December 27, 2014
Arrivals and Departures
We are currently offering some very talented horses for sale. For further information, go to my Sales page.
Last weekend I showed KWPN mare, Ukelarda at the White Fences Polar Express show in the Third Level. Although only a new partnership, together we won both classes
On a very sad note, we had to say goodbye far too soon to our French Bulldog puppy, Franco. I took him to a specialist for a CT scan in the hope to diagnose some nasal
October 30, 2014
Fiero HGF tops COPA USPRE ranking
September 30, 2014
Faisan AT finds a new home
It is bittersweet for me to announce that Faisan AT has found a new home. Today I had my last ride on him before he moved to the stable of Leah Wilson. I have had a tremendous amount of fun and success with Faisan over the past year and am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an ambitious and talented horse. I would like to thank his owner, Dr Allison Tait for her support during this period and wish her and his new owner Leah Wilson the very best in their future together. Leah is a wonderful match for Faisan and she will no doubt continue to develop him to his full potential.
Although I am always sad to say goodbye to such a talent, this leaves me with more time to concentrate on my own horses, Shantal Rox and Fiero HGF. I am looking forward to another busy and exciting season in Wellington with my partner, David Marcus based at Stillpoint Farm. This year we will leave Canada in mid November giving us time to acclimate the horses for the many international shows beginning in January, 2015.
I have had a tremendously busy summer including clinics in Maryland, Michigan and Ontario as well as headlining the Potomac Valley Dressage Association Fall Symposium. Of course I found time to see David ride at WEG and cheer on Team Australia. I have a busy few weeks ahead with further clinics scheduled in the USA and also Quebec.
July 28, 2014
Faisan AT offered for sale
Faisan AT is being offered for sale due to family commitments of his wonderful owner, Dr Allison Tait. Obviously this is a little disappointing as I thoroughly enjoy training this phenomenally talented horse but as I professional rider I completely understand and accept the circumstances. Faisan AT continues to impress me with his desire and ability to work and we are planning to ride our first Prix St Georges in August. He has become very secure in the flying changes as well as starting to connect the passage to his already freaky piaffe. After 10 wins at Fourth Level throughout Ontario and Florida, Faisan AT has recently been named on the Australian National Futures Squad with myself. I would dearly love to continue to develop this fantastic 7 year old stallion so please contact me if you are interested in a situation where Faisan AT could stay as a part of my team. Take a look at these videos below and for further details about this wonder horse, please phone me on +1905-699-5788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
June 16, 2014
A gold star for Faisan AT
Faisan At has really impressed me in the last few months. I have been training him for almost a year now and at 7 years of age, he is starting to mature and become strong, steady and reliable. We showed again at the recent Palgrave CDI-W and Pan Am test event last weekend. Again we took out first place in both of the Fourth level tests. Out of 13 tests at Fourth level this makes 10 wins. Our next start will be at Prix St Georges but in the mean time, Faisan AT is quietly developing all of the work required for the Grand Prix. Take a look at the video below to see his talent for the piaffe. Typical of the spanish horses, he finds the high collection easy and he is incredibly willing. I really think this stallion has an exciting future in the FEI arena and would like to thank his wonderful owner, Dr Allison Tait for the opportunity to work with him. Faisan AT also took out the annual USPRE Florida Series High Point Grand Champion at the National level after his consistent high scores in Wellington, Florida last season.
May 12, 2014
Return to the North
We have all made the long journey back to Ontario, Canada after a long but successful season down in Wellington, Florida. Prior to leaving I rode one last show at Global. There I showed Faisan AT to win both Fourth Level tests scoring again over 70% as well as sale horse, Diamond Geezer in the Grand Prix. Together we placed 2nd scoring 68%. Diamond Geezer is a very special horse and although he unfortunately must be sold, I am thoroughly enjoying the ride and am very happy with his consistent development and wonderful character. Diamond Geezer is available for viewing in Canada upon appointment. See him at his last show below.
Shantal Rox, Fiero HGF and Faisan AT all travelled very well and are happily settled at our summer base of David Marcus Dressage. We are currently preparing for some shows in Canada and then it will be time to head down to catch more CDI's in Saugerties, New York and Dressage at Devon, Pennsylvania.
I am very proud to announce that all of my horses are in Trilogy saddles now. I am very excited to work with Debbie Witty and these beautifully crafted saddles. In my opinion, these saddles are perfect for my style of riding and perfectly tailored to each of my very different horses. Just as important to me however, is the quality of service to myself and my clients. When Debbie Witty is involved, it's second to none! The experience and attention to detail gives me 100% faith in Trilogy Saddles and I am honored to ride in them. For more information on Trilogy go to http://www.saddlefit.com/index.html
After the difficult loss of my dog, Hugo in February, I would like to introduce our latest edition, Franco! He's a 5 month old French Bulldog. He's already very well travelled being born in Ukraine and then traveling with us from Florida to Canada. I could never replace my little friend, Hugo however, Franco in his own right is incredibly special, completely adorable and already a family fixture.
My 6 year old, Lacoste F co owned with his trainer, Jayden Brown has continued successfully in the young horse classes on Australian soil. Together at the Sydney CDI Jayden and Lacoste F proved their consistency with strong results in the FEI 6 year old class having won the first round. Congratulations to Jayden for producing Lacoste F so beautifully. It gives me much enjoyment to see them performing so well together.
