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MVHC had a busy October! A Rated Hunter Jumper Show, Dressage/Eventing Ride Critique, a three day rated Dressage Show, AND Southeastern Connecticut's Schooling Horse Trials. The MVHC show team did fantastic all four events. Check out some of the highlights below:

The October dressage show was a huge success! Beth and Merry had their debut back in the dressage ring after a long hiatus and earned marks in the 60s at T2 and T3. Wendy and Woody moved up a level to earn 64% at 1-1. Amanda rode her smash hit freestyle to The Greatest Showman for 68% which placed her 10th Individually for NRADC. The NRADC team of Ellie, Wendy, and Amanda received 6th place overall. Zoe debuted Double Agent in the dressage ring at T1 and T2 to earn scores in the 60s and D'lilah T at 2-1, where they had their most relaxed and rideable test yet!. I rode Yogi Bear in his first dressage tests at T1 and T2 for 67% in each class. Summer Solstice moved up a level to 1-1 and earned 60%. Robbin and I moved up to 1-1 and 1-2, earning 64% and 65%! Great job team!!

Another Eventer was made today! (On Oct 20) Leslie and Merry tried their hand (hoof?) at Eventing and came in 2nd on 32.8 (their dressage a score!)in Advanced Elementary. The rest of the team didn't do too shabby either: Ellie and Comet came 8th in AE. Hannah Roediger piloted Snitch in their first ever combined test to 37.20 in Elementary. Zoe scored a career best for Spy on 30.20 in T2. Kendall Turney WON her second BN out on 29! (Guess that racecar outfit really worked) Nya made a great comeback after being injured all summer to place 3rd with Gypsy on 33.8. Caroline piloted Summer around her first BN to 5th place. Ava and Griffen were 1 and 2 respectively after dressage on 27 and 33 and great in stadium but then were unlucky XC (Sasha did not agree with our decorating taste and Ava popped off while patting her horse after the last XC fence but before the finish) However they both finished all smiles and more confident for having gone around. Amazing job team!


It's been a busy few months here at MVHC! Julia participated at the USHJA Zone 1 Adult Jumper Championships, Iris and Chassie went to the Millbrook Horse Trials, and Deb, Brooke, Kirsetn, Alexis, and Jenna participated at CHSA Finals!! Congratulations all! We had a great turn out at our Mystic Summer Festival. Leslie and Merry were Champions in their 2' Training Hunter debut.


Julia and Kabochon- USHJA Zone 1 Adult Jumper Team Res. Champ    Heather, Iris, & Chassie- 4th Beginner Novice Milbrook HT

Deb, Brooke, and Hidalgo- 7th Pre-Children's Equitation          Kirsten, Alexs, and Liam- 8th CT Training Hunters at CHSA Finals

Jenna and Cassbach- 7th Chrildren's Equitation at CHSA Finals           Leslie & Merry- Champion 2' Working Hunters at MSF


Some of MVHC's riders went to Princeton last week. Zara owned and ridden by Frances Moppett showed in the Adult Hunters. Check out their great picture!



Successful day for the Invictus Eventing Team at Stoneleigh! Ellie and Summer put more pieces of their puzzle together and showed improvement in all three phases. Nya and Gypsy put in their best test to date (28!) But an unfortunate stop at a fence on XC knocked them to 5th. Iris and Chassie finished on their dressage score of 31 to take 2nd. Robbin showed super improvements everywhere; 28.5 in dressage, soft and relaxed SJ, and bold XC but a green moment at a fence in the woods knocked him to 5th. Amanda and Kato took home the win for BN, finishing on their dressage score of 28.8! Really fun to show with such a dedicated group of kids whose hard work is really paying off!


For more info on Invictus Eventing Click Here!


 Zara owned/ridden by Frances Moppett (left) and Jai owned/ridden by Sally Hinkle Rusell (right) showing at Ox Ridge!



 Zara (owned by Frances Moppett) was reserve champion green hunter in both the green conformation and the regular green working hunter at the 2018 National Horse Show!!




