July Results

This month was quite steamy across the country, but that didn’t stop our horses from bringing home some impressive results!

7/25-26: FENCE Horse Trials (Tryon, NC)

  • Susan Thomas with Excel Star Kate: 4th in Open Preliminary

7/25-26: Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials (Allentown, NJ)

  • Cassie Plumb with Excel Star Eye Candy: 3rd in Open Beginner Novice

7/25: Hunt Club Farms Horse Trials (Berryville, VA)

  • Kelli Temple with Excel Star Royal Trend: 3rd in Open Novice-B
  • Kelly Waters with Excel Star Independence: 9th in Open Novice-B

7/20-24: Virginia Horse Trials (Lexington, VA)

  • Jessica Chappell with My Atlantic Spark (formerly Excel Star Atlantic): 2nd in Modified-1 Day
  • Taylore Clarke with Excel Star Challenge Accepted: 3rd in Novice Rider-2 Day


7/19: Full Moon Farm Aloha Horse Trials (Finksburg, MD)

  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Double Clover: 3rd in Open Training
  • Courtney with sale horse Excel Star High Hopes: 4th in Open Novice-B
  • Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Just Right: 4th in Open Novice-A

7/18-19: Course Brook Farm Horse Trials (Sherborn, MA)

  • Paige Crotty with Excel Star E.I. Revere: 3rd in Novice-A

7/18: Silverwood Summer Horse Trials (Camp Lake, WI)

  • Victoria Prince with Briarhill Excel Star Cornetta: 2nd in Open Beginner Novice-C

7/11-12: Greater Atlanta Dressage Southern (Conyers, GA)

  • Kerry Tracey and Excel Star Kate: 2nd in First Level, Test 3; 1st in Second Level, Test 1; Second Level High Score

7/10-12: The Maryland Horse Trials II (Adamstown, MD)

  • Kelli Temple with Excel Star Royal Trend: 1st in Open Novice-A
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star First Class: 3rd in Open Training-B
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star Tick Tok: 3rd in 5-year-old Young Event Horse
  • Courtney with The Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time to Shine: 4th in Open Training-AKelly Waters with Excel Star Independence: 7th in Open Beginner Novice-B
  • Dana Lortie with Excel Star Midas touch: 8th in Training Rider-B
  • Courtney with The B.E.S.T. Group’s Briarhill Excel Star Take 2: 8th in 4-year-old Young Event Horse
  • Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Renaissance: 10th in 5-year-old Young Event Horse

7/10-12: Dressage at Lexington (Lexington, VA)

  • Jessica Chappell with Excel Star Atlantic: 1st & 2nd in FEI Eventing TOC

7/10-12: Champagne Run at the Park Horse Trials (Lexington, KY)

  • Kathleen Bertuna with Excel Star Harry: 1st in Sr. Novice Rider-C

7/3-5: The Maryland International & Horse Trials (Adamstown, MD)

  • Kelly Beaver with Excel Star Pluto: 1st in Open Novice-B
  • Courtney with sale horse Excel Star High Hopes: 2nd in Open Beginner Novice-B
  • Kelli Temple with Excel Star Royal Trend: 2nd in Open Beginner Novice-A
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star Tick Tock: 3rd in Open Training-C
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time to Shine: 4th in Open Training-A
  • Paige Crotty with Excel Star E.I. Revere: 4th in Open Beginner Novice-B
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star First Class: 5th in Open Training-B
  • Courtney with The B.E.S.T. Group’s Briarhill Excel Star Take 2: 9th in Open Beginner Novice-B

7/2-5: Twin Rivers Summer Horse Trials (Paso Robles, CA)

  • Rebecca Braitling with Excel Star Zen Z (aka Excel Star Excalibur): 1st in Open Beginner Novice
  • Kaylawna Smith with AEV Above Authority (aka Excel Star Above Authority): 5th in Open Preliminary-A

A Testimonial From A Happy Client

I recently purchased a horse from Courtney after looking at some very lovely horses in the U.K. in October (16 in fact!) and in the United States as well. None of which were quite what I was looking for. As an adult amateur, I wanted a smallish attractive gelding with good enough movement to do pure dressage and scope for a two star.

Most importantly, my horse had to have an honest, willing, easy temperament. I keep my horses at home and am often taking care of them and riding completely alone so the most important quality is temperament. I simply cannot compromise. I tried a couple of horses at Courtney’s that were very very nice and one was almost the right fit but not quite. Courtney videoed me while I was riding and then sent those videos on to her partners in Ireland with a description of me and my needs.

Within days, Courtney had been back to Ireland and had several good options which she forwarded on to my trainer Kelli Temple. Between the two of them they were able to narrow them all down to one special horse which Kelli then forwarded on to me. I loved him at first sight but was hesitant to make an investment without meeting my horse in person and getting to know his temperament. Courtney understood how important it was for me to have time to get to know the horse before making a permanent commitment. We then signed a contract stating that I would purchase the horse, Kelli would try him for me at Courtney’s farm and if she agreed he was a good fit for me, Kelli would bring him to my farm where I would have some time to see if he and I got along and how he fit in to the environment. If either Kelli or I did not like him for any reason at all, Courtney would sell him on or swap him out for a different horse. This agreement gave me the confidence to take a chance and move forward with the purchase. Courtney was so confident in both the quality of this horse and its suitability for me that she was happy to offer me what I needed most, time getting to know the horse.

And she was right. Kelli loved the horse for me and was excited to bring him to my farm the night before Christmas Eve. I was thrilled when he arrived.

He was exactly the type of horse I had been searching for and over the course of the first week he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt he was was also the temperament I needed. I now call him Saint Nick due to his Christmas arrival and his saintly temperament.

This horse is my next forever partner and I could not be happier with the match. Thank you so much Courtney for hearing me so clearly and for meeting my needs so exactly and for working so positively and professionally with both my trainer Kelli Temple and with me every step of the way.

Excel Star Pluto and Kelly Beaver WIN!

CONGRATS to longtime student Kelly Beaver and her new horse, Excel Star Pluto, on winning their first horse trials! The pair finished the day in the lead of their Open Beginner Novice division at the ESDCTA New Jersey at the Horse Park in Allentown, NJ. We can’t wait to see what the future hold for these two.

Excel Star horses shine at the American Eventing Championships!

CONGRATS to all of our Excel Star Sporthorses family for such great finishes at this year’s American Eventing Championships! Leading the way was the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time To Shine, ridden by Courtney, who WON the Novice Horse division. Another notable finish was Kathleen Bertuna and her Excel Star Harry who finished 3rd in the Master Amateur Beginner Novice division.