15 year old, 15.2hh thoroughbred gelding
“Ian,” as he is fondly known around the barn, is a quirky, but incredibly special guy. Huxley originally purchased Ian in 2009 as her next upper level eventing mount, but along the way, he decided he just wanted to dance. His love for dressage took Huxley down an unforeseen, but much appreciated path. Together, the two of them competed at third level in 2014, moved up to fourth level in 2016, and made their Prix St. George debut in 2018. Ian’s 2019 goals include a very special I1 move up. Although Ian chose “sand dancing” as his primary occupation, he still enjoys eventing at the lower levels. Infact, Ian was 2nd at the Heart of the Carolinas Novice 3-day in 2017, two weeks later, this athletic little guy placed 2nd at Lexington Spring Dressage scoring a 66% at 4th level. He did so without even blinking an eye, which is a true representation of his heart and athleticism. Ian absolutely loves skittles, and must have them at every show.
13 year old, 17hh thoroughbred gelding
“Marcus,” came to Huxley in 2015, and she was so fortunate that he did. The two of them competed at novice in 2015, moving up to training in 2016. Noteable results include placing 1st at Heart of Carolinas Training 3-day in 2017. While Marcus definitely prefers cross country, don’t be fooled that he can’t hold his own in the dressage arena! In his opinion, he is “dragged” to dressage shows where he consistently scores in the high 60s and low 70s, usually winning multiple first level classes. In 2018, Marcus made a successful moveup to prelim, and should be going around his first CCI* in 2019. Marcus breezed through training level, but hit a bit of a learning curve at prelim, and has taken time in 2018 to learn his footwork and feel more confident at the level. Marcus absolutely loves oatmeal raisin cookies.
27 year old, 16.1hh thoroughbred/Clydesdale gelding
Although now enjoying retired life, Huxley is forever grateful to the experiences she had with Octavian. Over the past few years, he’s developed the nick name, “Mouse,” which he doesn’t seem to mind one bit. Huxley and Octavian started their journey together in 2003 - both very green at the time. There were lots of bumps in the road, but the two eventually moved up to the preliminary level together in 2006. In 2008, they completed their first CCI* together at Morven. At that time, Morven CCI* was still a long-format event. They placed 10th at that event, and went on in 2009 to represent Area II at NAJYRC in Kentucky and were a member of the gold medal winning team. Octavian officially retired in 2011, and is now enjoying retired life relaxing with his buddies.