM
    #23003 RDEC Night Thief KWPN Mare Eventing 88 Dressage 122 PM
    #23532 PCRA Murasaki KWPN Mare Show Jumping 119 Eventing 102 N/A
    #23605 SBS Avasha KWPN Mare Show Jumping 63 - - Unavailable
    #24138 VDF Vindicated KWPN Mare Eventing 73 Dressage 64 N/A
    #24449 EVH Nocturne KWPN Mare Eventing 85 Show Jumping 72 -
    #24522 WP Toy Story Australian Warmblood Mare Dressage 92 Show Jumping 63 -
    #24779 Extalia VDH KWPN Mare Eventing 71 Show Jumping 88 -
    #25113 Fine Design Thoroughbred Mare Flat Racing (Retired) 112 Eventing 48 Available 1/17
    #25994 Light and Dust QM Hanovarian Mare Eventing 50 Show Jumping 53 Unavailable
    #26213 Visionary HW KWPN Mare Eventing 17 Dressage 33 Unavailable
    #26724 WPW Fire in a Flask Arabian Mare Endurance 9 Dressage 38 Unavailable
    #26788 WP Regal Blue KWPN Filly Dressage 26 Eventing 26 Unavailable
    #27443 EVH Airman Thoroughbred Filly Show Jumping 10 Eventing 18 Unavailable
    #27948 WDKH Aquarius Kinsky Horse Filly Eventing 18 - - Unavailable
    #27967 Triple Sec Irish Draught Mare Dressage 11 Eventing 40 Unavailable
    #28022 BP Golden Channel Thoroughbred Filly Flat Racing 7 - - Unavailable

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    Introducing...

    QMR One Starry Night. Starry Night is a Classical Knabstrupper mare who is used as a beginner dressage lesson horse. She is fantastic with children and extremely willing even at the upper levels. When not being ridden by children, she is a personal favorite of Starla Owari (pictured above).

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    Inverin's Eldarion. Eldarion is our very first connemara pony! Connemaras are a personal favorite of mine, as I work with them daily and own one of my own. Eldarion is quite frisky, and though was originally bought as a smaller children's mount, he will instead be ridden exclusively by me in pony show jumping.


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    I've been hard at work building, and I finally feel comfortable showing a preview of my new facilities. It's not complete, but it's getting there.

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  • Those paddocks :heart_eyes: stunning facilites!


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    Beautiful!

    What world are you building in? :)



  • Beautiful facilities! You are a good builder ;)



  • It's so green and horse friendly! :heart_eyes: Your hard work paid off, it's wonderful!


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    Replies

    @Neeve-Kalford - Thank you! ^_^

    @Julianna-Croft - It is a world from the Russian ES by Anastasya Dock.

    @Borja-Domecq - Thank you, I'm pretty happy with it :)

    @Merida-Dahmer - It is, I have high hopes for it :)



  • I love the look of your facilities, especially those curvy pastures. My pastures always end up such strange shapes :laughing:


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    EWE All for Naught

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    EWE All for Naught was imported from Ireland as a yearling. We took a big risk with her, but she has come through for us. She has been extremely successful in her racing career of 11 starts (as of 03/17) and broke her maiden her first time out. Her record to date is three wins, three places, and one show ( 3 | 3 | 1 | 4). She has 86 points in flat racing and will retire to eventing once she reaches 100 points.

    Above All

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    Above All (left) came from Sophie Lawrence and just started his racing career. He has shown great promise in training, but did not do terribly well on the track in his first race. He broke his maiden his second time out, though, and I do have high hopes for him. His record is currently one win and an unplaced (1 | 0 | 0 | 1). I'm anxious to see how he will do in the future. EWE Achilles (right) was recently sold to Blake Bellanaris.

    EWE Airman

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    Airman is not going to be sent to the track. She has started her training, but I feel like she would do better as a show jumper. She is by Ocean Pearl's Benzin and out of EWE Cytokineses.

    EWE Cytokineses

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    Cytokineses was my very first horse and has been with me through many many moves and seen many horses come and go. She is a loving mother of two, and while on the verge of retirement, she's still lively and ready to go whenever the time arises.

    Eastbourgh's Sleepy Sheep

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    Sheepy is our little horse that could. He started out as a polo pony, but just couldn't keep up. He has the heart for running, though, and while he never raced, he has excelled in eventing. He's sitting at 92 lifetime points (Eventing: 50 | Show Hunting: 42).


