In Pursuit of Excellence
By Charlotte Beaule ’19 and Alicia Bowers
Oldfields’ Riding Program continues to break new ground. With a total of 33 riders with a wide variety of skill levels and experience, the barn was a very busy place this fall. Under the direction of Director of Riding Amy Roden Phillips and her sister, Assistant Director of Riding Britt Roden, the program went where we have never gone before in a variety of ways.
American National Riding Commission Junior Horsemanship Challenge
In October, Charlotte Cates ’20, Mary Hannah Hardison ’19, Emma Lach ’18, and Frances Newton ’18 traveled to Madeira School to participate in the first American National Riding Commission (ANRC) Junior Horsemanship Challenge in the country. The multi-phase format for students in grades 6-12 is modeled after the ANRC National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship, now in its 40th year. The competition is conducted in three or four phases: a Program Ride in the constraints of a ring; a Medal Course in a ring; and an optional Derby Course in a ring, field, or in and out of a ring, along with a Written Test provided by ANRC based on forward riding theory and stable management.
Oldfields riders came home with first place! We can’t wait to see how they continue to grow in this exciting new area.
Assistant Riding Director Excels at Virginia Horse Trials
From the 26th to the 28th of October, our Assistant Director of Riding Britt Roden competed in the Virginia Horse Trials, an eventing equestrian event held ever year in the fall and in the spring taking place over three days. It draws the best eventing riders from all over the United States, such as American equestrian Olympians Boyd Martin and Kim Severson.
Roden brought her two horses, Margo’s Gift and Rune Stone, to the Trials to compete in CCI* (Concours Complet International). This is the Federation Equestre Internationale Long Format Competition that runs one-star through four-star levels. Competition takes place over three or more days. Dressage is first, followed by cross country, followed by stadium jumping.
After a grueling three days of riding, Britt finished 19th on her horse Rune Stone and 22nd on her horse Margot’s Gift.
Britt came to Oldfields two years ago from Washington State following her sister, Amy Phillips, the Director of Riding at Oldfields. Before coming to Oldfields, Britt ran her own equestrian company, Britt Roden Equestrian. Britt has worked with outstanding trainers and riders Joe Fargis, Bea Derek di Grazia, Sally Cousins and Eric Smiley. Britt has trained horses that have qualified for North American Junior and Young Riders and was herself selected, along with her horse, to ride in the Developing Young Riders program in 2005. At Oldfields, Britt coaches Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, and Cross Country, and her students are very successful in all of those events.
Congratulations to Britt Roden for her incredible riding! You are an inspiration to the Oldfields community!
New Barn Hand
On June 13, 2016, the barn was taken by storm when a new helper blew into town! Thomas Phillips was born to Director of Riding Amy Phillips and her husband, Mike. It was obvious that once Thomas “Turtle” Phillips entered the scene, nothing would ever be the same! Teenage girls have been seen cooing and breaking into spontaneous laughter. The horses, dogs, and cats all seem to be co-existing in a more harmonious manner, and both the Director of Riding and her Assistant (otherwise known as Auntie Britt) haven’t stopped smiling since Thomas arrived. Welcome to Oldfields, Thomas!