I currently have a limited number of stalls available for horses and/or riders seeking full training, preparation for competition and/or sale. I am available for ship in lessons to David Marcus Dressage in Campbellville, Ontario and I will have a limited number of dates available for clinics. Please contact me for further information.
I am also back on my Canadian cell +1 905 699 5788
March 31, 2014
March 25, 2014
Shows and clinics.
Season is actually winding down and it has been a busy one! For the third consecutive year, I represented Australia at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO. This year at the last minute, I rode Diamond Geezer, a very talented Gelding by Diamond Hit. I had prepared Tolstoy but had an unfortunate tooth issue and had to withdraw. The good news is that Tolstoy is on now on form and Diamond Geezer showed how well he can perform at a big show with a less than ideal preparation.
Everything with Shantal Rox is developing very well and I have also been busy showing Faisan AT, Fiero HGF and Ginette Brockway's, Banzai LS.
This month I taught clinics in Montreal and Michigan. Thank you to the organizers, and students that make these trips possible for me. Below my show results and photos explain my last busy few months.
Global Dressage Festival National 5, February 6-9 2014
Wellington Nations Cup CDIO February 18-23, 2014
Global Dressage Festival 7, February 18-23, 2014
Palm Beach Derby, February 28-March 2, 2014
Global Dressage Festival 10, 13-16 March, 2014
January 30, 2014
2014 Show Kickoff
My show season for 2014 has begun with great results on both of the PRE stallions. For the third consecutive year I presented Fiero HGF at the annual USPRE Gala night held at the Global Dressage Festival. Once again, Fiero HGF performed like the star he is and I am so proud of how well this horse is developing. This year I also presented Dr Allison Tait's exciting stallion, Faisan AT and he certainly made a big impression thrilling the crowd with his paces and
With a day of schooling at Global in between the performance, both horses returned to the show ring and stepped up to a higher level. Faisan made his Fourth level debut with a very satisfying 4th place on Friday in a strong field. On Saturday we stepped up the pace and significantly improved our percentages with Faisan AT taking out 1st place in the Fourth level. Fiero HGF smoothly made the transition into the FEI 6 year classes and performed solidly taking out both the FEI Preliminary and FEI Final test. Fiero HGF finds the work incredibly easy and fun. Prior to training this horse I was yet to feel so secure and prepared for the higher levels on a horse at such a tender age.
Together I feel we have a wonderful partnership that continues to grow in confidence together. I am very fortunate!
January 7, 2014
For me, 2013 was like every year with horses, a year of ups and downs. In hindsight it was a very positive and constructive in setting up my career for the future. I worked my backside off and in return, I have now secured two incredibly exciting horses for my future in Fiero HGF and Shantal Rox. Throughout this sometimes stressful process, I have come to appreciate what a special network I have surrounding me.
Early December, David Marcus and I escaped the early onset of a Canadian winter and once again headed south to Tuny Page's fantastic facility, Stillpoint Farm. We have around 17 horses between us and although we are busy, we made sure that we are not over committed and we're grateful to have a top class team of support staff.
All of the horses travelled to Florida very well. Once the horses were settled, I jetted back to Canada to teach a clinic at Domnique Fortier's facility in Quebec. Despite temperatures plummeting down to 30C below freezing on day one, I was kept warm and taken care of very well. It was positive to see that each and every horse and rider showed positive improvements from my previous visit. Honestly though it was a welcome relief to return to sunny south Florida where all of my horses are appreciating the sunshine and now in an established routine.
My horses recent arrival to Florida and my departure to Quebec was unfortunate timing as I was not able to attend a clinic with the Australian team coach, Ton De Ridder. I do look forward to working with him in the future. Again this season, I have strategically positioned myself where I receive expert help with my riding every single day. This is exactly what I was missing in Australia and it's clear to me that daily help is more than a luxury but absolutely fundamental to reaching an international standard. Every single day at Stillpoint Farm I am riding alongside top international riders. I already work on a daily basis with David Marcus and again I am working daily with Robert Dover plus I still seek advice and opinion from Oded Shimoni. No half pass, half halt or simple corner is ridden without a watchful eye giving me an expert opinion (whether I like it or not!) This is for me a positive, motivating and inspiring environment and I am seeing and feeling the developments with my horses.
I'm very happy with both PRE stallions, Fiero HGF and Faisan AT. I am currently preparing them for the USPRE Gala night later in January and further shows during the Global Dressage Festival. Slowly and surely I am developing a stronger partnership with Shantal Rox. Her ability and talent astounds me but I am happily taking my time with this special horse. She is certainly worth the wait however, our first start doesn't appear too far away. I am excited by Tolstoy whom I have not shown since the Wellington Nations Cup last year. We have developed a new level of submission and with that, even more expression. Plus he's doing all the one tempi plus showing a pretty interesting piaffe/passage tour so stay tuned!
November 30, 2013
It has been a very exciting few months on the sales side for Nicholas Fyffe Dressage. Firstly I would like to announce that I have purchased Fiero HGF! I can now safely say that our future together looks bright and secure. I will continue to work very closely with Robert Dover. Together we will prepare this incredibly talented horse to follow in the footsteps of his sire Grandioso who is currently the number 1 PRE stallion on the FEI World Dressage Ranking list. I'm very proud to say that Fiero HGF and myself have recently been named on the Australian National Futures Squad. Here is what Robert had to say "I would say that after being the sole rider and trainer of Fiero HGF since he was started under saddle and with my new job as the USA Coach, I felt it only right to give Nicholas the chance to purchase Fiero and I am very happy that he did. It is a match made in heaven as the love between horse and rider is fantastic"
For myself to make a purchase of such a quality horse like Fiero HGF, unfortunately I had to sell Santander HGF to help make it possible. The upside is that Santander HGF has found himself a wonderful owner back in his birthplace of Michigan. With new owner, professional rider, Valerie Noblet I know that Santander HGF will reach his full potential. Santander HGF responded immediately to Valerie's experienced and sympathetic approach and together they are now developing their partnership further. I wish Valerie and Santander all the best and look forward to being a positive influence on their future career together.