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    About Me

    I felt as though I should do this sooner rather than later. My name is Heather Tann, and I am a university student in the United States. I have been simming since 2014 and been an equus member since December of 2015. I am majoring in Equine Science with the goal of vet school, though that is still up in the air. Regardless, I will graduate a certified equine vet tech.

    I dabbled in digital art and animation in highschool, mostly cartoony things. If you've been to my stable's website, you've probably seen my goofy "Image coming soon" filler pic of one of my OCs for a comic that never got finished.

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    I work off of GIMP and a combo of my ancient Wacom Bamboo pen tablet and my laptop's touchpad (though you will probably rarely see any edited photos because GIMP sucks for that sort of thing). I custom built my laptop, because my other passion is gaming. I mostly PC game, various MMORPG stuff and frequently get contracts for testing. That's unimportant, though, because if anyone's actually reading this, you probably want to hear about my horse.

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    This is Big Bear's Cornelius (Cory), my connemara. I've had him since birth, and he'll be 12 coming up in May, so we've been together a while. We are eventers, and I've taken him up to training level, though I myself have gone through Intermediate. He has his quirks, but I love him for it. What would life be without a little fun here and there? (and by fun, I mean bucking for no reason)

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    (I want to say this was in 2008)

    I started out riding at 5 years old. I did strictly hunters for a couple of years, did okay, and then switched riding schools. From there, I started eventing on my first pony, Diamond. Diamond was a little blood bay grade pony of unknown origin. My family rescued him from the animal shelter, and I had him for maybe two years before he died having been let loose from his pasture in a not-so-funny prank that ended with him being hit by a car. I lost interest in riding for a bit after that, switched barns again, and got Cory. I started out again with hunters on Cory, but I knew I was an eventer at heart. We moved barns frequently during my childhood, and during that time I had the opportunity to try Hunter Pacing and Fox Hunting (which, if ever you get an opportunity, you should totally do).
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    It was around this time that I had my first big accident. I was jumping in the summer of 2013, and everything was going perfectly. After we came off a small crossrail. I suddenly saw his head go down and the ground rushing up to meet me. The next thing I know, I'm spitting out sand and my horse is laying beside me. My first thought was, "oh no, he broke his neck". Thankfully, that was not the case. He got up and was fine, albeit sore and with a small wound on his chest. I, on the other hand, was in shock and didn't notice I had torn half of my chin off and was bleeding everywhere. I was rushed to the hospital for 15 stitches. Come to find out, he had just tripped one stride after landing, on what, who knows. In fact, my mother (who was watching on in horror), got a picture of it. Heh, that was a fun day... not. I took a month off, and then was back to riding.

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    When I was 16 years old, I was invited to exercise a family friend's racehorse, and that is also something to try if ever given the chance. I spent about 6 months doing that before I moved barns again.

    In the winter of 2014, I had my second bad accident. It was cold, and I'm from the "north", so it can get to be below zero some days. I had not ridden consistently all season, as I boarded and the farm was some ways away. My trainer was there with me, egging me on, but I was stiff and out of shape and knew I couldn't keep my leg as still as I should have been. My pony, the trickster that he is, could feel that I wasn't really paying attention, so coming around the corner of the arena at a canter, he stopped dead and bucked twice. The first buck unseated me. The second incorporated a graceful twist-and-kick routine that would have been cute had I not gone flying and taken a hoof to the face. Now, my horse is 14.3hh on a good day, but I'm not much better at 5'0 exactly and 120lbs. That kick felt like slamming into a brick wall. I passed out and woke up almost immediately, but helmet-less and disoriented. I had bitten through my bottom lip, so there was blood and I couldn't speak all that well. Being the horsewoman that I am, of course I got up and went to retrieve my helmet. Yes, my helmet had flown off. No, it wasn't because it was too lose. It was because it was in three pieces. The visor had snapped. and just about half of it had broken off, leaving it completely unwearable. Later, I realized that my helmet saved my life, for without it, I would most definitely be dead.

    My horse is not a malicious creature. Usually I ride his bucks with ease, reprimanding him and getting on with life. Today was different. Today he had wanted to hurt me, though why, I'm still not sure. All I know is I got a new helmet and remounted, only to be thrown again because I obviously was not as okay as I thought and had verbalized. With the second fall, my trainer took the reins from me and got on herself, which never ever happens as I trained Cory myself and she's much bigger than me. She rode him for two hours. I think he regrets what he did. I drove home that day and picked up my little sister. We went to the library and then out for ice cream. I felt fine, besides a slight headache. I did not wake up the next morning.

