November Show Results Recap

With the competition season winding down, it’s been nice to see our graduates finish out the season strong! Now it’s time for a little vacation before we start prepping for an exciting 2021 competition season!

11/28-29: Pine Top Farm Thanksgiving Horse Trials (Thomson, GA)
Lauren Alexander with Excel Star Over the Moon: 1st in Training Rider-B
Susan Thomas with Excel Star Kate: 4th in Open Preliminary 

11/21-22: Southern Arizona Horse Trials (Tuscon, AZ)
Jennifer Achilles with Excel Star Lance: 2nd in Novice Rider-B

11/15: Stable View Eventing Academy Horse Trials (Aiken, SC)
Susan Thomas with Excel Star Kate: 1st in Intermediate Combined Test; 1st in Preliminary Combined Test
Lauren Alexander with Excel Star Over the Moon: 2nd in Training Horse Trials-A
Caitlin Silliman with Excel Star Eye Candy: 2nd in Training Horse Trials-B

11/13-15: Twin Rivers November Horse Trials (Paso Robles, CA)
Julie Flettner with Excel Star Romeo: 2nd in Open Beginner Novice

11/8: Full Moon Farm Horse Trials (Finksburg, MD)
Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Phoenix: 1st in Open Beginner Novice 
Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Double Clover: 1st in Open Training

11/8: Full Gallop Farm Schooling Event (Aiken, SC)
Jeanne Hulse with Excel Star Tristan: 4th in Beginner Novice

11/7-8: WHES Horse Trials (Raeford, NC)
Ellen Agler with Excel Star Briarhill’s Cornet: 8th in Maiden-A 

10/31-11/1: Plantation Field Starter Trials (Unionville, PA)
Kelly Beaver with Excel Star Pluto: 1st in Training Horse-Sun
Dana Lortie with Excel Star Midas Touch: 5th in Training Rider-Sun

10/31-11/1: The Maryland Starter Trials (Adamstown, MD)
Kelli Temple with Excel Star Royal Trend: 1st in Training-SatB
Kelli Temple with Excel Star Saint Nick: 5th in Beginner Novice-SatA

10/31-11/1: PSJ Aiken Fall Classic (Aiken, SC)
Emily Smith with sale horse Excel Star Fair Play: Champion 1.05m Jumpers
Emily Smith with sale horse Excel Star Renaissance: Champion 1.10m Jumpers
Emily Smith with Christie Goodwick’s Excel Star Top Hat: 5th in Performance Under Saddle

10/30-11/1: The Virginia Horse Trials (Lexington, VA)
Paige Crotty with Excel Star Armina Z: 3rd in CCI2*-S
Taylore Clarke with Excel Star Challenge Accepted: 9th in Open Training-A

10/28-11/1: The Dutta Corporation’s East Coast Young Event Horse Championships (Lexington, VA)
Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time to Shine: 6th in 5-year-old Division B
Courtney with the B.E.S.T. Group’s Briarhill Excel Star Take 2: 9th in 4-year-old 
Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Just Right: 12th in 4-year-old 

October Competition Results Recap

As the competition season starts to wind down, we’re so happy to see these super results keep rolling in. Watching everyone’s partnerships grow with their horses has been so rewarding to watch, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

10/18: Stable View Eventing Academy Schooling Show (Aiken, SC)
– Jeanne Hulse with Excel Star Tristan: 1st in Beginner Novice Combined Test

10/17-18: The Maryland Starter Trials (Adamstown, MD)
– Kelli Temple with Excel Star Saint Nick: 5th in Beginner Novice-SatB

10/17-18: Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Horse Trials (Tryon, NC)
– Lauren Alexander with Excel Star Over the Moon: 4th in Open Training-B
– Kerry Tracey with Excel Star Kate: 4th in Open Preliminary 

10/17: Fair Hill Starter Horse Trials (Elkton, MD)
– Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Darcy: 1st in Open Training-A
– Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Just Right: 2nd in Open Training-B

10/10-11: WHES October Horse Trials (Raeford, NC)
– Ellie van Gemeren: Excel Star Gazer: 10th in Preliminary 