Last but not certainly not least, a syndicate has successfully purchased the 9 year old, Sandro Hit/Don Gregory mare, Shantal Rox for me! This is incredibly exciting yet humbling to know that I have such a generous and supportive team that believes in Shantal Rox and myself. This is a phenomenally talented horse that I am very proud to have in my stable.
Stay tuned for more news here as we all make our way down to Wellington, Florida for what I hope will be a very successful season.
October 23, 2013
Dressage at Devon and Dressage everywhere else.
I have survived and thoroughly enjoyed my second year riding Dressage at Devon. Last year I showed Sentimiento I in the big tour and this year I showed and equally beautiful PRE stallion in the FEI 6 year old division. Faisan AT is owned by Allison Tait and she rode him beautifully in the materiale classes run at Devon. Afterwards, I took over the reins and rode Faisan to 5th place overall. Together we showed a major increase to our scores from the first day. Dressage at Devon is atmospheric enough for a busy breeding stallion but Faisan AT was super under lights at night as well as performing admirably in the main stadium during the final. I am now preparing Faisan AT along with Fiero HGF and some other exciting horses for the upcoming winter season in Wellington, Florida. Once again myself and the team at David Marcus Dressage will be based at Tuny Page's wonderful facility, Stillpoint Farm. http://stillpointfarmdressage.com/
I have a world class team behind me at David Marcus Dressage in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. This enables me the freedom to travel abroad and teach. Recently I travelled again to Maryland, USA to teach this time at Shari Glickman's beautiful GoodNess Ridge Farm. http://www.goodnessridge.com/ This clinic fabulously organized by Shari and Jaclyn Sicoli was very enjoyable and I taught some great riders as well as seeing some top young dressage prospects. Last weekend I made my clinic debut in Quebec and yes I taught in English as my French is tres bad! This clinic was run and hosted by Dominique Fortier at her wonderful Le Pensionnat. Here I taught a full group of very enthusiastic riders that made me very welcome and I look forward to my return.
Meanwhile in Australia, Jayden Brown has continued his success on our own top gelding, Lacoste F. Recently at the Queensland State Dressage Championships, Lacoste F started in his second competition at Elementary (Second) level and came away with Reserve Champion and his first 70+ score at this level. Jayden and Lacoste F also won the 6yo qualifier and won both restricted Novice (First level) classes with scores up to 75%. I am very lucky to have such a talented rider training my only horse in Australia. I look forward to seeing what the future brings for this top quality horse that is being so well produced. For more information on Jayden Brown and Lacoste F go to http://www.jaydenbrowndressage.com/
Training and Shows
Usually I'm the clinician but early this month I was fortunate enough to actually ride in a clinic with Oded Shimoni at the stunning Deer Ridge Equestrian. Having been Oded's assistant, I am familiar with his training style and have a great respect for his systematic and clear way of teaching. I rode Shantal Rox, a super 9 year old Sandro Hit mare owned by Barbara Nitsch and although we are new partnership, our connection over the three days improved immensely. Anyone that knows Oded can attest that he has a certain way with females and he was able to help me work with Shantal Rox in a way that was incredibility positive and a lot of fun.
Later in the week I showed Allison Tait's handsome 6 year old PRE stallion, Faisan AT in the third level at the Cornerstone Farms Summer Classic held at the site of the 2015 Pan American Games. So many developments have been made to this venue since my first trip here a year ago and it's going to be a fantastic international showground. Again, my partnership with Faisan AT is relatively new and even in the midst of breeding season, he tried very hard and we came home with good scores and placings in a tough field of professionals. This horse has three super basic gaits and he is elastic, electric and intelligent. We are currently preparing to ride the FEI 6 year old classes at Dressage at Devon. He has a very bright future and will soon step into the FEI ranks.
From one stallion to another, my three year old PRE, Santander HGF is developing so well under saddle. Every day he becomes more balanced
Last week I travelled south to New York for the HITS on the Hudson Saugerties CDI-W. Here I oversaw the performances of my students Adrienne Wisenberg and Kate Chadderton who both had wins and places at first and second level. I was also eyes on the ground for Elizabeth Powers for her personal best Grand Prix score as well as David Marcus in the CDI big tour. David placed second in the Grand Prix Freestyle riding Don Kontes to music that I put together. David's student, Maya Markowski took out the Intermediate Freestyle in great style with another musical freestyle that I put together.
I am also very pleased that I was named on the Equestrian Australia National Elite Squad with Sentimiento I as well as the A Squad with Tolstoy.
July 29, 2013
Success on home soil and further clinics abroad
Lacoste F recently won the FEI 5 year old young dressage horse class at the Brisbane CDI under Jayden Brown. Lacoste F is an Australian warmblood gelding owned by myself and Jayden who found and produced this talented youngster. I am very proud to be an owner of Lacoste F and thoroughly enjoy following his success under such a talented trainer. Jayden Brown represented Australia at the Young Rider Dressage World Cup in Frankfurt riding Widelo and more recently won the Brisbane CDI under 25 Grand Prix on Furst Frederich. Having trained both of these horses himself, I know Lacoste F will also reach his full potential with Jayden aboard. To further prove the depth and quality in his string of horses, Jayden was recently selected to represent Australia at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany with San Andreas.
