Green Hill Sport Horses

Green Hill Sport Horses Eventing training and sales barn operated by Helen Laffitte. Helen has competed thru CIC*** level in eventing and is a "A" graduate of Pony Club.
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Eventing training and sales barn operated by Helen Laffitte. Helen has competed thru CIC** level in eventing and is a "A" graduate of Pony Club.

Magnolia Sport Horses
02/04/2020

Magnolia Sport Horses

Next potential foal! 🤩

"Bella" (Furst Romancier/Karon) is a 2010 Oldenburg (GOV) mare from the illustrious dam line of Loretta. We are very fortunate to have this mare in our program currently, thank you to Terry! ‘Bella’ has had two foals by Reiner K- a 2017 colt and a 2019 filly! Her 2019 filly, RS Reverie was premium and site champion filly at our Westfalen NA inspection and was sold to Merideth Hebert - Congratulations!

Bella is in foal to Eurequine, LLC's stallion Donarweiss for 2020!

We enjoyed taking Lyla to Apple Tree yesterday for some show experience and course practice.  She was completely unphase...
01/31/2020

We enjoyed taking Lyla to Apple Tree yesterday for some show experience and course practice. She was completely unphased by the warm up or any of the fillers. She’s such a lovely youngster and is for sale.

01/27/2020
The US Event Horse Futurity

Did you catch Lana’s first vlog? #voiceoverschallengemytechnologicalabilities

And our second vlog coms from Leifmotif( Lotus T-Giselle ) and Helen Hill and Magnolia Sporthorses!

Excited to have Magnolia Sport Horses’ Lana entered in the futurity this year.  Keep an eye out for our upcoming vlogs.
01/25/2020

Excited to have Magnolia Sport Horses’ Lana entered in the futurity this year. Keep an eye out for our upcoming vlogs.

Leitmotif ( Lotus T - Giselle) #RPSI #fehwinner

01/17/2020

Desi having an easy dressage school at The Vista Schooling and Event Center while our home base of Bridlewood Farm’s arena is being revamped. This classy horse is #forsale.

Desi had a great school in the warm up at Bruce’s field.  His lovely jump and solid flat education make him a great equi...
01/08/2020

Desi had a great school in the warm up at Bruce’s field. His lovely jump and solid flat education make him a great equitation prospect. Proudly for sale.

12/18/2019
Magnolia Sport Horses

Magnolia Sport Horses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NayFBkHoLQs

Happy to be able to share this video of Candola from his Bundestchampionate in 2010! Helen Laffitte and Ellen Geddes are so excited to be standing this stallion in 2020 and for Helen to be able to compete him! Get in touch for more information.

12/11/2019

Padoga schooling this morning at the Vista! Love having such a great location to take the horses. She will be competing this weekend and had a stellar ride today in preparation! Padoga is for sale- contact us for more information

11/26/2019

Helen Laffitte and Lyla are enjoying coming back into work together jumping gymnastics at the home base of Bridlewood Farm!

We have a select few spots for training this winter at our new home of Bridlewood Farm.
10/31/2019

We have a select few spots for training this winter at our new home of Bridlewood Farm.

Bridlewood has 4-6 more self care stalls avaliable for winter rental. Come join us for a fun winter of training in Aiken!

Board options avaliable as well!

Helen’s breeding operation with Ellen has an awesome foal available for sale in-utero this year.  Top dressage mare Ques...
08/10/2019

Helen’s breeding operation with Ellen has an awesome foal available for sale in-utero this year. Top dressage mare Questa has a Grand Prix record and has been bred to For Romance for this upcoming spring. Check out Magnolia Sport horses to keep up with all our breeding happenings!

Thank you so much to Tayna Nadas for this photo of our site champion mare Questa owned by Joan Owen! Questa is in foal to For Romance for the spring of 2020 and this foal is avaliable for purchase in-utero to a competition home!

