Willisbrook Farm Congratulates Kristen Krone on the Purchase of Carrigan’s Encore
June 18th, 2016 – Team Willisbrook is pleased to announce that Carrigan’s Encore, a 2010 gelding out of Carrigan’s Magic and by Undulata’s Heir Apparent, has been purchased by Kristen Krone for her daughter, Brooklyn to develop as her new Equitation mount. Brooklyn is a very promising young rider and we believe that this will be a match to watch in the future! Carrigan’s Encore will now be trained by Sarah Russell Stables in Tampa, Florida.
Rachel Shoemaker Defends Her Title in the Single Horse Championship at the Devon Horse Show
From Phelps Media Group, Devon, PA – May 31, 2016 – It was déjà vu for Rachel Shoemaker, who earned the Single Horse Championship for the second consecutive year. Shoemaker drove away with her first blue ribbon and championship at Devon in 2015, and returned successfully to defend her title.
Shoemaker is the fifth generation of her family to compete at the Devon Horse Show, and she proudly represented her heritage driving the Willisbrook Farm’s Ralli Car.
Along with the Challenge Trophy and tricolor ribbon, Shoemaker was presented the Championship Apron by Misdee Wrigley Miller.
The skilled driver sped to a first place finish in the Single Horse Scurry Tuesday night with a time of 74.176. The blue ribbon was not her first of the division, as she drove away with a victory in the Horse Single Harness, 2-Wheel class on Sunday, May 29. After a second-place finish in the Single Horse Pleasure Driving class, Shoemaker earned a total of 19 points to edge out her competition and defend the championship.
Willisbrook Farm Opens for WCT Barns and BBQ Tour
May 7th, 2016 – Willisbrook Farm was honored to open our doors today for the Willistown Conservation Trust’s Annual Barns and BBQ tour. This is an extremely popular event that is always sold out. We welcomed over 300 people to our farm and were happy to give a tour and explain our business and history to people who were eager to learn more about our farm and the importance of protecting open space for future generations.
Willisbrook Farm Begins the 2016 Season in Ocala, Florida
February 16th, 2016 – This past week marked the beginning of Willisbrook’s show season as we traveled to The Grand Oaks Classic Horse Show at the beautiful Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida not far from Ocala. This was a fantastic opportunity to compete against some truly impressive turnouts in a spectacular setting. Despite the long drive, Willisbrook brought home several top ribbons including a third place finish in the exciting Cross Country Obstacles class, a fifth in Lady to Drive, and sixth in Pleasure Turnout all against a large and impressive division of Single Horse Turnouts. We are already looking forward to next year!
Two Willisbrook Horses Earn USEF Year End High Point Awards
January 15th, 2016 – Both Carrigan’s Encore and Our New Dawn did very well in the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Year End High Point Awards. Carrigan’s Encore, who had a very succesful show season last year in the Junior Exhibitor division, ended the year as Region 11’s Reserve Champion for Three Gaited Show Pleasure. Quite an accomplishment for a four-year-old! Our New Dawn also had a successful season and although her focus was geared towards American Driving Society (ADS) rated shows, she did compete in USEF rated shows in the Hunter Country Pleasure Division – winning third in Region 11’s Year End High Point Awards! Congratulations to both of these fine horses and we look forward to seeing what 2016 brings for them.
Rachel Coxe Shoemaker Drives Homebred Mare to Devon Horse Show Single Driving Horse Championship
By: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge, Phelps Media Group
May 26th, 2015 – Rachel Shoemaker of Malvern, Pennsylvania, represents the fifth generation of her family to compete at the Devon Horse Show, and she earned her first championship Tuesday night in the Dixon Oval. Driving Willisbrook Farm’s Rally Cart, she claimed the Single Horse Driving Championship and earned the Championship Apron, presented by Misdee Wrigley Miller.
Shoemaker recalls being at Devon almost 15 years ago to compete in Three-Gaited Show Pleasure classes and catching a glimpse of a stunning mare competing in a Park Horse class. Her family bought the mare, named Carrigan’s Magic, and Shoemaker competed her successfully for years before deciding she wanted to try breeding show horses. The result of Shoemaker’s first breeding from Carrigan’s Magic was Our New Dawn, Shoemaker’s partner for her Devon championship.
“I’m rather new to carriage driving, but I’ve always loved it,” Shoemaker said. “It’s so pretty, and the attention to detail appeals to me. Over the last few years, we’ve learned a lot more about it. This is such an accomplishment for [Our New Dawn]. I’m not a trainer…but she’s been my passion for the last several years, and she’s such a fantastic horse.”
The championship win came as a surprise to Shoemaker, who was more focused on making it through her very first Scurry Driving class with the 6-year-old American Saddlebred mare. Scurry classes require precision and quick thinking from the driver, who must navigate a series of cones at speed without knocking the balls from atop the cones.
“It was so nerve wracking!” she said… “But all the other competitors were fantastic. They were giving me tips; they were telling me I’m going to be amazing. Next year we’re going to go faster!”
