Harbour Pilot aka “William”
(2003 Bay Irish/Thoroughbred Gelding. Owned by Jacqueline Mars. Cruising x Shannon)
Also known as “William,” he is named after William Micklem who bred him in Ireland for Ms. Mars, and came over to the U.S. when he was a 4-year-old. William is Intelligent and genuine, a true competitor and steadfast partner.
While he was somewhat of a late-bloomer, William enjoyed the excellent training of Karen, Lauren Kieffer, and David O’Connor before Hannah took over the ride in April 2010. The pair clicked almost immediately, and has had incredible success. In that first year of their partnership, Hannah and William won the Rebecca Farm Preliminary Three-Day Event, as well as several other Preliminary level horse trials.
In 2012, Hannah and William placed 2nd at the Advanced level at Poplar Place, went on to finish 9th in the Bromont CIC3*, placed 3rd in the Advanced division at the American Eventing Championships, and finished out a stellar year with a win in the Fair Hill CCI3*.
Highlights of their 2013 season together include top-10 finishes at the Red Hills CIC3*, The Fork CIC3*, and the Jersey Fresh CIC3*. Hannah and William traveled overseas to compete at Saumur, where they completed the CCI3* division there as well. 2014 saw only more success for this talented pair, including 9th place in the Carolina International CIC3* and a 15th place finish at their first Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4*.
William returned to competition at the start of the 2016 season, easily finishing 3rd in the Open Preliminary at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter I HT and jumped clean in the Open Intermediate at the Rocking Horse Winter I HT. They went on to compete in the CIC3* at Red Hills International, winning the dressage phase and placing 3rd overall. At The Fork, Hannah and William finished in 6th place in a competitive Advanced division. Hannah and William went on to compete at the Ocala Horse Properties Festival of Three-Day Eventing finishing in 3rd place in the Advanced Combined Test division. Hannah and William finished in 6th place in the Open Intermediate division at Surefire Horse Trials. They were then named to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for Aachen CICO3* where they contributed to the team’s 6th place finish and finished individually as the highest placed American pair in 11th place! Continuing their season, they competed at Waredaca Horse Trials in the Intermediate division where they placed 1st.
“I have learned so much from this horse and I look forward to see him continue to be competitive throughout the levels.”
Cooley Dream aka “Cooley”
(2008 Irish Sport Horse Gelding. Owned by Mary Ann Ghadban and Jacqueline Mars. By Cruising.)
Cooley Dream, or “Cooley” as he is known around the barn, was produced by Piggy French through the One-Star level in Europe. In 2014 with Piggy, Cooley had several top-10 placings at the Preliminary level, including a 2nd place finish in the CIC1* at Hopetoun. Cooley also finished 3rd in the six-year-old class at the Young Horse World Championships at Le Lion d’Angers, France. Hannah first saw Cooley when Jessica Montgomery showed him to her while she was in England last fall, and she was very impressed with him. Mary Ann Ghadban and Jacqueline Mars acquired him in the spring of 2015 and Hannah is very excited to have the opportunity to work with this talented horse, who happens to be by the same sire as Harbour Pilot!
Cooley and Hannah began their partnership in fine form, placing 6th in the Preliminary at Surefire Horse Trials in June, and placed 2nd in the CIC1* at Stuart Horse Trials. They moved up to Intermediate at Fair Hill International in August, where they placed 5th, and added only cross-country time to their dressage score in the CIC2* at Richland Park. They went on to place 11th in the CCI2* at Fair Hill, adding only two time penalties to their dressage score.
Hannah and Cooley kicked off their 2016 season with a 5th place finish in the Open Preliminary at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter I HT followed by a 9th place finish in the Open Intermediate at the Rocking Horse Winter I HT and a 3rd place finish in the Open Preliminary at the Rocking Horse Winter II HT. They went on to compete in the Red Hills International CIC2* where they placed 7th. Hannah and Cooley then placed 6th in the Advanced at The Fork and led the CIC2* at Virginia wire-to-wire, taking home the win. In June 2016, Hannah and Cooley finished in 3rd at the Bromont CIC3*.
Under Suspection aka “Pippy”
(2003 Bay Holsteiner Mare. Owned by Mary Ann Ghadban. Contender x Naomagic I)
Under Suspection, also known as “Pippy,” is a wonderful Holsteiner mare owned by Mary Ann Ghadban. Pippy comes to HSB Eventing with experience at the Three-Star level, previously finishing in 4th place at the Jersey Fresh CCI3* with Sharon White. Hannah is enjoying having Pippy in the barn and is very excited for their partnership to develop.