Maplewood Farm
06/05/2019

Maplewood Farm

We are once again hosting the Westfalen NA inspection- this year on August 6! We have braiding, handling, and stabling available- get in touch to let us know what you need!

Enjoying our arena built by Clint Bertalan Farms,LLC, set and ready for lessons with Jan Byyny
02/17/2019

Enjoying our arena built by Clint Bertalan Farms,LLC, set and ready for lessons with Jan Byyny

We’ve done a terrible job congratulating student and consistent life saver Johannah Crumpton on her 1st and 2nd place fi...
02/03/2019

We’ve done a terrible job congratulating student and consistent life saver Johannah Crumpton on her 1st and 2nd place finishes at her last two events. Johannah and wonder horse Rumor are mastering this training level thing and we couldn’t be more proud of their performances at Stable View and Sporting Days.

01/12/2019

Very proud as well of sales horse Belle who also competed in the dressage Apple Tree Farm South this week!

01/12/2019

We had a great trip to Apple Tree Farm South for a schooling show this past week. Ruth won her dressage! She is progressing very well, and is for sale. Thank you Valerie Swygert for the excellent judging, as usual!

Congratulations to Sarah and trainer Kathi Hines on the purchase of Mikayla! We have enjoyed developing her in the progr...
01/09/2019

Congratulations to Sarah and trainer Kathi Hines on the purchase of Mikayla! We have enjoyed developing her in the program and can't wait to see your successes together!

The ring is set and our latest clinic with Surefire Eventing is underway.  Thanks to Jan for bringing her knowledge to A...
01/07/2019

The ring is set and our latest clinic with Surefire Eventing is underway. Thanks to Jan for bringing her knowledge to Aiken! We can fit a few more riders for tomorrow if you want to join :)

01/02/2019
Green Hill Sport Horses

Green Hill Sport Horses

JAN BYYNY is coming back! January 7th and 8th, next monday/ Tuesday. It’s $120/ lesson. All levels welcome, small groups.
Contact Helen for more information or to sign up. [email protected] or 803-429-7319

Edited- dates were right, days were wrong. It’s Monday and Tuesday

01/02/2019

JAN BYYNY is coming back! January 7th and 8th, next monday/ Tuesday. It’s $120/ lesson. All levels welcome, small groups.
Contact Helen for more information or to sign up. [email protected] or 803-429-7319

Edited- dates were right, days were wrong. It’s Monday and Tuesday

12/31/2018

Thank you everyone for participating in the raffle. We are blown away by everyone’s support for Jessica Halliday and can’t wait to brighten her day with a fat check.
Congratulations to Cheryl MacDonald Quick on winning a spectacular horse.

If you missed this OTTB, check out Second Stride, Inc. and see if they have another pony that lights your fancy.

12/31/2018
12/31/2018

LIVE DRAWING HAPPENING ASAP BUT WILL BE ON Helen Laffitte BC WE CANT FIGURE OUT HOW TO PUT ON THIS PAGE

THERES STILL TIME! raffle ends at midnight. PayPal or Venmo greenhillsporthorses@gmail.com for your last minute tickets....
12/31/2018

THERES STILL TIME! raffle ends at midnight. PayPal or Venmo [email protected] for your last minute tickets.
We can’t wait to congratulate the winner at 5 PM tomorrow. Check for a live drawing done by Jess’s right hand girl Meg before you head out to celebrate New Years.
#blueandblacknation #buckoffcancer

12/30/2018

Blue finally had his quintessential Aiken outing on the last day of the raffle. He went to play and continue baby jump schooling in Hitchcock woods!

Can’t wait until tomorrow when we find out who gets the special boy in a live drawing. Tickets for sale until midnight.

Venmo or PayPal [email protected]. $100 for one or 225 for three. #buckoffcancer and show Jessica Halliday how much we care. #blueandblacknation

Thanks again to Equi-Motion Farrier Service and Aiken Equine for helping make this fundraiser possible.