Whilst still based in Australia, I ran a small but successful breeding program with my parents. I still enjoy following the journey and success of each product from this small stud and this month I'd like to make mention of Fendi F now owned by Samantha Cesnik. Fendi F is by Ferrero Rocher (Florestan/Weltmeyer/Pik Bube II) a stallion with whom I had much success (and continues to) at FEI level.
Out of my favorite thoroughbred mare, Jane, Fendi F is showing much talent as both a dressage and event horse. Although still young, Fendi F has an impressive competition record having placed 2nd in the 4 year old young dressage horse class at Boneo CDI and has claimed multiple CIC and CNC Eventing places at Geelong, Tonimbuck and Albury. Here is a quote directly from her owner "Fendi F has been a delight to own, her disposition is lovely and she is a pleasure to train being naturally very strong with exceptional suspension and conformation for dressage. I've yet to meet a dressage coach who isn't excited by her."
I have been busy myself having just finished two busy weekend of clinics back in the USA. Once again I had a great weekend at the beautiful Sunset Hill Farm in Maryland where I have enjoyed teaching regularly this summer. For the first time, I held a clinic in Michigan at Hampton Green Farm, another fantastic facility with some very enthusiastic students. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers and hosts who put in such effort to make these clinics possible. Thank you to Adrienne Wisenberg, Kate Chadderton, Andrea Landis and Kimberly Boyer. Also a big thank you to each and every student for your commitment and energy and focus!
Right now I am happy to be back home in Canada training my horses at David Marcus Dressage. Stay tuned for more news and updates soon.
July 10, 2013
Home and Away
Summer weather has hit Ontario and the season is underway. Last month I started Fiero HGF in the Third Level at the Angelstone CDI in Rockwood, ON which is very close to home. We came home with second place in both tests and I couldn't have asked for more from this super five year old stallion. He was by far the youngest horse in the class and we received very positive scores and comments from international judge, Stephen Clarke. Fiero HGF will spend the next few months training at home and getting stronger before we head back to Florida for another season. David Marcus also had a super show taking out every Grand Prix class on offer with Don Kontes and Chrevi's Capital. It also seemed fitting that David was awarded the inaugural Jon Costin Memorial Cup. David had only recently said a sad and too soon goodbye to his close friend and colleague, Jon. May he rest in peace.
My other Hampton Green Farm bred horse, three year old colt, Santander HGF is now working lightly under saddle too and I couldn't be more impressed. Like Fiero, I started Santander myself and we can confidently walk, trot and canter around the arena with other horses and hack outside with confidence. Santander HGF is incredibly balanced and his three paces though already super, develop further elasticity and scope each session. Although still just three years old, this horse has an incredible maturity and steadiness of character that can't be trained. I am a very proud owner!
Late June I was honored with an invitation to the Lendon Youth Dressage Festival, Midwest held at Hampton Green Farm, Michigan. Here I was the guest speaker during the Saturday night dinner where I shared my experience as a professional rider and my journey of ups and downs. The following day I constructively critiqued each of the riders as the culmination of lessons, training and information received over the weekend translated into the competition arena. This was a positive and inspiring experience for myself. Growing up, I didn't have access to such programs so I felt privileged to take part and wish each of the riders continued success.
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I have a few new and notable arrivals in the barn too including Faisan, a beautiful six year old PRE stallion by Soberbio XII out of an Invasor III (Evento) mare. This handsome and talented stallion owned by Allison Tait is being prepared for the FEI six year old classes. Faisan is confidently training through the small tour work and has an exciting career ahead both as a sport and breeding stallion. I also have a very exciting nine year old Sandro Hit mare, Shantal Rox. This amazing mare has untapped talent and future brighter than many dare imagine. Shantal Rox is owned by Barbara Nitsch and I look forward to developing an strong partnership with this top quality mare.
June 10, 2013
New Arrivals, Clinics and Travels
My 3 year old colt, Santander HGF has arrived at David Marcus Dressage directly from his breeder, Kimberly Boyer of Hampton Green Farm and I couldn't be happier! Santander is by Bolero CXLVIII who I trained last season in Wellington. Since then, Bolero CXLVIII returned to Spain to be further produced by Grandioso's rider, Daniel Martin Docx. Having recently won the Grand Prix and the Freestyle at CDI Treffen, Austria, Grandioso is now ranked 27 on the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings (and sire of Fiero HGF). Bolero CXLVIII is by Utrerano VII (sire of Fuego De Cardenas currently ranked 25). Interestingly, of the top 7 stallions listed on the FEI world rankings, 3 are Iberian! Santander has a wonderful character and I am certain will follow in the footsteps of his relative Fiero HGF. Santander will start his career under saddle this summer and is already showing much promise during his light lungeing sessions. Meanwhile, 5 year old Fiero HGF continues to impress me during his daily training. We are preparing for our next show at Third Level at CDI Rockwood later this week.