10/10: Radnor Hunt Horse Trials (Malvern, PA)
– Dana Lortie with Excel Star Midas Touch: 2nd in Training Rider
– Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time to Shine: 2nd in Open Preliminary-A
– Hillary Moses with Excel Star Gladiator: 3rd in Novice-A
– Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Darcy: 3rd in Novice-B
– Cassie Plumb with Excel Star Eye Candy: 4th in Novice-B 
– Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star Tick Tock: 4th in Open Preliminary-B 
– Hillary Moses with Excel Star Ecco: 8th in Novice-B

10/9-11: The Maryland Horse Trials III & Area II Championships (Adamstown, MD)
– Paige Crotty with Excel Star Amina Z: 2nd in Open Preliminary-B

10/8-11: Woodside International Horse Trials (Woodside, CA)
– Tamra Smith with AEV Above Authority (formerly Excel Star Above Authority): 1st in CCI2*-S
– Julie Flettner with Excel Star Romeo: 7th in Open Beginner Novice

10/2-4: Morven Park International (Leesburg, VA)
– Jessica Chappell with My Atlantic Spark (formerly Excel Star Atlantic): 3rd in Preliminary Rider
– Courtney with the B.E.S.T. Group’s Briarhill Excel Star Take 2: 3rd in Training Horse-A
– Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star First Class: 4th in Training Horse-B

August Results Recap

Whew … August certainly flew by! We wanted to catch everyone up on the competition results for our Excel Star horses. While we were all sad to miss out on the American Eventing Championships this year, everyone seemed to stay busy!

8/29: Silverwood Farm Fall Horse Trials (Camp Lake, WI)

  • Victoria Prince with Briarhill Excel Star Cornetta: 3rd in Open Novice-B

8/23: Flora Lea Starter Trials & YEH (Medford, NJ)

  • Courtney with Excel Star Now or Never: 2nd in 5-year-old Young Event Horse
  • Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Quidam’s Cavalier: 2nd in 4-year-old Young Event Horse
  • Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Just Right: 3rd in Training-A

8/22-23: War Horse Event Series August Horse Trials (Raeford, NC)

  • Allison Klaitman with Excel Star Moondance: 9th in Maiden Horse Trial-A

8/22-23: Town Hill Farm Horse Trials (Salisbury, CT)

  • Ellie van Gemeren with Excel Star Gazer: 3rd in Open Training

8/15-16: Waredaca Horse Trials (Laytonsville, MD)

  • Dana Lortie with Excel Star Midas touch: 3rd in Training Rider-A

8/8: Fox Valley Mini Event (Hampshire, IL)

  • Vicki Prince with Excel Star Cornetta: 1st in Novice

8/8: Exmoor Eventing Derby (Nunda, NY)

  • Eden Dedrick with Excel Star High Hopes: 1st in Beginner Novice

8/7-8: Fair Hill International Horse Trials (Elkton, MD)

  • Paige Crotty with Excel Star Armina Z: 1st in Open Training-B
  • Cassie Plumb with Excel Star Eye Candy: 2nd in Open Novice-C
  • Courtney with The B.E.S.T. Group’s Briarhill Excel Star Take 2: 2nd in Open Novice-A
  • Jessica Chappell with My Atlantic Spark (formerly Excel Star Atlantic): 4th in Preliminary Rider
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star First Class: 4th in Open Training-C
  • Hillary Moses with Excel Star Gladiator: 5th in Open Novice-A
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star Tick Tock: 6th in Open Training-B

8/1-2: PSJ Back to School Show (Aiken, SC)

  • Darrell Vaughn with Melissa Allen’s Excel Star Touch the Sky: Champion 0.80m Jumper
  • Emily Smith with Christie Goodwick’s Excel Star Top Hat: Reserve Champion Green Hunter 

7/29-8/2: Summer in the Rockies Continued II (Parker, CO)

  • Jennifer Achilles with Excel Star Lance: 1st in 0.95m Low Child/Adult Jumper Stake + 2nd and 9th in 0.95m Low Child/Adult Jumpers

7/29-8/2: HITS Chicago Equifest II (Wayne, IL)