August has been a busy month for MVHC! CHJA Finals were held August 16th - 19th in Fairfield, CHSA Finals were held August 254th-26th in Westbrook, and we had horses attend Fieldstone's two August shows in Halifax, MA!
Top Left to Right:  Eleanor & Zen Zara 10th in the CHSA 2' Training Hunters, Melissa & Atticus 3rd in the Low Training Jumpers
Center:  Jenna and Connecticut College's Hidalgo Reserve Champion CHSA Children's Equitation Medal
Bottom: France's Zara and Quaboom were Champion and Reserve Champion at Fieldstone in the Green Hunters both weeks!







20 spots open in Landsafe clinic- SPACE STILL AVAILABLE (as of 8/12)

Danny Warrington XC Clinic August 20th

All levels welcome!


Danny Warrington XC Clinic at Mystic Valley Hunt Club Aug 20, 2018. Cost 100/rider. Training through Elementary levels. Danny is an International 3-day Event Rider as well as an ICP Level 3 Instructor. He got his start being a top steeplechase jockey, and transitioned easily over to becoming a top level Event rider and all around horseman. His passion for safety and personal responsibility combined with years of studying horse's and rider's reactions, both instinctual and learned, has led him to create the Landsafe program.
Contact Heather for sign up or auditing info (925) 628 0181 or


CHJA Banquet 2018

Congratulations to the MVHC Show Team on all of your 2017 awards and Good luck in 2018!

Pre Children's Equitation                             Children's Equitation             Gifford and Vars High Point Junior Equitation
Champion- Anna Mae Saunders                       Champion- Caroline Mancini                          Caroline Mancini

11th- Elisabeth Shea                                       6th- Erica Liston                      CHJA High Point Equitation Trainer
Deb Bakoledis

Modified Children's Hunter                           Children's Hunter Horse                    Modified Adult Hunter
Champion- Nantucket Bay                                      3rd- Cassbach                                           9th- Denali
O: Mystic Valley Hunt Club                               O: Mystic Valley Hunt Club                       O/R: Laura Bouchard
R: Sydnie McCluskey                                            R: Emma Stilphen                  

Adult Hunter Over 35                                           6th- Clear Skies                               CT Training Hunter
Reserve Champion- Maximus                            O: Mystic Valley Hunt Club                             8th- Amadeus
O/R: Jennifer Perry                                               R: Emily Champney                               O/R: Alexis Devlin

                          CT Working Hunter                                                    Low Training Jumper
Champion- John Harry                                          Reserve Champion- One Of A Kind    
O: Mystic Valley Hunt Club                                               O/R: Caroline Mancini
R: Deborah Bakoledis                         

                             3rd- Concerto                                                              3rd-  Rockin Boogie  
                       O/R: Amanda Larder                                                         O/R: Charline Engerran

                       4th- French Connection                                                           5th- Atticus
                         O: Dianna Cummings                                                       O/R Melissa Mason
R: Heather Navarrete

                                 5th- Landford                                                             7th- Concerto
                                O: Erica Liston 
                                                      O/R: Amanda Larder
                             R: Kirsten Eichelberg                



The weather was perfect at our Mystic Summer Premiere.
We hope to see everyone at the Mystic Summer Festival on September 2nd!

              Sarah and Bogart Won the Low Training Classic!                    Heather and Logan (owned by Valerie Cordock)
                                                                                             won the 2' Training Hunter Under Saddle at Logan's first show!!!


Some of the MVHC Show Team went to the Vermont Summer Festival for two weeks.

   Tracey and Finn's Pride in the Amateur Owner Jumpers                             Sally and J'ai in the 1.15 Jumpers
                                                                                                     (Check out our Sale Page for More info on J'ai)

            Sally and Paso in the 1.20 Jumpers were                                  Sally and Halla in the 1.0 meter Jumpers
                  Reserve Champions for the week!                                 (Check out our Sale Page for More info on Halla)


The weather was beautiful for our Schooling Two Phase and Dressage Show on April 15th. Great rides by everyone! Thank you all who came out to show and watch. See you next year!