I have another exciting addition to the team here that I will talk about more next month. David Marcus Dressage and myself have limited stalls available for horses taken in for training, competition and sale. My summer schedule is filling up quickly but there are a few vacancies still available for those wishing to book clinics. I am currently looking forward to upcoming clinics in Maryland and Michigan. I am also excited to be named the guest speaker and dressage commentator at the upcoming Lendon Youth Dressage Festival Midwest held at Hampton Green Farm. Thanks again to Adrienne Wisenberg and Kate Chadderton for hosting another great clinic at Sunset Hill Farm in Maryland. This is a great group of horses and riders and i look forward to my return.
I was saddened to hear of the loss of my second pony, Kirreway Vacation who died recently. This pony was the first horse I started under saddle under the guidance of my mother, Anne Fyffe. He was also the first horse I ever rode in a dressage test and eventing competition. May he rest in peace. I am however, happy to say that my very first pony, Tinkerbell is still alive and well and pushing 30 years of age!
May 14, 2013
Syndicate Opportunities Knock
Nicholas Fyffe Dressage is currently seeking a syndication partnership in order to secure a select competition horse. This is a chance to own an international quality dressage horse with the precise aim of excelling in major international competitions where you are directly involved in the thrill and excitement . This syndicate team gives owners the opportunity to become a key factor in a successful partnership without bearing the entire expense of competing at the highest level. For all details regarding this exciting venture, please email me directly at email@example.com or phone +1-905-699-5788
I've also been busy having completed a very successful clinic at Sunset Hill Farm in Woodbine, Maryland. I'd like to thank everyone involved at Sunset Hill Farm including each of my new and enthusiastic students. Thanks again to hosts and coordinators, Kate Chadderton and Adrienne Wisenberg. I look forward to my return to Sunset Hill Farm in a few weeks to teach another clinic which has already sold out. To audit or be placed on the waiting list go to http:// www.sunsethilleventing.com/Gallery.html
May 8, 2013
Well I am back in Canada and all horses (and French Bulldogs) have arrived safe and sound. Everyone is settling in well at David Marcus Dressage and Spring has well and truly arrived in Campbellville, Ontario. Fiero HGF is working superbly under saddle and has picked up where he left off in Florida. You can see a video of us training below during our last week at Stillpoint Farm, Wellington, Florida.
This week I'll be heading down to Woodbine, Maryland to teach a clinic at Sunset Hill Farm, See details here http://www.sunsethilleventing.com/Gallery.html
Nicholas Fyffe Dressage working in conjunction with David Marcus Dressage has some limited stalls available to take horses and riders for training, competition and sale. Stay tuned for further information regarding some exciting upcoming events held at David Marcus Dressage throughout the summer. For further information on David Marcus Dressage go to www.davidmarcusdressage.com
I am contactable again on my Canadian number +19056995788
April 24, 2013
Wellington Nations Cup CDIO
The Wellington Nations Cup CDIO has been and gone and once again I was proud to be a part of the Australian Team. This year I rode Judy Kingsford's KWPN gelding, Tolstoy with Kelly Layne riding Von Primaire and Ilse Schwarz riding Cadenza. A fourth member was added to our team giving us the the option of a drop score and this position was taken by Kristy Lund who rides for the USA. Judy Kingsford kindly supported us as our team Chef d'Equipe throughout a new and slightly confusing format. This year saw a mix of small and big tour riders on each team with some teams from mixed nations and a total of ten teams involved. This is a trial format that is likely to be used at the 2015 Pan American Games.
The Prix St Georges and Grand Prix on day one decided the team placings and qualified riders to go through to the individual freestyle followed by Intermediate 1/Grand Prix Special tour. Team Australia put in three solid tests allowing us to drop our foreign riders score. Australia finished in 7th place with myself and Tolstoy being the teams top score and the only Australian to qualify for the freestyle. Tolstoy and I put in a very satisfactory freestyle but didn't receive the scores I hoped for the keep us in the individual placings.
On the final day of competition, Tolstoy and I put in another solid test in the Intermediate 1 to finish just behind team mate, Kelly Layne who showed a much improved test leaving us both in the top ten. Interestingly, I was one of seven riders from five nations in the Wellington nations Cup CDIO based out of Stillpoint Farm. Full results and rides can be found here http://www.usefnetwork.com/news/9847/2013/4/13/us_teams_finish_12_at_wellington.aspx
March 27, 2013
Working Pupil Position Available
Nicholas Fyffe Dressage is offering a working pupil position for the North American summer months. Nicholas Fyffe works in conjunction with Canadian Olympian, David Marcus. Both riders together operate an international dressage stable in picturesque Cambellville, Ontario, Canada from May through to November. As a proud Australian representative, Nicholas would like to initially extend this invitation to enthusiastic Australians. This working pupil position will include all stable duties such as feeding, mucking out, grooming at home as well as the possibility of grooming at international dressage shows throughout Canada and the United States. Some instructed riding is possible, dependent on ability. This position is open to students with a desire to improve their horse management skills in a professional facility with up to 20 horses from starting under saddle through to international Grand Prix level. On site accommodation is provided. A long term position could eventuate for someone interested in gaining further insight and experience with horses and riders at this level. For further information about Nicholas or David go to www.nicholasfyffedressage.com or www.davidmarcusdessage.com
Please forward all expressions of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
March 22, 2013
Shows and Sales
Fiero HGF owned by Robert Dover has easily stepped up another level. Last week we made our Third Level debut and he produced three great tests with scores up to 71% for a win and two second places. At fives years old, Fiero handled the transition easily and now it's a case of waiting patiently rather than training. This is a luxury problem that I am happy to deal with and this horse is such a pleasure at home and at the show.