Shoemaker said the win was “the greatest feeling,” thinking back to the days she would watch the Devon Horse Show as a child with her great-grandmother.
“My great-grandmother has always been an inspiration to me,” she said. “I learned an awful lot from her and from coming to Devon and being in this environment. It makes you better at what you do because you have something to aspire to. You have a lot of motivation to do well here.”
Tied for the reserve championship in the Single Horse division were the Mackeand Back to Back Dog Cart, owned and driven by Tanya Mackeand, and the Gentlemen’s Phaeton, owned by James & Kathleen Leo and driven by PJ Crowley. Coaching competitors also returned to the Dixon Oval Tuesday evening to take another step closer to their championship, which will be awarded Friday. Misdee Wrigley Miller drove her own Miller Park Drag to her second victory in the division.
Carrigan’s Encore Leased for 2015 to Lora Thornhill
March 20th, 2015 – Carrigan’s Encore has been leased to Lora Thornhill for 2015 beginning March 1st. This team has already proven to be successful as they have already won the Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited Show Pleasure Reserve Grand Championship at the Raleigh Spring Premier this past week. He will remain in training with and under the direction of Smith Lilly and Mercer Springs Farm of Princeton.
ASHA Equine Welfare Committee Awarded EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award
January 16th, 2015 – The American Saddlebred Horse Association’s Equine Welfare Committee (EWC), which Rachel Coxe Shoemaker has served on since 2012, was honored to receive the EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner last night. The award is given to “…spotlight and exalt the selfless dedication one individual or a group of individuals has made, whether on a regional or national scale…the recipient of this award will be someone who has devoted considerable personal time to make the lives and quality of life of our equine partners paramount.
Royal Prize Crowned ASHA Region 11 High Point Grand Champion
January 7th, 2015 – Royal Prize, after a successful 2014 with titles won at The Devon Horse Show, North Carolina State Championships, Bonnie Blue National, and Raleigh Spring Premier, was awarded the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Region 11 High Point Grand Championship. The ASHA and USEF consider Region 11 to be New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. In March, Royal Prize will be heading to Kentucky to train for the Western Pleasure division with Mary Kate Fahey. He will by shown by Rachel Coxe Shoemaker in this new division.
World Champion Royal Scotsman and Rachel Coxe Shoemaker Top Off 2015 as USEF Region 11 Grand Champions
December 14th, 2014 – The team of Royal Scotsman and Rachel Coxe Shoemaker successfully defended their 2013 USEF Region 11 Reserve Grand Championship by being crowned the USEF Region 11 Grand Champions for 2014. They also finished 4th Nationally in the USEF Horse of the Year rankings. This comes after a highly competitive and successful show season where they competed against some of the nations best horses. Royal Scotsman now makes Willisbrook Farm his permanent home as he continues his training with Rachel as they prepare for competition in the Carriage Pleasure driving division.
Carrigan’s Encore Makes Victorious Debut at Raleigh Spring Premier and Royal Prize Joins Willisbrook’s String of Champions
April 2nd, 2014 – Willisbrook Farm bred and raised Carrigan’s Encore made his show ring debut at the Raleigh Spring Premier and was crowned the Three Year Old Park Pleasure grand champion with Toria Heck presenting! Carrigan’s Encore is out of the Reserve World Champion Park Mare Carrigan’s Magic and by the grand stallion Undulata’s Heir Apparent. This outstanding young gelding is making impressive progress in his training and looks like he will become a truly great show horse!
The Raleigh Spring Premier also marked the Four Year Old debut of the promising young gelding Royal Prize. After winning the Junior Park Pleasure Grand Championship title with Toria Heck, Royal Prize was purchased by Willisbrook Farm from his breeder, W. H. Maddy of Christiansburg, Virginia. Royal Prize is a beautiful and talented young horse who will continue to compete in the Junior Park Pleasure division and will eventually be shown by Rachel Coxe Shoemaker in Amateur Three Gaited Country Pleasure.
Willisbrook Farm’s Rachel Shoemaker and WC Royal Scotsman Earn United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Show Pleasure Driving Reserve Champion Title for Region 11
February 14th, 2014 – Following a very successful first season together, Rachel Shoemaker and Royal Scotsman, – the 2010 Yearling In-Hand World Champion – earned the title of USEF Region 11 Show Pleasure Driving Reserve Champion. They campaigned successfully throughout the region during the year starting in North Carolina at the Raleigh Spring Premier in March and ending in September at the American Saddlebred Horse Association of Virginia (ASHAV) Horse Show held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. Despite their success in the division, Rachel and ‘Scotty’ have spent the winter working towards a new division for 2014. See them beginning in March at the Raleigh Spring Premier when they make their debut in Adult Three Gaited Country Pleasure! Also look for Willisbrook Farm bred and raised Carrigan’s Encore who will make his show ring debut at Raleigh!