April Vacation Camp 2017 was a blast! Thank you to all of our campers for a week of great fun.

Part of the MVHC show team spent a month at the HITS Ocala's 2017 Winter Circuit. Riders showed in the Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation rings. Julia was the half circuit Champion in the Medium Adult Jumpers! Every rider received great ribbons in their respective divisions: Sally meter 20's and 30's, Tracey debuted in the A/O Jumpers, Erin Low Adult Jumper, and Heather meter and meter ten jumpers. Congratulations to everyone!

We are looking forwarded to a great show season!




Congratulations to MVHC's Silver Horseshoe Year End Award Champions and Reserve Champions!


Amanda & Kato Champion, Holly & Calvin Reserve Champion                          Vanessa, Reserve Champion Year End Schooling 
Silver Horseshoe Series 2'9" Hunter Derby                                                  Walk Trot Division


Congratulations to Connecticut College's Equestrian Team on being High Point Team at CCSU's show!



Stable News August 2016
Mystic Valley Hunt Club attended CHJA Finals August 19th-21st at Fairfield Hunt Club.

MVHC riders did very well at CHJA Finals

Tracey (3rd) in the Adult Medal             Sally and Tracey (3rd) aboard Cassbach in the Trainers Team Hunter Classic

Emma (11th) in the Children's Medal      Sally and Ally (10th) aboard Von Mexico in the Trainers Team Hunter Classic

Katrina (8th) in the Written Horsemanship Challenge Under 12        Jenn and Deb (5th) in the Trainers Team Hunter Classic

                         Emma and Cassbach                                                Tracey (Cassbach), Jenn, and Ally (Von Mexico)


Team MVHC is in Vermont for 2 weeks. More pictures and show results to come.

Congratulations to Tracey and Cassbach for winning the M&S Adult Hunter Classic.


Congratulations Jack Tar on finding your forever home. We will miss you and wish you luck in your future adventures!



Laura and Artie were Champion in the Training hunters!  Emily and Tucker were Champion in the Junior Equitation!


Emma & Cassbach (2nd) and Caroline & Woody (1st) in      Amanda & Kato (1st), Tracey & Max (3rd), Deb & Lucius       the Children's Equitation!                                                     (4th) in the Hunter Derby!                                                                                                                             

Horse Trials News May 2016

Our USEA/USEF Rated Horse Trials went wonderfully. Thank you to all riders, trainers, and spectators who came out for the event. Next year we will have a theme! Check back for more updates and pictures.

CLICK HERE for the Results from our HT

CLICK HERE for a GOPRO Recording from one of our Novice Riders

More info on the "Other Events" page.

Hunter Jumper News May 2016

Our May 22nd rated show went great! Our next rated Hunter Jumper Show will be Sunday, June 5th. See the "Hunter Jumper Page" for more info. Below are some photos from MVHC's show members.

Dressage News May 2016

The April 30th-May 1st USDF/USEF Rated Dressage show went well. Below are some photos from the event from show photographer Brenda from photography Moments In Time photography.

More information on all of our Dressage Shows can be found on the "Dressage Shows" page.



IEA News May 2016
- More information about the Southeastern Connecticut IEA Team and IEA information can be found on our "SECT Team" page.

- For prize lists and IEA Show informaton see our "SECT Shows" page.

IEA Zones were held at Mt. Holyoke. We had several Southeastern Connecticut Team riders compete and place in the top 7!

Carolne won the Future Novice Cross Rail division where she advanced to to Nationals held at The Kentucky Horse Park on April 20th!


Caroline placed 6th overall out of over 20 riders! Congratulations Caroline on your trip to Nationals!

Also a huge Congratulations to the entire Southeastern Connecticut IEA Team on a fantastic 2015-2016 Season. Good Luck in the 2016-2017 Season!


Stable News March 2016

Congratulations Heather and Rather Swell!
1st Place in the Open Training Division finishing on their impressive Dressage score of 26

at the Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials in Aiken, South Carolina.