12/24/2018

Blue wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Jessica Halliday an extra Happy jailbreak from the hospital by showing off his first time jumping under saddle!! This laid back rock star jumped down a grid line flawlessly (sadly the rockstar camera man messed up that complicated record button) and got lead changes both ways. Here’s a small clip.

Raffle is going until December 30th and the drawing will be on the 31st. Let’s help Jess #buckoffcancer and someone will be very lucky to get this awesome #ottb. Ticket special of 3 for $225 will go until the end or 1 ticket is $100. Venmo or paypal [email protected]

As always, thanks to Equi-Motion Farrier Service and Aiken Equine!

12/15/2018

This week in the adventures of Blue: the incredible Jan Byyny of Surefire Eventing came to visit and whip us all into shape. Blue and his other recently off the track friend Danner got to play and had their first introduction to poles. Blue was brilliant in his canter rhythm and found the pole work easy. We can’t wait to jump this week! This guy is just such a star.
Thanks to Johannah Crumpton for riding in the videos in the comments. And of course thanks to the continued support of Equi-Motion Farrier Service and Mitch Byrd and Celeste Barker of Aiken Equine and Second Stride, Inc. for finding this wonderful horse.

Raffle tickets are available to support JH Eventing and Jessica Halliday’s fight to #buckoffcancer until midnight, December 30. Drawing will be held on New Years Eve. Contact Helen Laffitte for more info. [email protected]

Want to participate in the raffle to support Jess but don’t want this awesome OTTB? Both Helen and GHSH and Shannon and Infinity Sport Horse have offered to sell Blue for the winner after the raffle or provide discounted training if you think he’s the horse for you but you want him to get more polish before he comes to you.

12/10/2018

Wondering what the spectacular Blue Moon Diamond has been up to? We’ve had disgusting weather so Blue has ridden in nasty rain at The Vista Schooling and Event Center and visited a beautiful covered arena at New Era Farm, LLC. Both update videos this week feature Wonder Woman Elissa Gerard who hasn’t ridden in years and Blue couldn’t have been more nonchalant about all of it. New places, crazy weather, random people, nothing phases this classy boy.
Raffle tickets available until midnight Decemeber 30.
JH Eventing, #buckoffcancer-teamjess, Aiken Equine, Equi-Motion Farrier Service, Second Stride, Inc., Jessica Halliday
#bluebuckoffcancerraffle-ottb

11/27/2018

OTTB RAFFLE TO SUPPORT #buckoffcancer-Team Jess

Green Hill Sport Horses is excited to offer Blue Moon Diamond, a 2014, RRP eligible gelding, sourced from Second Stride, Inc. in a raffle to support JH Eventing. Raffle made possible by the the support of Mitch and Celeste of Aiken Equine Veterinary Associates and Ryan Wicker of Equi-Motion Farrier Service.

Blue has a stellar disposition and lovely movement, look forward to more video in the coming weeks!

The details: Raffle tickets are $100 each (no limit to how many tickets you can buy), the drawing will be on New Years Eve, and if you win (and do not want to take Blue home immediately) you can receive reduced training from Helen Laffitte in Green Hill Sport Horses's program or with Shannon at Infinity Sport Horse or have either of these programs sell Blue for you. Blue will stay in training this month and will have a prepurchase exam available shortly.

Contact Helen Laffitte to purchase raffle tickets, all proceeds to support Jessica Halliday.

Lyla and the two OTTBs, Blue and Danner, practicing their jumping skills.  Fun to have such a classy group!  Thank you C...
11/25/2018

Lyla and the two OTTBs, Blue and Danner, practicing their jumping skills. Fun to have such a classy group! Thank you CANTER Illinois for Flashdance Road (the black war horse) and Second Stride, Inc. for Blue Moon Diamond (the lovely chestnut). Stay tuned for an exciting TB announcement

Today was baby chestnut mare day at Hitchcock. Both Lyla and Hippie were wonderful for their outings. Always grateful to...
11/06/2018

Today was baby chestnut mare day at Hitchcock. Both Lyla and Hippie were wonderful for their outings. Always grateful to have access to such a fantastic area for exposure and fitness.