  • Christian Maloney with True Valor (formerly known as Excel Star Junograph): 8th in Kinvarra Child/Adult High Jumpers

8/2: Olney Farm Horse Trials (Joppa, MD)

  • Courtney with The B.E.S.T. Group’s Briarhill Excel Star Take 2: 1st in Open Novice
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star First Class: 1st in Open Training-1
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time to Shine: 2nd in Open Training-2
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Double Clover: 7th in Open Training-1
  • Kathleen Bertuna with Excel Star Harry: 9th in Open Training-2

#TrainingTipTuesday

Courtney’s latest “Training Tip Tuesday” video offers a brilliant bit of insight on the topic of choosing your next eventer.

Make sure you tune in to the C Square Farm Facebook every week for #TrainingTipTuesday and more educational content like this. This week we’ll be doing a live conformation review of these same horses.

Is there something specific you want to learn from Courtney? Email us with your ideas.

 

June Show Results

Everyone seemed to get back in the swing of things this month, and we’re thrilled to see some of our Excel Star horses out and about with their new owners! Be sure to send us photos and videos to share!

6/27-28: Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials (Allentown, NJ)

  • Hillary Moses with Excel Star Gladiator: 4th in Open Novice-B
  • Kelly Beaver with Excel Star Pluto: 9th in Open Novice-A

6/20-21: Stable View Summer Horse Trials (Aiken, SC)

  • Kerry Tracey with Excel Star Kate: 1st in Training Rider
  • Kathleen Bertuna with Excel Star Harry: 2nd in Novice Rider 
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time to Shine: 5th in Open Training 

6/19-21: Surefire Horse Trials (Purcellville, VA)

  • Jessica Chappell with Excel Star Atlantic: 4th in Training Rider-B

6/13-14: Full Gallop Farm YEH & Horse Trials (Aiken, SC)

  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time to Shine: 1st in 5-year-old Young Event Horse
  • Alyssa with Pat Thompson’s Excel Star Happy Surprize: 1st in Beginner Novice-B
  • Alyssa with sale horse Excel Star Just Right: 1st in 4-year-old Young Event Horse
  • Lauren Alexander with Excel Star Over the Moon: 2nd in Novice-A
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star First Class: 2nd in 5-year-old Young Event Horse
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Double Clover: 3rd in 5-year-old Young Event Horse
  • Lauren Alexander with Excel Star Over the Moon: 4th in 5-year-old Young Event Horse
  • Kerry Tracey with Excel Star Kate: 5th in Training-B 

6/7: Plantation Field Starter Horse Trials (Unionville, PA)

  • Dana Lortie with Excel Star Midas Touch: 1st in Training Rider-A

6/5-6: Plantation Field Horse Trials (Unionville, PA)

  • Hillary Moses with Excel Star Gladiator: 1st in Open Novice-A

May Show Results

One of our Excel Star family members was able to get out for a schooling show this month, and we’re so proud of her! Kudos to you Lauren!

5/23-24: Stable View Eventing Academy Schooling Show (Aiken, SC)

  • Lauren Alexander with Excel Star Over the Moon: 6th in Novice-B

COVID19 Update from Excel Star Sporthorses

These are challenging times for everyone, and we want to give an update about our status here at Excel Star Sporthorses. First, we’ve chosen to stay in South Carolina for the immediate future. The weather is beautiful and the horses have been enjoying the great footing in our outdoor, unlimited hacking and the cross country course.

We’re still able to continue to market and show horses to prospective buyers, taking a very cautious approach which includes having guests meet us in the arena and not entering our barns.

For those clients that aren’t able to travel, we’re happy to talk to you at length on your needs and send extensive videos to aide you in your purchase decisions.

Ireland has recently re-opened, making it possible to start importing horses again. Our Irish partners are working hard to source more stars, and we’re actively shopping for our US clients.

As is always the case our relationships with our clients is paramount so first and foremost stay safe and secure and please let us know if we may be of service, feel free to call or text 610-952-5347 or email [email protected].

