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"My focus for riders is to help build character in all types of equestrian. No matter who they are destined to be - amateurs, professionals, riders, instructors, vets, or grooms - my hope is that they are empathetic in their interactions with horses and humans alike.  They will be slow to anger, quick to praise, and above all, treat those around them with respect.  Ribbons and prizes are not the end goal, they are the by-product of a successfully empathetic, trusting, and hard-working relationship between horse and rider.

 

My focus for horses is always first and foremost for them to feel comfortable working  - to develop trust, respect, and understanding both on the ground and under saddle.  To build a foundation so that when a horse comes across a question, they feel confident enough to solve it or look to the rider for guidance.  Working to communicate by directing their thoughts, their attention, for their feet follow their thoughts, and their feet can propel their bodies to do amazing things."

Christina Sharkey

Jun 11, 2016

May News and Happenings!

May saw the start of the local circuit season (DLSC - Dayton Local Show Circuit) and the 2nd horse trial of the season at May Daze HT...

May 11, 2016

A place for ego.

Choose the word that does not belong.
Empathy. Kindness. Forgiveness. Ego.
The nature of being a good horseman (or woman) and the beauty of collaboration.

Apr 26, 2016

A Fine Line

There comes a time in the training of every horse, for every discipline, in which a thoughtful trainer reaches a critical dilemma - do I push, or do I wait? 

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October 01, 2016

UP NEXT: Jump Start HT

Allie and Majesty will be tackling their second recognized novice HT this weekend at Jump Start.  We will also be hitting up Breakout Lexington on Saturday night for some extra fun! :D

October 08, 2016

Windfall Farm H/J Show

Windy will be attending her first show since moving to Ohio this summer, Allie will show Pebbles for the first time, and Kasa will be hitting even more jumper classes in his quest to be an anxiety-free show horse :)

October 21, 2016

Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge HT

TEAM SHARK BAIT - Jenny and Van, Allie and Majesty, and Christina and Kasa (?) will be teaming up to conquer the beginner novice courses at this year's team challenge event!

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Kasa

Kasa is a 2010 Thoroughbred gelding by Lawyer Ron (by Langfuhr) and out of Savannah's Sunrise (by Street Cry).  As a strapping 17.0hh bay with four socks and a stripe, Kasa is just as eye-catching standing still as his is in motion.  He has a lovely, correct walk, ground-covering trot, and beautiful, uphill canter. Kasa last raced early December of 2015 and has since been restarted slowly and correctly, from the ground up.  His ground manners are near-impeccable, and he has the best personality (ear rubs are his FAVORITE thing).  Kasa competed at the 2016 Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover, then traveled to Aiken for some training in January of 2017.  He's a powerful, scopey jumper with a huge future, though a bit accident-prone, so here's to hoping 2018 is finally his year ;)

 

 

Pebbles

Pebbles is a 2007 Holsteiner cross mare by a Holsteiner stallion, Aristotle, and out of a Dutch WB cross mare, Roxanne.  She was bred and is owned by Suzy Fitzsimmons and Fitz Farm in Eagle Lake, Minnesota.  Pebbles joined Christina in the fall of 2013 and competed at her first horse trial in the spring of 2014 at beginner novice.  She has since moved up to training and completed her last six training level events with no cross country jump or time penalties, most recently winning her division at IEA HT (2017) on a 26.4 after not running since coming in 2nd in the Prelim/Training hybrid division at May Daze (2016) on a 31.8.  Pebbles is extremely polite and friendly, with a little bit of quirky on the side.  Although she has some beautiful Fitz Farm stall guards, Pebbles must remain enclosed at shows lest her neighbors' equipment be turned into toys!  She is very graceful in dressage and a beautiful mover.  She jumps with powerful ease but does prefer to lope around course, so making time can be a push.  Christina hopes to try her hand at National Hunter Derbies with the ever-classy Pebbles in 2018 (and maybe finally become a Prelim rider!).

 

 

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DEVELOPING CHARACTER THROUGH RESPONSIBILITY AND EMPATHY

Christina began riding at the age of 8 and grew up competing in 4-H with her first horse, a quarter horse named Chip.  After falling in love with the pictures of horses running cross country in her yearly calendars, she decided that her goal was to start eventing and decided she needed a thoroughbred to get it done.  She spent her teenage years galloping wildly on her first OTTB, a petite spitfire named Majesty.  In 2012, she took a break from eventing with Majesty and immersed herself in the world of dressage with her young American Warmblood mare, a nurse mare foal named Addy she was given as a rambunctious 2 year old in 2009.  She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in December of 2012 and was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Wellington with Addy as a groom for dressage rider Jennifer Truett for two months following graduation.  She came home from Wellington confident that she wanted to eventually make a career out of riding and teaching. 