David and I have been very busy with our sales horses. We would like to also announce the sale of Leandro, VIP and Ulex. Each of these horses are going to great homes and we wish these new partnerships much success and joy in the future.
February 18, 2013
It has been a long and challenging week that has finished on a high note. David and I both had multiple horses entered in the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W held at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
Unfortunately, on Tuesday evening, I was convinced to go to the emergency room after a horse that I was handwalking spooked, and accidentally clipped my ankle. I Initially feared a fracture and upon radiographs, I was relieved to find it was just severely bruised.
The following day, riding was virtually impossible until I stepped off my crutches and onto Fiero HGF to showcase him in the USPRE Annual Event in the evening. In the main arena, alone and in huge atmosphere, Fiero certainly showed what a star he is and helped me out when I wasn't able to give him perfect aids with my injured ankle. Complete with expert commentary from owner, Robert Dover, I was able to show Fiero's quality in all three paces as well as his clean flying changes and ease of collection. I could not have expected any more from this fantastic five year old stallion whom on Friday I started for the first time in Second Level. Fiero made the transition easily with a mistake free and expressive test to take 1st place.
I started Judy Kingsford's beautiful Tolstoy in our first international CDI and was very satisfied with 6th place in a very tough Prix St Georges. Having a few costly mistakes in the Intermediare 1, we redeemed ourselves in the Freestyle to place 2nd with a bold and exciting test.
David Marcus and Don Kontes proved their consistency placing 6th in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle. David also started the very exciting KWPN mare, Betrina for the first time at Third Level for a well deserved win.
Without wonderful owners and supporters like Judy and Dan Kingsford, Deborah Kinzinger and Robert Dover, none of this success would be possible and a huge thank you is in order. I would also like to say a huge thank you to my partner David Marcus for his endless support, expert eyes and wonderful ability to present my horse at an international vet inspection when I'm too lame to do it myself!
January 23, 2013
Highs and Lows
It is with much disappointment that I announce the withdrawal of myself and Sentimiento I from the upcoming World Dressage Masters, Palm Beach. Due to an incredibly ill timed skin issue with the horse, we will sadly miss this wonderful opportunity to participate in this prestigious five star invitational. Thankfully, Sentimiento I will be back to fight another day but Australia will unfortunately be without a representative in this strong line up. I will, however, be present to support David Marcus aboard Chrevi's Capital, who showed good form last weekend at the Gold Coast Opener CDI-W. This combination may just debut their brand new freestyle at the Masters too!
Through Judy Kingsford's KWPN gelding, Tolstoy, I've been able to keep a presence in the competition arena this week. Tolstoy and I stepped out in the Prix St Georges at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Opener on Tuesday scoring 71.053% for second place and again on Wednesday with another score over 70% and a win!
This was our first show for 2013 and a great start to an exciting season. Obviously I am disappointed about not taking part in the Masters but this is a sport of extreme highs and lows and every rider learns to deal with the ups and downs. I am very fortunate that Sentimeinto I is not the only quality horse I have the joy of campagning right now. I'm keeping busy and I also have Fiero HGF, who is also ready and waiting to hit the shows.
I have finally received my videos from Devon CDI-W so here's a video of Sentimeinto I and I in the freestyle there. Such a shame about the busted speaker and the foreign music overlapping mine after my pirouettes… But what a star Senti is! (View Video here)
January 8, 2013
It is with much excitement that both David and Chrevi's Capital and myself aboard Sentimiento I prepare for our first ever World Dressage Masters held Jan 23-25. We will both show our WDM mounts the week prior at The Gold Coast Opener CDI-W which is held at Jim Brandon Equestrian Centre, also the WDM venue. The WDM is a CDI5* and the official lineup has just been released with top riders from seven nations attending. The lineup is slightly intimidating but I'm feeling prepared and I hope to improve on my scores from Devon CDI-W and put in a top performance for Australia. I am also preparing Tolstoy to step back into the show arena at the wonderful Global Dressage Festival showground this month. Fiero HGF is training marvelously and having just turned five (and grown a little), he's ready to step up a level and show what he can do in competition.
David and I would like to announce the addition of two exciting horses that we are offering for sale. Read some information on these horses below and don't forget to look at my sales page to see what else is available.
December 12, 2012
Back in "Welly World"
After a whirlwind vacation to visit much missed family and friends in Australia, it was time to pack up and make the journey from snowy Canada down to sunny Wellington, Florida. Despite the logistics of traveling ten horses, three dogs and over 24 hours of non stop driving, everyone arrived safely and in great shape . This winter David Marcus Dressage and myself are based again at the magnificent Stillpoint Farm. We are currently training our horses and students alongside Tuny Page, Oded Shimoni and Robert Dover on perfect footing in an incredibly inspiring atmosphere.
I am very happy to be reunited with Sentimiento I who had arrived in Wellington a few weeks earlier than me. He is on top form and training well. Together we are looking forward to this coming season that is jam packed with top quality CDI's This will give us a chance to prove our consistency after already making a very good first impression on the international scene. After high placings at Saugerties CDI-W in New York and even better scores at Devon CDI-W, I am excited about this season with him.
I am also very happy to have taken over the training again on Judy Kingsford's exciting Gribaldi gelding, Tolstoy. Last season Tolstoy and I were scoring into the 70s at Prix St Georges to take out the top placings. Tolstoy is in great shape and I'm grateful for the opportunity to move up the levels and further prove his quality to the judges.