March Competition Results

While the competition season came to an abrupt end due to the global pandemic, we do have a few results to share from before everyone had to stay home. We know that this is a stressful time for many, so we encourage everyone to stay in touch via our Excel Star Sporthorses Facebook and Instagram accounts.

3/13-15: Pine Top Spring Horse Trials (Thomson, GA)

  • Courtney with Kelly Water’s Excel Star Independence: 2nd in Open Novice-B
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Double Clover: 4th in Open Training-A
  • Jennifer Achilles with Excel Star Lance: 6th in Sr. Training Rider-B
  • Alyssa with sale horse Excel Star Just Right: 8th in Open Novice-B
  • Alyssa with sale horse Excel Star Renaissance: 8th in Open Training-A
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time to Shine: 9th in Open Training-B
  • Alyssa with sale horse Excel Star Tristan: 10th in Open Novice-B

3/6-8: Southern Pines Horse Trials (Raeford, NC)

  • Ellie van Gemeren with Excel Star Gazer: 8th in Open Traiing-A

2/29-3/1: Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials (Aiken, SC)

  • Jennifer Achilles with Excel Star Lance: 1st in Novice Rider-B
  • Kathleen Bertuna with Excel Star Harry: 1st in Novice Rider-A
  • Alyssa with sale horse Excel Star Just Right: 4th in Beginner Novice Horse 
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star Tick Tock: 5th in Open Training-A
  • Alyssa with sale horse Excel Star Tristan: 6th in Open Novice-A
  • Kelli Temple with Excel Star Independence: 6th in Novice Horse 
  • Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Junograaph: 7th in Open Novice-A
  • Alyssa with Ashley McCaughan’s Briarhill Excel Star Temple: 10th in Open Beginner Novice

2/28-3/1: Rocking Horse III Horse Trials (Altoona, FL)

  • Taylore Clarke with Excel Star Challenge Accepted: 7th in Sr. Training Rider-A

A testimonial from Ashley McCaughan, DVM of California

We know that traveling is challenging right now, which is making horse shopping a little difficult for folks wanting to purchase a new horse. We wanted to take a moment to share one of our success stories of one recent buyer who purchased her horse based on our recommendation without being able to see him or meet us in person until the horse arrived in the USA. 

We also want to share with you new photos of our latest import, Excel Star Eye Candy. We’re very excited about this one and are happy to  provide references for others that have purchased horses from videos … it’s not as uncommon as you think and we are happy to stand behind the horses 100%!

From Ashley McCaughan, DVM of California:
My horse buying journey began in late 2019. My goal was simple: to ride at Prelim by age 40 (I will be 38 in 2 weeks). I am an amateur event rider who has ridden other people’s horses for the last 30 years—it was time to buy my own.

Where does one start looking? I called around and talked with a few local contacts. I looked on the internet at horses for sale—Canada, Southeastern US—I was open to anything. I saw a nice 7-year-old for sale and emailed the owner/trainer, Courtney Cooper. And so began an educational journey  which led to the purchase of a 4-year-old Irish Sport Horse, that I had never ridden or seen in person, purchased off a video.

A few things about Courtney are noticeably exceptional: if you write her, she replies promptly.  If you call, she calls you back. Her communication is excellent. And it has to be. While the horse I had seen in the ad had already sold, Courtney offered to look for a horse for me on her next trip to Ireland, a few days away. I had never contemplated buying a young horse, let alone an imported young horse.  She was going anyway, so there was no pressure. I was interested in learning more …

Courtney explained why it might make sense for me: good quality was more affordable at a young age. (The horse I wanted existed, but was not in my budget domestically or internationally.) The horses she was sourcing were of sound mind, excellent movers and jumped effortlessly. They would be able to help me achieve my goal. 

I took Courtney at her word—but I didn’t really need to. She connected me to several clients who had recently (and not so recently) purchased horses from her. They were all satisfied with the process and the resulting purchases.

Courtney rode the horses, and sent me videos of the ones she liked. I watched video after video of youngsters free jumping, being ridden under saddle in the yards of Ireland. I liked many of them, and one in particular.