IEA Show News April 2016

More information reguarding IEA posted on our "IEA Page"

We had 17 riders from the Southeastern Connecticut Team participate in Regionals for Regions 8 & 9 held at MVHC. It was a long day but a successful one! Thank you to all the riders, coaches, parents, and friends who came out to support the riders and keep the show moving!

Congratulations to Caroline in representing the SECT Team at Nationals which will be held in April in Lexington, KY:

            CarolineFuture Novice Cross Rails          Best of luck Caroline; we all all rooting for you!

Congratulations also to SECT's very own Alex who was the winner of the Sportmanship Award at Regionals!!



Stable News February 2016
Part of the MVHC Show Team are kicking off the 2016 show year in the warm and sunny Ocala, Florida. They will be down at HITS Ocala for the month of February. We wish all of our riders good luck! Pictures and results will be posted as they come in.


2015 Hunter Jumper Show News December 2015

- Congratulations to all of our 2015 Silver Horse Show Champions! Click Here for full results.

- Congratulations to all of our 2015 Schooling Horse Show Champions! Click Here for full results.


Stable News
 August 2015
We currently have several MVHC riders competing at the 2015 CHJA Finals in Fairfield, CT this week. Results and pictures will be posted as they come in. Good luck to all our riders!

Adult Hunter Classic         Modified Adult Medal                  Junior Medal                      Trainer's Team Hunter Classic
Maximus & Jenn Perry          Marie-Louise Burkle & Woody      Etta Lewin & Lucius               Maximus & Deb Bakoledis
Von Mexico & Ally Cox                                                                                               Von Mexico & Sally Hinkle Russell

                                                                            Children's Medal
                                                                            Rachel Denya & Oliver
                                                                            Emma Stilphen & Woody
                                                                            Emily Champney & Daley


We are pleased to announce the addition of two additional instructors, Deb Bakoledis and Heather Navarrete! Please head to our instructor page for a quick bio and photos of these two super trainers and teachers.

                Heather Navarrete


HORSE TRIALS: We had a beautiful sunny day and amazing riders at the Horse Trials. Check back on our "Other Events" page for results and photos. Thank you again to all of our fantastic volunteers who came out to make this show possible. Click on the link below to watch Alexis and Maverick ride the Novice cross country course. Click here to see photos from the event._


MVHC had a very sucessful 2014 show year.
Riders received numerous year end awards from USEF, USHJA, CHJA, CHSA, NEHC, and our own MVHC Silver Stirrup Awards.

Below are pictures from the 2014 CHJA Banquet
Congratulations and Good Luck to all of MVHC’s riders in 2015!


Sally Hinkle Russell won CHJA’s High Point Hunter Trainer Award. Pictured with the award is Gaby Wang winner of CHJA’s Adult Hunter 35 and Under Champion with Tracey Clark winner of CHJA’s Adult Hunter 35 and Over Champion and Jen Perry CHJA’s Adult Hunter 35 and Over Reserve Champion.


Some scene from HITS Ocala 2015!



Barn News March 2015
MVHC had riders travel to HITS Ocala to compete during the month of February. While they were enjoying a break from the snow they also received numerous ribbons and Championships in various classes ranging from Schooling Hunters to Level 6 jumpers! Congratulations to all of our riders on a great start to the show year!

IEA News March 2015
The Southeastern Connecticut IEA team has also been very busy the past few months. We had 17 riders qualify for IEA Regionals which were held on March 7th at Mystic Valley Hunt Club. We had many of our riders place in the top 10 and our High School team placed 4th overall!

Congratulations to Morgan Mancini, Etta Lewin, Hannah Roediger, Charlene Engerrnan, Alyssa McIlquam, and Erica Liston for placing in the top three of their respectful divisions who will be moving on to Zones. Congratulations also to our Middle School team for placing first at Regionals. The Middle School team will represent Southeastern Connecticut at Zones!