    When I did wake, I was in the hospital. Apparently I was concussed. I didn't remember. They did all sorts of tests on me for days, and when I did go home, I was told to come back every week until I was better. I was in and out for 6 months doing all sorts of studies. My memories came back, but I had received permanent brain damage. They told me I shouldn't ride again. Yeah, I thought they were silly too.

    I did listen, though, for a while. I took the summer off, leased out Cory, and focused on resting. I was set to go to college in the fall and didn't want to mess that up. Concussion number two happened that fall, while lunging. I just bumped my head, nothing major at all. Most people wouldn't even notice. I lost years worth of memories. Finished my first semester, and dropped. I took the next year to rest, and went back in the fall to a new school and a new major. Concussion number three happened via trauma while doing groundwork with a different horse. That one wasn't serious, it just set me back a little. But I pressed onward, because horses are what I love.

    I write this silly monologue from my desk, two years later. I ride every day, without headaches. I still have some trouble learning, but it's manageable. I'm doing what I love, with the people I love, and the horse that I love. Cory is here at school with me, and I'm happy to inform you that he hasn't gotten me off since. There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get me where I am today, but it was all worth it. I didn't give up. I suppose the moral to my story is if you're passionate about something, never give up, even if the world is against you.

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    I am proud to present our two newest additions: February 2017 babies!

    First to drop is EWE Divine Direction. She is a chestnut KWPN filly by WD Outta My Sky, out of Extalia VDH. She receives +8 in Eventing and +6 in Show Jumping

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    EWE Nocturne foaled second, and proved herself as a broodmare. Her colt, EWE Completionist, is by DVEC Vuelt and receives +13 in Eventing and +7 in Show Jumping.

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    Both foals will be for sale in March and come with custom markings.



  • Oh I love the two chestnuts they are gorgeous :heart_eyes: And I love the little colt he is very elegant! I'm excited to see them grown up!



  • I love EWE Completionist, I need she for my eventing team :heart_eyes: And Nocturne is amazing too


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    Newest Additions

    WDKH Aquarius

    • #27948, 02/17
    • WDKH Azor Ahai x PCRA Murasaki
    • Kinsky Horse bred by Wester Drumlins

    Aquarius has a future in both Show Jumping and eventing.

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    Triple Sec

    • #27961, 02/16
    • On The Rocks PJ x Ferns Lass T
    • Irish Draught bred by Emily Preston-James

    "T" will carry on in her parent's legacy competing in dressage and eventing.

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    EWE Not My Style

    • #25939, 08/16
    • WD Outta My Sky x EWE Cytokineses
    • KWPN bred by me

    Style has returned to us and will stay with me for the remainder of his life.

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    AGEC Peanut Brittle

    • #10696, 10/12
    • Foundation
    • Connemara bred by Cristyne Westwood

    The future foundation of my connemara breeding program.

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    Pictured above: WM End Run (left) is our newest addition. He is a blue roan overo Criollo import from @Cat-Shepherd, and I have plans to show him in Working Equitation. Pictured right is EVH Nocturne, a homebred KWPN.



  • Dang, you've got some fine new additions :heart_eyes: EWE Not My Style's head is so refined, love it!

    The pasture End Run & Nocturne are in seems like the perfect pasture for a horse - big and hilly :3


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    (Pictured: Above All, bred by Sophie Lawrence)

    Hello everyone! I've been super busy with both my real life horse and the competition committee here on Equus, which has more or less prevented me from editing anything at all. It's Show season IRL, and with horse shows about every other week, I've been up to my ears with horsie things (but that isn't the worst problem I could have). That said, I haven't been as "active" on the forum as I'd like to be, aside from show hosting. I'd like to change that here soon, but as I've no new pictures for you, I'd like to show off my
    New (under construction) website.

    Unfortunately I don't have as much time to devote to being in game to take pictures as I would like to, but I have been working on updating my website and horse profiles. The mobile version is not at all polished and is rather clunky as of now, so I apologize for this, but bear with me. Not all of my oodles of ponies have profiles yet, but I'm adding a few every day and I'm happy with the progress. Most of the images are place holders and will be edited when I find the time to do so, but without further ado... Click here!



  • Wow beautiful grounds, photos and horses, very nice work.


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    Although vaulting is no longer a discipline here on Equus, it is a major part of my life. Even though vaulting is not super popular in the USA, I am part of my University's competitive vaulting team. The people I have met in the past couple of years have become some of my closest friends, so I just wanted to do a small shoutout to the sport.



  • Beautiful horse and photo, that is too bad about vaulting not apart of the shows here on this site. Maybe some day they will add it.



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