What’s up Catalpa #5

Memorial Day Weekend schooling, Field Day Clinic, Ride-A -Test, and ODE are CANCELLED. We have had persistent rain for the last two weeks, and with predicated rain this week. We can not offer safe or reliable footing. We are beyond disappointed, but grateful for the volunteers who helped prep and volunteered for the event. Monies have not been cashed and will be returned in a timely fashion. Your patience, understanding and support is appreciated.

What’s Up #4: Ride-a-Test with Dressage Judge Kate Kostenbader

Saturday, May 29, 2021

USDF Dressage L Program Graduate, Bronze Medalist, riding instructor and competitor Kate Kostenbader with her horse Wildorado’s Serenade

Somewhat unrelated but important note: Due to footing concerns, XC schooling on Saturday May 29 will be limited to those with complete entries for the ODE on the 30th, or who have already communicated about also bringing a non-compete horse. Entry status will be checked at the gate. Now back to the dressage clinic info.

Need a little dressage polish before show day? Join Kate Kostenbader at Catalpa Corner Horse Park on Saturday, July 29 to fine tune your test! Together we can refine a few factors that really matter to your score, such as rider position and effectiveness, geometry and relaxation. You’ll leave our session feeling better prepared for your test and more confident. Kate will work with you and you will get your test back with comments. Cost is $30.00 for ½ hour session.

For information or to schedule, contact Kate directly at kostenbaderk@gmail.com.

Volunteers needed, May 29 and 30

Catalpa Corner is a buzz with activity prepping for our Memorial FUN Weekend with Open Schooling May 29 as well as Field Day Clinic with Camie Stockhausen. We are in the final planning stages for our ODE May 30th, and would like reach out to our horse community for a few volunteers.

All of our volunteers are fed with tasty meals/treats and will go home with CCCHT T shirt and hat as well as a coupon for further open schooling at the park for a day’s donation. We are in need of about 7 cross country jumps judges coordinated by Jay Stockhausen. Please reach out to him at ajstockhausen42@gmail.com if you can help for an afternoon. We are also looking for a dressage and stadium scribes, a golf cart runner and 1-2 check-in people for open schooling May 29th.

Please email Susan Brigham at catalpacorner@gmail.com if you can share your expertise! Thank you and we are so looking forward to seeing our old and new friends.

What’s Up, catalpa #3

We’re all watching Land Rover Kentucky today, but the Catalpa Corner Horse Park course designer, course builder and Jay Stockhausen are creating miracles on the Catalpa course today. It never stops. This huge tree fell in one of Susan and Jim’s pastures and today it is going to the park to fulfill its destiny as a landmark obstacle. Imagine trying to load this up! Big jumping fun ahead.

Go Catalpa!

What’s Up, Catalpa #2

Spring Cleaning! 

All projects start at the Mill House, just up the hill from the party barn.  However, the beating heart of the horse park was beyond chaotic, disorganized, dirty, and overall, rather depressing.  I am surrounded by the farmer mentally which does not throw anything away – no matter how archaic, rusted or useless – and the clutter just kept snowballing year after year.

After the delivery of a rather large dumpster, the tossing began. A week later, a decade of chaos is resolved!

Don’t tell Jim…

The Mill House now has a WOW factor and lightens our labors of love! 

See you in May! Go Catalpa.


What’s Up, Catalpa?, #1

Derecho Damage and Clean Up – Thank you FOREVER, Jay Stockhausen

Jay Stockhausen jumping one of the birdhouse rolltop jumps he designed and created for Catalpa, on his mare, Better and Better,

The Derecho of 2020 seemed to pick and choose its disastrous path across the state and, unfortunately, steered sustained 80+ mph winds into our woods, bringing devastation.  

We lost over 15 very large mature trees and the forest floor was littered with outstretched and twisted limbs.

Losing trees is so sad and difficult.

The cost to hire a professional to address the 2-3 trees that naturally fall each year in the park is about $3,000. Cleaning up after the massive devastation caused by the August 10, 2020 derecho was simply not in our pocketbook.  

We will be indebted for infinity for the skill, dedication and kindness of Jay Stockhausen, who appeared monthly with a fueled-up and sharp chainsaw and spent a weekend with us sawing trees and stacking limbs, creating a two-story burn pile.

Jay expertly piloting his other mount at Catalpa

We have collected the tree trunks to make jumps and carved logs and lumber (more on that coming soon) for jumps – the ultimate recycling. 

Kick on Catalpa!

~ Susan