Zones will be held March 28th and 29th at Mt. Holyoke. Come out and support the team! Good Luck ladies! Results and photos will follow.

Nationals this year will be held in Wellington Florida.

At Regionals the Southeastern Connecticut IEA Team held a drive to benefit the Ledyard Food Bank. All participating teams donated items making the drive a sucess! Thank you for all the generous donations!


We had a very successful start to the Summer at Mystic Valley.
Campers had fun at both our Mystic Summer Camps and our IEA Boot Camps!

IEA Boot Camp during a visit to guest barn Movado Farm

In 13 years, the Mystic Summer Festival Benefit Horse Show has given over 85k to the

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital!


These photos and more can be found at:

                              Check out next years Horse Trials Competitor and Volunteer T-Shirts!



Novice Open:                                                              Novice Rider:
Carla Sharp and Good Deeds                                              Helen Stone and April Eclipse


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Beginner Novice Senior Rider:                                                                        Beginner Novice Senior Horse: 
Courtney Strekel and Nokota Nitro                                                                 Kerry Isherwood and Bada Bing

___________                                                                                                                             ____________
Beginner Novice Junior Rider:                                                                        Beginner Novice Junior Horse:
Piper Lacy and Gallant Miss                                                                   Taylor Renihan and Sunday Money__________________________________________________________________________________________________

IEA Nationals 2014 were held at the Big E Grounds in West Springfield, MA on May 9th - 11th.

SECT qualified 3 Individual Riders, Hannah Roediger, Daniele McIlquham, and Erica Liston.

We are very proud as 10,000 riders started the year in IEA, 500 qualifying for Nationals.

Erica won 5th and Hannah won 6th! Go girls!!




RESULTS from IEA Zones:

Hannah Roediger: 6th over fences and 2nd on the flat
Danielle McIlquham: 3rd on the flat
Erica Liston: 4th on the flat


Congratulations to Hannah Roediger, Danielle McIlquham, and Erica Liston who will be moving on to IEA Nationals on May 17th!

ALSO a very big congratualtions to Justin who was voted judge's choice for BEST HORSE at Zone 1 Finals!!!!


Congratulations to all SECT Riders on a successful 2013-2014 show year!

Click Here for our Farewell Collage to all of our Seniors!

CHJA Banquet 2013
We had riders win year end awards in a vareity of divisions for the 2013 show season. Click Here to see them all!

Congatulations to all of our riders and GOOD LUCK in 2014!!


CHSA Year End Awards
We had riders win year end awards in a vareity of divisions for the 2013 show season. Click Here to see them all!

Some of our Year End Award Winners
(Top Left: Emma and Woody, Top Right: Gabi and Merry)
(Bottom Left: Hufflepuff & Alyssa, Bottom Center: Clare & Dusty, Bottom Right: Danielle & Mystic's Tresor)



Results from CHSA Medal Finals
August 23rd-25th
We had many riders qualify for this year's CHSA Medal Finals in Walk-Trot, Short Stirrup Equitation and Hunters, Pre-Children's Equitation and Hunters, Children's Equitation and Hunters, Modified Adult Equitation, CT Training Hunters, and Low Training Jumpers! More pictures and results will be posted as the weekend continues!
Congratulations Gabi and Merry,                                      Congratulations Marie and Woodstock,
5th in the CT Training Hunters                                          4th in the Modified Adult Equitation Medal
Congratulations Etta and Finn,                                               Congratulations Sarah and Small Star,
3rd in the Pre-Children's Equitation Medal                           6th in the Modified Children's Hunter
Results from CHJA Medal Finals
August 16th- 18th
We had many riders qualify for this year's CHJA Medal Finals in the Adult Hunters, Adult Equitation, Junior Equitation, Children's Hunters, Children's Equitation, and Masters Medal. More pictures and results will be posted as Medal Finals Weekend continues!
Congratulations Gabby and Fancy,                                         Congratulations Danielle and Tresor,
6th place in the CHJA Adult Hunter Classic                             CHJA Children's Equitation Medal Champion!