Hannah and Pippy began competing together at the beginning of the 2016 season, easily jumping clean around both the Preliminary at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter I HT and the Intermediate at the Rocking Horse Winter I HT. Hannah and Pippy completed their first Advanced together at the Rocking Horse Winter II HT, finishing in 8th place. They were also invited to participate at the Eventing Prix Invitational at Southern Cross Farm where they placed 3rd among a field of other seasoned competitors. At the Ocala Horse Properties Festival of Three-Day Eventing, Hannah and Pippy finished in 2nd place on their dressage score in a competitive CCI2* division. At the Virginia HT, they finished 2nd in the CIC2*. Pippy had a successful CIC3* debut at Bromont in June 2016, finishing in 6th place. Next, Hannah and Pippy went on to an impressive 5th place finish at the Great Meadow CICO3* Nations Cup and finished 2nd at the Rebecca Farm CCI3*.
(2005 Bay KWPN Gelding. Owned by Mary Ann Ghadban. Indoctro x Elona)
Alonzo III, owned by Mary Ann Ghadban, is an exciting new addition to the barn. As a young horse, he placed 5th at the 7 year old CCI2* at Osberton with rider Vicky Tuffs. Alonzo’s spunky and fun attitude have made him a barn favorite! Hannah is excited to have the ride on him and is very thankful for Mary Ann’s support as an owner.
Hannah and Alonzo began the 2016 season together with a 7th place finish on their dressage score in the Training at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter I HT followed by a 6th place finish in the Open Preliminary at the Rocking Horse Winter I HT. They went on to win the CIC1* at Red Hills International! Hannah and Alonzo went on to contest the CCI1* at the Ocala Horse Properties Festival of Three-Day Eventing where they finished in 5th place. Alonzo finished 5th in his first CIC2* at Virginia HT.
Wilhelmina aka “Willow”
(2010 Chestnut Trakehner/Thoroughbred Mare. Owned by Margriet Langenburg.)
Willow was purchased from Annette Wyrwoll and imported from Germany in 2014. Willow is exceptionally bred – her grandsire, Stan the Man, is the sire of Michael Jung’s Olympic mount, La Biosthetique Sam FBW. Willow made her eventing debut in 2016, where she gained valuable experience in the Novice division at Rocking Horse Spring Horse Trials. Willow’s owner, Margriet, is from The Netherlands and grew up riding Dressage. She is now involved in Polo with her husband Joe, and two sons, Sebastian and Constantine, in Middleburg, Virginia. HSB Eventing is thrilled to welcome them to the team and congratulates them on purchasing their first event horse!
(Bay Irish Sport Horse Gelding. Owned by Christa Schmidt.)
Cougar made his eventing debut in 2016, where he won the Novice Horse division at Rocking Horse on an 18.30%! Cougar is currently competing at Training level and has placed in the top 5 at every event he has entered. Cougar continues to impress finishing in 4th place on a 27.1% in the Open Training division at Surefire Horse Trials. Continuing their success at the Training level, they placed 6th at Waredaca Horse Trials in August. In September, Hannah and Cougar won their Open Training division at Surefire and finished on their dressage score of 23.6%! Hannah is looking forward to an exciting future with this talented young horse!
St Barths aka “Nike”
(2000 Chestnut Thoroughbred Gelding. Owned by Richard Thompson. Salty Shoes x Canadian Red Lady)
St Barths, better known as “Nike” or “Noodle,” represents both of his nicknames well in competition. While he is fast, Hannah often wondered how a horse could move all his body parts in so many different directions at the same time!
After acquiring the ride from Karen O’Connor in the winter of 2008, Nike and Hannah created a special bond. “He has the biggest heart in a horse that I’ve ever come across,” she said. “He really tries to give me his very best all the time.”
He came back from a bad case of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, and few thought he would amount to much. Hannah was told that he was lucky to be competing at all. Despite this, the pair won the Stuart Horse Trials CIC2* in 2009, and went on to win both the CCI2* at the Fair Hill International Three-Day Event and the Advanced division at the Fork Horse Trials in 2010. They finished in the top 10 in the FEI World Cup Qualifying CIC3* division at Rebecca Farm in the summer of 2010, and finished the year with victory at the Fair Hill International Three-Day in the CCI3*. In 2011, they were named to the USEF High Performance List, placed 8th at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and went on to represent the United States at the Pan American Games, where they won Team Gold and Individual Silver.
Keep The Faith aka “Benny”
(1995 Bay Off-The-Track Thoroughbred Gelding. Owned by HSB Eventing)
Keep the Faith was Hannah’s first CCI4* partner. Keep The Faith was Hannah’s mount for both her first Preliminary level event and first CCI* at the tender age of 13. The pair competed together at the North American Young Rider Championships in 2006 in the CCI2*, where they finished 15th individually. They completed the CCI3* at Fair Hill in 2006 as well, and received the USPC Cavalier Award that year. In 2007, Hannah completed her first run around the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* aboard Keep the Faith, finishing 22nd, and again received the Cavalier Award.
Keep the Faith now lives a comfortable and happy life of retirement.