Through Jen, Christina met Suzy Fitzsimmons in the summer of 2013, and the following winter was given the opportunity to re-enter the eventing world and bring along Suzy’s young homebred Holsteiner/Dutch WB mare, Pebbles.  Suzy, a groundwork phenom from Minnesota and long-time student of Harry Whitney, has also spent substantial time working with and teaching Christina to develop her eye and reactions in her work on the ground.

Christina spent her first years as a professional developing a large, loyal clientele who enjoyed going to local shows together and cheering each other on.  She has trained extensively under Grand Prix rider Jennifer Truett since 2009, and she still fills the role of her assistant when needed.  

 

Christina began riding at the age of 8 and grew up competing in 4-H with her first horse, a quarter horse named Chip.  After falling in love with the pictures of horses running cross country in her yearly calendars, she decided that her goal was to start eventing and decided she needed a thoroughbred to get it done.  She spent her teenage years galloping wildly on her first OTTB, a petite spitfire named Majesty.  In 2012, she took a break from eventing with Majesty and immersed herself in the world of dressage with her young American Warmblood mare, a nurse mare foal named Addy she was given as a rambunctious 2 year old in 2009.  She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in December of 2012 and was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Wellington with Addy as a groom for dressage rider Jennifer Truett for two months following graduation.  She came home from Wellington confident that she wanted to eventually make a career out of riding and teaching. 

Through Jen, Christina met Suzy Fitzsimmons in the summer of 2013, and the following winter was given the opportunity to re-enter the eventing world and bring along Suzy’s young homebred Holsteiner/Dutch WB mare, Pebbles.  Suzy, a groundwork phenom from Minnesota and long-time student of Harry Whitney, has also spent substantial time working with and teaching Christina to develop her eye and reactions in her work on the ground.

Christina spent her first years as a professional developing a large, loyal clientele who enjoyed going to local shows together and cheering each other on.  She has trained extensively under Grand Prix rider Jennifer Truett since 2009, and she still fills the role of her assistant when needed.  

 

Windy

 

Whirlwind (Windy) is a 2007 Holsteiner cross mare by a Holsteiner stallion, Aristotle, and out of a thoroughbred mare.  She is a half-sister to Pebbles and was also bred (and is owned) by Suzy Fitzsimmons and Fitz Farm in Eagle Lake, Minnesota.  Windy joined Christina in the summer of 2016 and is currently competing in the 1.10m jumpers with her sights set on the 1.20m and 1.25m.  She has extensive experience as a jumper, having spent much of her early years in training with GP jumper Dr. Kathy Ott, Suzy's breeding partner and friend.  She was competed by a junior in the lower divisions and has schooled up to 4'6" at home.  She is competent through 2nd level in dressage, but is working on improving on her relaxation and stretching.  Windy made the trip to Aiken in January of 2017 and schooled some training level XC like she was born to event!  She is sadly offered for sale, but will focus on building her resume until sold.  Windy is as polite and friendly as Pebbles, but she is much easier to gallop, thanks to her TB dam.  She is a very sturdy mare with an extremely powerful jump, and will make someone a great partner to learn on and advance with!

 

In Memory of: Sarge

 

Hehaz Pazzaz (Sarge) was a 2009 Thoroughbred gelding by Borrego (by El Prado) and out of Shehaz Pazzaz (by Timeless Native).  A massive 17.0hh gelding, this redheaded guy sported a huge blaze and tall RF sock.  Sarge never raced, but clocked some official works at the track, so he was still eligible for the 2017 Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover.  Owned by Mike and LuAnn Ellison, Sarge had just started his retraining and proved to be a calm, level-headed guy with the perfect amateur personality.  As his training increased, his balance and stability decreased, and after extensive research into what was going on (Ohio is very prone to neurological diseases like EPM), he was diagnosed with Wobblers' syndrome - in simple terms, a growth defect causing a pinch in his spinal cord in the first third of his neck.  Sometimes we must make tough decisions, and this one is always the toughest.  He was a joy to have around, but it was the best decision to let him go before a nasty fall or injury necessitated it.  He will forever be in our hearts.