Congratulations Marie and Woodstock!                                                     Go Team MVHC!


Results from Westbrook Hunt Club
June 30th - July 13th
Congratulations Gabi, Marina, and Etta!
           Gabi & Merry CT Hunter Champions!                    Marina & Maisy Low Training Jumper Champions!

Etta and Finn Pre-Children's Equitation and Hunter Champions!
Results from Ox Ridge
June 11th-16th
Congratulations Katie and Victoria!
   High Adult Jumper Classic Winner & Over All Champion!   2nd in the Low Adult Jumper Classic & Over All Champion!


November 2012
The final Mystic Show for the 2012 season was great! The Mystic Silver Stirrup Awards were handed out as well as many great ribbons. Results are now posted for the November Show and the Silver Stirrup Final Results.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Fall Finale
 October 2012

The NRADC dressage championshp were held during the Fall Finale dressage show October 12-14. 

~The Silent Auction held during the Mystic Fall Finale Dressage showraised almost $2,500 for the Veteran Scholarship Program at High Hopes, almost double the amount from last year. Headed by chair Deanne Kramer, this was a successful event held during the show. Thanks to all that helped this worthy cause!~

Autumn Challenge October 2012
The Autumn Challenge went well. We had our Hunter Derby Finals as well as hunter/jumper/equitation clases. We also held Carraige Driving Classes at the show. Check out the results on the Hunter/Jumper Horse Shows page. Our riders rode great and had a lot of fun. Two of our MVHC riders won the 3' and 2'-2'6" Hunter Derby Final!

Congratulations to all of the riders!


Fall IEA News
Three IEA shows at MVHC: December 15th, 2012, January 20th, 2013, and February 10th, 2013.
All three prize lists now posted on SECT Shows page.

August at MVHC  August 2012
August was a great month for riders at MHVC! 

We had one of our riders place 8th in the CHJA Adult Hunter Classic and two of our riders placed 3rd and 6th in the CHJA Children's Equitation Medal at the 2012 CHJA Medal Finals in Westport, CT.

We also had many riders place at the 2012 CHSA Finals in Old Lyme, CT.

     -Champion Junior Exhibitor Pleasure
     -Champion Short Stirrup Equitation Medal
     -3rd Short Stirrup Hunter Medal
     -4th Children's Equitation Medal
     -5th Hunter Pleasure
     -7th Short Stirrup Hunter Medal
     -8th Walk/Trot Hunter Pleasure
     -8th Pre-Children's Hunter Medal
     -9th in the Low Training Jumpers

One of our Adult riders placed 6th in the Adult Hunters at the Marshall & Sterling Leauge Finals hosted at the HITS Saugerties show grounds.

Congratulations to all of our riders!



March 2012
Welcome to our new website! We hope the new interface will be helpful to riders, parents, coaches, and friends of MVHC alike. Please feel free to check out our new information pages, and become familiar with the set-up. Keep an eye out for new material, too, over the next few weeks. Any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch (new email address):

Successful Seasons for MVHC  March 2012
As the Intercollegiate and Interscholastic competition year comes to a close, MVHC would like to congratulate our Connecticut College IHSA Team, US Coast Guard Academy Team, and Southeastern Connecticut IEA Team on successful regional performances. CCET is currently ranked third in IHSA Zone 2 Region 5, with over ten riders anticipating great results at the IHSA Z2R5 Regionals to be hosted at MVHC at the end of the month, March 31. SECT, with over forty dedicated members, will host Z1R4 IEA Regionals at MVHC on March 18. SECT also hosted the second annual IEA Banquet and awards night at the Ledyard Fire House, what fun!
Fair Winds, Compass Rose, and Sally Russell recently returned from Ocala with tons of ribbons (mostly blue!) to top off their success. Fair Winds (photo below) took to the grand prix like the seasoned horse he is, while his younger "sister" showed she was to be taken seriously too, winning several 6-y.o. classes, earning division champion. Congratulations to all three, and welcome home!


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