Fiero HGF is as always in great form and is happy to be back "home" at Stillpoint Farm. We are enjoying training daily under the expert eye of his owner, Robert Dover. It's time to start planning our show schedule.
Team DMD also have two exciting new arrivals from Europe in training. Stay tuned for more information about these horses next month.
November 12, 2012
Having survived a successful Open House, a trip to Europe searching for horses, helping David Marcus at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair and another clinic training with Robert Dover, it's time to prepare for the winter season in Wellington. But not before a much anticipated vacation back home in Australia. "No matter how far or how wide I roam, I still call Australia home" is a line I repeat often but still rings true to any patriotic Australian abroad. Including me! It's almost two years since I have seen my family and friends Down Under and I can't wait.
The vacation will be brief as we head from Canada down to Wellington, Florida on December 1 to base ourselves at Tuny Page's magnificent Stillpoint Farm. I'd also like to announce the exciting purchase of Santander HGF bred by Kimberly Boyer of Hampton Green Farm. Santander HGF is a bay 2010 colt by Bolero, out of Seductora. His sire, Bolero, is by Utrerano VII, the sire to Fuego. Santander's dam is 100% Marin Garcia and is very closely related to Fiero HGF. Santander HGF will begin his career under saddle with me in the spring of next year. If he is anything like Fiero HGF, I'll be very happy. Take a look at the video below of Fiero HGF and I training with Robert Dover at his most recent clinic held at Deer Ridge Equestrian.
October 9, 2012
With much to report on and very little time to do it, this news update will unfortunately be brief. Tamara Gerber's Sentimiento I and I just completed our second international show at Devon CDI-W in Pennsylvania, USA. My goal was to improve on our scores from Saugerties, which we managed in both classes despite once again being first on in both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle. We were 6th in the GP with a 67.085% behind a strong field. I was very satisfied and the test was without mistakes. This class was won by David Marcus on Chrevi's Capital who are finding top form before the winter season. In the Freestyle we placed 7th with 70.5%. Sentimiento I coped perfectly with the 5000 strong crowd, electric atmosphere and the unbalanced bass reverberating through the arena. Although my music from the soundtrack to The Tourist didn't sound as it should, the judges still awarded me high artistic scores. Jacquie Brooks rode a great test to win with David and Capital in 3rd place. David rode to a score from The Clash of the Titans soundtrack which I created. David also took first place in the Grand Prix for Special as well as the Grand Prix Special with the fast improving Don Kontes owned by Deborah Kinzinger. Alex Reid and VIP took a clean sweep of the Young Rider classes whilst Ally Dunlop won the overall junior division making our whole team incredibly proud.
Fiero HGF and I made another public appearance last weekend. We were invited to take part in a demonstration at a young horse clinic conducted by David Marcus. Riding Fiero HGF under David's commentary, we displayed our systematic approach to training. Fiero as per usual was on his best behavior in the strange surroundings and already wintery weather. A big thank you to Shannon Smith of Fieldstone Farms who organized the young horse clinic. Shannon is also the creator of this very website. Take a look at her website nthdegreesoltuions.com
We at David Marcus Dressage are currently busy preparing for our first annual Open House Sales Horse Showcase. We will present a very interesting group of sales horses to the public and would like to invite everyone to take a look on Sunday, October 14th. We have yearlings all the way through to International FEI competitors being presented, not to mention an open bar! Take a look at the flyer below for further details. We look forward to seeing you there!
September 17, 2012
Saugerties CDI-W at the NEDA HITS Fall festival held in upstate New York marked the first international competition for my new ride, Sentimiento I. I have a lot of faith and confidence in this 12 year old PRE stallion who I started in the CDI-W Grand Prix and Freestyle. Although only our 3rd show together, we are fast developing a strong partnership and I feel confident that we will really improve further.
On Friday we placed 5th in the Grand Prix with a score of 66.362% Sentimiento I and I were the first combination in the ring and despite a few minor errors, I was very satisfied with our performance. We received very encouraging marks for the piaffe/passage tour and we both gained a lot of confidence in the ring.
On Saturday we just missed out on 1st place in the Grand Prix Freestyle. One error in the ones kept us from the top spot but I was thrilled with Sentimeinto I throughout the ride and we scored 69.325% We rode to music from The Tourist that I arranged myself and it was very well received by the judges and crowd.
David Marcus was my eyes on the ground throughout the show and played a huge part in my performance. He also started Deborah Kinzinger's, Don Kontes and Chrevi's Capital in the Grand Prix placing 3rd and 4th. In the Grand Prix Freestyle, Chrevi's Capital was 3rd riding to another musical arrangement made by myself. David rode Don Kontes to 3rd place in the Grand Prix Special. Deborah Kinzinger's, Betrina also starred with David in First Level, winning with huge scores.
Alex Reid took a clean sweep of the CDI-YR classes riding the ever consistent VIP. Together they finished the show with a win in the freestyle riding to another musical arrangement that I created.
My next international show will be Dressage at Devon later in the month. I feel confident to have another successful performance there knowing that I have such an honest reliable and talented horse in Sentimeinto I. To me what is equally comforting is know that I have a great team behind me that includes his incredibly generous and supportive owner, Tamara Gerber along with Carey Beer, wonderful groom, Megan Hill and my partner, David Marcus.