Courtney made the process easy and fun. I became comfortable with the uncertainty of buying an import that I hadn’t sat on. I trusted in the process, and in Courtney’s ability to match me with a quality horse that I would get along with. To ease the transition between Ireland and my home in CA, I asked Courtney to keep him for 3 months. In that short time, he progressed remarkably: jumping around a novice level cross-country and stadium course. 

I flew to Aiken to meet Courtney and to ride 4-year-old Temple for the first time. The 4-day trip solidified for me that Courtney and her team are the real-deal. Temple carried me around a novice course, doing his job smartly. His temperament was solid and calm, so much so, I often forgot I was sitting on a young horse.

Courtney and her crew are the real-deal: Hard-working, transparent, honest and kind. I feel lucky to have worked with Courtney and I look forward to the journey ahead for Excel Star Briarhill Temple. 

Excel Star Eye Candy: 2015 16.2h chestnut Belgian Warmblood gelding
By Arezzo VDL out of Queen Z

This lovely young horse has both evented and horse showed overseas, and is here in Aiken. He has a good lead change, is easy to ride and could certainly be produced by a junior or amateur. He’s a quality young horse that is quiet in every way. He has enough quality and scope to go onto the upper levels in eventing, the hunters or the jumpers and is certainly classy enough for a professional.

Located in Aiken, SC. To learn more: https://excelstarsporthorses.com/sales/excel-star-eye-candy/. Contact Courtney today at [email protected] or (610) 952 – 5347, or here on Instagram/Facebook.

Excel Star Eye Candy

February Competition Results!

One of the best things about selling horses is seeing them succeed with their new owners, and we were lucky to see some of that success first hand as several Excel Star Sporthorses family members came to stay with us in Aiken for some fun this winter. Keep reading for a full list of results from the month of February …

2/22-23: Three Lakes Winter II Horse Trials (Groveland, FL)

  • Samantha Tinney with Eminem m2s (formerly Excel Star Eminem): 3rd in Preliminary Rider 
  • Taylore Clarke with Excel Star Challenge Accepted: 8th in Novice Rider-A

2/21-23: Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials (Thomson, GA)

  • Jennifer Achilles with Excel Star Lance: 1st in Sr. Novice Rider 
  • Lauren Alexander with Excel Star Over the Moon: 4th in Sr. Novice Rider 
  • Dana Lortie with Excel Star Midas touch: 6th in Sr. Training Rider 

2/14-16: Paradise Farm Horse Trials (Aiken, SC)

  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star Tick Tock: 1st in Open Training-A
  • Alyssa with sale horse Excel Star Renaissance: 1st in Open Novice-A
  • Courtney with sale horse Excel Star Trendsetter: 5th in Open Novice-A
  • Student Kathleen Bertuna with Excel Star Harry: 7th in Novice Rider-A
  • Courtney with her and Neal’s Excel Star First Class: 7th in Open Training-B

2/7-9: Pine Top Intermediate Horse Trials (Thomson, GA)

  • Jennifer Achilles with Excel Star Lance: 3rd in Sr. Beginner Novice Rider
  • Jessica Chappell with Excel Star Atlantic: 5th in Sr. Training Rider 
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Time to Shine: 6th in Open Training-B
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Double Clover: 9th in Open Training-A

2/6-9: Ocala Winter I Horse Trials (Ocala, FL)

  • Samantha Tinney with Eminem m2s (formerly Excel Star Eminem): 4th in Preliminary Rider-B

2/1: Sporting Days Horse Trials (Aiken, SC)

  • Alyssa with sale horse Excel Star Trendsetter: 2nd in Open Beginner Novice
  • Alyssa with sale horse Excel Star Renaissance: 4th in Open Novice-B
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Double Clover: 5th in Open Novice-A
  • Courtney with the Dare to Dream Team’s Excel Star Fair Play: 5th in Open Novice-B 
  • Courtney with her and Neal Camen’s Excel Star First Class: 5th in Training Horse 
  • Courtney with The Constellation Partners’ Excel Star Junograaph: 6th in Open Novice-B
  • Courtney with her and Neal Camen’s Excel Star Tick Tock: 9th in Training Horse