11/05/2018

We have collected another stray human and are so grateful!
Kateri Hannes is figuring out where she wants to go in life and loaning GHSH her knowledge and diligence while taking a step back and we are overjoyed. Kateri has spent the last year shining up and sending CRE horses into the ring in addition to a year spent with Infinity Sport Horse and a lifetime of helping in her moms boarding barn. Look for Kateri and her horse Walter around Aiken and invite her to play away from the horses!

10/24/2018

Lyla, after 6 weeks of ground work, has been under saddle for less than a week. Today she went on a grand adventure to the vista and was PERFECT! Thank you to Sarah Lutz for being such a wonderful, positive rider. Lyla is for sale.

10/17/2018

Claire, bred and owned by Helen Naylor, was absolutely wonderful for her first time ever jumping. A relaxed natural, this filly will be three years old in March and has been started under saddle. looking for the perfect partner soon.

10/16/2018

It’s jump chute day for the baby horses. Lyla was a rock star!

Why Equine Bones Break And Tendons Rupture
08/31/2018
Why Equine Bones Break And Tendons Rupture

Why Equine Bones Break And Tendons Rupture

The life of one of the most promising racehorses of our time was cut short in 2006 after a long struggle to recover from a shattered fetlock. Barbaro’s injury at the Preakness Stakes and the New Bolton Center's heroic attempts to save him drew a lot of attention to the question of why so many youn...

We have Green Hill Sport Horses officially moved into our very own Idyll Hour Farm! It’s so nice to have horses at the h...
08/22/2018

We have Green Hill Sport Horses officially moved into our very own Idyll Hour Farm! It’s so nice to have horses at the house

We are so excited to congratulate Jessica on her purchase of Justin.  Even though it happened at the beginning of summer...
08/08/2018

We are so excited to congratulate Jessica on her purchase of Justin. Even though it happened at the beginning of summer, Justin has stayed with GHSH until Jessica was ready to come back to school and start her partnership with him. We wish them both the best on this adventure.

07/22/2018

Sale horse Aramis was fantastic today at his first event, Stable View’s Eventing Academy, with Marina (MER Eventing) riding. His very first time in a dressage ring and he was pleasant and rideable. He finished on his dressage score of 30 and placed 2nd in the Novice. $6500 for a quick sale, motivated seller ready for Aramis to find his person. Aramis is a 16.1, 11 year old Percheron TB cross who has hunted in multiple seasons but isn’t for a beginner in the hunt field. He’s done some jumper shows and is brave in the ring and out. Easy to work around on the ground. Contact Helen for more info, 803-429-7319

#uphillramennoodle. #forsale
06/28/2018

#uphillramennoodle. #forsale

Thank you so much to Paradise Farm for the facility and Hoof Print Photography for the awesome photos and thanks to Mega...
06/27/2018

Thank you so much to Paradise Farm for the facility and Hoof Print Photography for the awesome photos and thanks to Megan Martin Salvo for the fantastic school of frostie today.

This little mare is a top notch hunter prospect. She is a fantastic mover, easy to the fences, great with her shoulders and knees at any distance, super brave, and the same horse every day. Since we aren’t aiming to breed or develop show hunters, ellen and I would love to find her a home that appreciates her talent. She’s scoped and careful enough for any ring but excels in the hunters. Contact helen if you’re looking for a future winner. 803-429-7319

The team (Helen Laffitte, Marina Royston, and Ellen Geddes) had a great time this past week with our fantastic set of tw...
05/10/2018

The team (Helen Laffitte, Marina Royston, and Ellen Geddes) had a great time this past week with our fantastic set of two year olds! Polka Dot CF (Palladio x Retina/Rabino) Leitmotif (Lotus T x Giselle/Golfball) and Rosencrantz (Reiner K x Tzarina/Tantris) all had an amazing first school through the jump chute! It will be exciting to see how these three continue to grow and develop!

