Dar-Col Stable had a unique opportunity to support Rachael Lowney's mission to the African country of Namibia. We had a barn
show fundraiser on May 6th, which was a lot of fun and very successful in raising funds for her mission. Thanks to the proceeds
from the show fees, the silent auction, the 50-50 raffle, and the many generous personal donations, the Dar-Col community
raised $1,509! Thank you everyone for your participation and support! Rachael recently reached her goal of $3,000, which is
what is required for her lodging, food, and airfare. It was an incredible day with a wonderful turnout of many amazing
people! Thank you!
The Dar-Col team attended the Twin State American Saddlebred awards banquet this month. Congratulations to Darlene
for her Adult Sportsmanship award! Congratulations also goes to Jian for her two championships:
Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure English with Tony and Saddle Seat Pleasure Equitation! And congratulations to
Rachael for her championship in Saddle Seat Equitation 15-17 Years! Good job, ladies!
Thank you all for a wonderful 2011 year! We are so proud of our riders and their accomplishments! Thank you to our
followers on Facebook, too! It is nice to see old and new faces posting.
Here are some highlights from last year:
November: Congratulations to Rachael Lowney for winning the White Mountain Club Junior Exhibitor Trophy from
the New Hampshire Horse and Trail Association! She also joined Darlene and Jian as a winner of the Marcia Y. Lang Memorial
Trophy for Equitation for 2011! Good job, Rachael!
Octoberfest: Shannon and Prince WT Pleasure Champs! Joey won Academy Pleasure championship and was reserve
champion for Equitation!
Deerfield Fair! Joey and Finn and Darlene were in the blue!
Summer Jubilee! Jian and Tony and Rachael and Oscar -- Champions!
Shannon and Prince were champs at New Hampshire Horse and Trail Show. Olivia and Oscar with a win in Academy!
Haley and Darlene in the lineup at Twin State. Jian and Tony.
Rachael, Erin, and Oscar were in the blue at the North Shore Show on 5/22/11:
We deeply mourn the loss of Tia Maria, a wonderful horse who taught so many of us to ride. She was Darlene's partner
and friend for 15 years. RIP sweet girl.
JHW Tia Maria April 20, 1988 - May 4, 2011
Quotes and pics from our Facebook friends:
"virtue shall be bound into the hair of thy forelock...." good girl tia maria... xo
Beautiful, brainy, and the best babysitter ever...Tia Maria. Thanks for taking such good care of our little ones. We, and they, will miss you always.
...There just aren't enough individuals of any species in the world like Tia. Kind, proud, elegant, and patient. This world has lost an angel that was called home. God speed Tia Maria.
Check out our Octoberfest ad. We are so proud of you all! Great job, girls! (click for larger picture)
We had a lot of snow this January. The horses don't seem to mind, though.
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
Shannon had the best Christmas ever! And she had it at Dar-Col because her big present was Prince! And it was a surprise! Shannon and Prince were very happy, and Prince fit well into Shannon's extended family! Congratulations, Shannon! We look forward to seeing you and Prince in the show ring in 2011!
Dar-col riders competed in the Taylor River Winter Tournament this month. Megan riding Jelly (two wins!) and Hailey riding Tia both came out on top! Shannon rode her first competitive pattern! Way to go girls! We are so proud of you!
Dar-col riders competed in the Octoberfest Horse Show in Springfield, Massachusetts. Performances were awesome!!
Thursday, Rachael and Rev got second in Morgan Pleasure Junior Exhibitor. Friday, Rachael and Penny rode in Junior
Exhibitor Hack and took first place! Friday night, Jian and Tony took tenth in the New England Medal! This was a
tough competition in a class that took over 1 1/2 hours with a killer pattern. Saturday, Rachael and Penny took
first in the Hack Championship. And Shannon took a clean sweep in the Academy WT Final Classes!
Lisa won second in Adult Academy WTC Pleasure and won the Adult Academy WTC Equitation on Rev. Kath got third
on Beamer Adult Academy WTC Equitation. Congratulations everyone! We are so proud of you all!
Dar-col riders competed in two shows this month! We enjoyed one beautiful day at the Hopkinton Fair at the beginning
of the month. Then at the end of the month was a challenging four days at the Deerfield Fair. The weather
wasn't the best, but our teams performed beautifully.
We had a fun three-day camp this year! The weather was fine, and the kids and the horses enjoyed their
time together. The horses especially enjoyed the grooming contest during which they were thoroughly
pampered! The kids especially enjoyed the riding, of course!
Dar-Col Stable riders excelled in this year's New Hampshire Jubilee at Deerfield Fairgrounds! Our riders
had outstanding rides, and the results were all blue and red!
Dar-Col will be holding a new camp in August.
Here is the information:
Tuesday August 17 - Wednesday August 18 - Thursday August 19
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Dar-Col Stable riders again came out on top !!!! Twin State Saddlebred was our second show with the new
teams and the results are great!
Jian Haenel age 14 Bedford, NH, teamed with Strictly Adventure, were crowned the American Saddlebred Country Pleasure Champions for the second show in a row.
Jian was also Res Champion in Saddleseat Equitation.
Rachael Lowney age 16 Bedford, NH was Res Champion Pleasure Equitation riding Hurricane's The Dance. This same team won the Pleasure Equitation at NH Horse and Trail in May.
Kayla Clark age 8 of Westford, MA made her debut ride in a suit on A Step Above to be second in Walk Trot Equitation and Walk Trot Pleasure
Shannon Lambert age 11 Bedford, NH won the Academy Walk Trot Equitation and Pleasure on A Step Above
Victoria Durrett age 15 Londonderry, NH won The Academy Walk Trot Canter Equitation on Starmakers Moon Trap and was second in the Academy Pleasure
Kathryn Conway of Litchfield, NH had her debut Adult Academy rides on Hurricanes The Dance. This was a very large class and the team placed 4th and 5th.
Congratulations to our riders who rode in the New Hampshire Horse and Trail Show at the Deerfield Fairgrounds!
We were in the ribbons, especially Saturday and Sunday!
Everyone got quite wet and muddy with all of that rain, but Tony, Oscar, Rev and Jelly persisted and were good sports through
it all. Sunday was sunny, cold and windy, but they seemed to like that. Our championships that day went really well:
two championships and two reserve championships!
Congratulation to all of our riders for a fun and successful tournament season!