August 16, 2012
Last weekend I started Tamara Gerber's super PRE stallion, Sentimiento I in some more Grand Prix classes. This time at the Cornerstone Farms Summer Classic held at the new Essa Agriplex outside of Barrie, Ontario. This is a brand new facility and the first time it played host to dressage. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and torrential rain made the show a little miserable and muddy. I schooled Senti at the new venue on the Thursday in light drizzle. The surface was good and he felt very fresh and on top form. However, after our ride, the heavens opened. On Friday morning arenas just didn't look good enough to give me an opportunity to show Senti to the best of his ability and we decided to scratch from the Grand Prix. Due to the atrocious weather on Friday, I just walked Senti under saddle and by Saturday afternoon, the arena looked good enough for us to show. We rode the Olympic Grand Prix Special. This was my first time riding this particular test and whilst I think it flows very well, the movements certainly come up very quickly! Together we won this class with a score of 70.056% despite a mistake in the ones. I was super happy with Senti's enthusiasm despite having missed a day of training.
The show organizers were very helpful and generous enough to run another Grand Prix class on the Sunday just for us. On Sunday afternoon I rode the Grand Prix and although Senti tried very hard, I over rode and made a few mistakes. Overall, I think it was a very constructive test and I got a better feeling for him in the competition arena. Together we finished just shy of 68%. This is still a very respectable score but I was really hoping for an improvement on our Grand Prix scores of 69% at our first show (and I did just get back from the Olympic Games having seen the worlds best horses and riders for inspiration!) Sentimiento I is such a wonderful horse and I am very lucky to have the opportunity to work him him thanks to his wonderful owner, Tamara Gerber.
July 16, 2012
I made my Canadian show debut at the Cornerstone Farms, Summer Festival of Dressage held at Palgrave. This location will host the 2015 Pan American Games and is potentially a great venue. I was once again impressed with the amazing attitude of Robert Dover's PRE stallion, Fiero HGF. This was his first ever overnight show and we won both of the First Level tests scoring over 74% and 75% each day. His trainability is equally matched with talent and I am so excited about our future career together. He trains so easily and it's really just a waiting game with this horse until he's old enough and strong enough to mix it with the big guns. I know he is a mere four years old but I have no doubt that this horse has what it takes to make a serious Grand Prix horse when our time comes.
As for serious Grand Prix horses, I started Tamara Gerber's beautiful PRE stallion in the Grand Prix classes. This is a new partnership so we are still building a relationship and mutual understanding. Together Sentimiento I and I won both the Grand Prix class and the Grand Prix FEI test of choice classes each time scoring over 69%. I am quietly optimistic that this is the beginning of a special partnership and once again want to thank his owner, Tamara Gerber for giving me the opportunity to train and compete such a wonderful horse. From the beginning, I knew this horse had a special temperament but what I am most impressed with is his honesty in the actual competition arena. I didn't carry a whip the entire weekend and very pleased with his ability and enthusiasm throughout the entire test which included particularly high marks for the piaffe and passage.
My third ride at Palgrave was Deborah Kinzinger's exquisite four year old mare, Diaz. She is a KWPN Stedinger/Gribaldi mare and this was her first ever competition. Despite stabling in close proximity to my two stallions, she was beautifully settled in the barn and was impressive under saddle. She improved as the weekend progressed and placed 4th and 2nd in the First Level tests scoring over 72%. Diaz is exactly the type of horse I'm typically drawn too. Very modern type, elegant, sensitive and sane. Diaz is offered for sale but I do look forward to contesting young horse classes with her before a lucky buyer finds her.
I want to take this opportunity to thank each of my wonderful owners, Robert Dover, Tamara Gerber and Deborah Kinzinger for the opportunity to ride such beautiful horses. A big thank you to my supporters, David Marcus and the whole team at David Marcus Dressage including Allie Schmidt, my extra hand at Palgrave who also competed successfully in the First Level on a horse she has trained from the very beginning. Last but certainly not least, a thank you to the organizers, sponsors and volunteers at Cornerstone Farms for such a friendly and well run event. I look forward to the next!
To read about my journey in greater detail, please visit my blog http://nicholasfyffedressage.blogspot.com/
A NEW HOME
Well I've arrived safe and sound at David Marcus Dressage in beautiful Campbellville, Ontario. Although I'm sad to leave Wellington, Florida which has been my home since 2010, I'm pleased to escape the relentless heat and humidity that each summer brings. Hugo, my French Bulldog and Fiero HGF, Robert Dover's PRE stallion are here with me too and we're all enjoying the cool change. It has been a hectic couple of weeks and I look forward to settling into a routine soon.
A very nice surprise and welcoming gesture for me in the
indoor arena at David Marcus Dressage.
May 1, 2012
For those of you that don't know, Nicholas Fyffe Dressage is relocating! I'll be spending the summer in picturesque Campbellville, Ontario. Yes, that's right, Canada! Nicholas Fyffe Dressage will be based out of David Marcus Dressage from June 1st until my return to Wellington, Florida for the winter season on December 1st.
I'm very sad to be leaving my mentor, Oded Shimoni and the beautiful Stillpoint Farm. I will however, make it a point that Oded continues to have a strong influence on my riding career (if he ever returns from Africa!) I hope to bring Oded to Campbellville for clinics to help me maintain a high standard of riding with his systematic approach. Six time Olympian, Robert Dover already has established clinics at David Marcus Dressage which is a great thing because his horse, Fiero HGF is coming with me! I will have some vacancies available to take horses for schooling, competition and sale as well as offering training/clinics for riders at all levels. Please feel free to contact me to discuss you goals.
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Intermediare 1 prize giving. Myself in 5th place with Wasmut and the winners, David Marcus on Chrevi's Capital.
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