As all the babies step into a little more work, these are some great things to think about.  Today is cavalletti day for...
04/29/2018

As all the babies step into a little more work, these are some great things to think about. Today is cavalletti day for the Green Hill four year olds.

Why trainers PUSH horses TOO FAST

Klaus Balkenhol explains, "Although breeders have created a better horse, the market has created a demand for a stronger, healthier, more powerful horse. It's easier to sell a horse that looks
like a carefully developed eight-year-old, and not like a three- or four-year-old just beginning his career. If you force it, you can get a three-year-old to physically look like a developed eight-year-old. Too many colts remain stallions which, if approved, promise breeders higher prices as three-year-olds. Now 250 to 300 young stallions are presented each year, when only 40 or 50 will be approved.
Few breeders have the sense to geld the yearling stallions and leave them on the pasture to mature naturally. Instead, yearling stallions are brought into a stall, fed too much grain, and at three, look like six- or seven-year-olds. They have muscle mass, but not enough bone structure to support it. They look mature from the outside but aren't . . . and when started to work, degeneration sets in. Competitions also create pressure to push horses too fast as competitions are now scheduled throughout the year without any breaks."

Common Mistakes In Pushing Too Fast
Tightening the noseband: "A horse resists by sticking out his tongue. Tightening the noseband too much puts pressure on the nose and on the poll. If it is necessary to tighten the noseband very tightly, then something has gone very wrong in the basic training of the horse. The horse cannot be relaxed, the first step on the training scale," warns Klaus.

Specializing too early: "Drilling every day in the indoor arena is too intense for the young horse. It's very important, especially in the first two years of training, not to specialize the young horse. Training should include a variety of activities, including trail riding, which is good for the mind as well as building strength with hill work. It should include jumping, either free or low jumps under saddle, including small natural obstacles on the trail, and cavaletti. A variety of work will allow the horse to stay mentally fresh and to enjoy his work. Only when the horse is happy can dressage become art."

Not checking tack frequently: "Saddle and tack need to be checked constantly for proper fit and adjusted as the horse's body changes with growth, and as his fitness improves with the
training. If the noseband gets too low, for example, and the skin between the noseband and the bit is rubbed and becomes sore, this causes the horse discomfort and loss of relaxation.
Regularly check for sharp edges and bit problems in the horse's mouth and teeth."

Working too long: "The goal of our training is to build the horse's mind and his muscles. Suppleness and relaxation require adequate muscle strength. strengthening requires both contraction and relaxation. Blood flow and oxygenation occur when the muscle relaxes. If the muscle is kept in a constant state of contraction, it loses power and strength, and actually becomes smaller.
Frequent rest periods, especially for a young horse at a free walk on a long rein, are necessary. The rest periods are not for a rider's fatigue, but to allow the horse to stretch and relax his muscles. The rest breaks will give you a completely new horse. This is the systematic gymnasticizing of the horse."

Riding when the horseman is tense: "Horses are particularly sensitive to the rider's mood. A rider shouldn't ride if she is under undue stress or doesn't have the time to ride. If the rider has a bad day, give the horse a rest day or go for a relaxing trail ride; don't work in the arena. The horse mirrors the rider's mood."

Not praising the horse enough: "The horse must perform from joy, not subservience. Praising a horse frequently with voice, a gentle pat, or relaxing the reins is very important to keep the horse interested and willing. If the horse offers piaffe, for instance, because he's excited, praise him for it. You shouldn't stop the lesson at that point nor make a big deal out of it. If you don't want piaffe, quietly urge him forward into trot, but you should NEVER
punish him for offering the piaffe.

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