Windfall Update 2013
Spring, 2013 -- Now Windfall is 21 years old, and still looks like he is in his prime. His breeding fertility is starting to slip in the hot months, but he is healthy and on no regular medications, thriving on Cavalor’s Performix and our homegrown brome grass hay. Cheryl rides him most days, on the flat, still training Grand Prix dressage movements, which are nearly complete, lacking only consistent strings of 15 single tempis. He still is an eager student, still shoves his face into the bridle each time, and still races around in his paddock every time a mare comes in sight. All these years, all those overseas trips, all those horse trials at upper levels, and all that training -- but still sound in mind and body. THIS is the ultimate proof of a stallion’s strength and durability.
Just like with Amethyst before him, we can put children on this fire-breathing eventing stallion and know that nothing bad will happen. For teen-aged riders still learning the ropes at the lower levels, he will piaffe and passage, with the right encouragement. He is a gentleman in every anthropomorphic sense of the word. And once in a while, just to keep a grin on his face, he goes jumping, and running, over the big stuff and the substantial terrain of our farm. This horse is something very special, really. Thirteen years with us now, and we keep marveling at how great and wonderful he truly is.
Windfall Update 2011
Video: Meet Windfall, the Holekamps, and the story of breeding Trakehner sporthorses
Windfall Update 2008
Teenaged riders knock Olympic medalists out of two of the top four spots in the 2008 YEH National championships aboard their New Spring Farm-bred-and-trained Windfall sons.
Reprinted from Eventing USA with kind permission
Update, November 2007
Windfall Misses Pau CCI**** Due to Minor Injury
After nearly a whole season of near-perfect preparation
for a four-star in the far south of France at Pau at the end
of October, Windfall flew to Amsterdam about ten days early
to train with Darren at his student's farm nearby. A few days
later he came out of his stall with a sprain of his right
fore ankle from unknown cause, a joint that had previously
not had any problems. Despite therapy, he did not recover
to the level of soundness we felt necessary in time for the
lorry trip to Pau and thus did not have a chance to show his
worth this season.
It was a terrible turn of events for all of us, particularly
for Darren, who really felt "ready" for this one,
and was derailed by this minor injury with terrible timing.
As it turned out, we all went anyway, a gang of about 12,
grooms, students, parents, fans and owners, and had a very
nice time, but the other US horses did not take any special
honors. The best performance posted was eleventh by Jennifer
Wooten on her nimble mare, The Good Witch. The other three
finished, which is better than half the starters, but once
again, the Frenchman Nicholas Touzaint found his way to the
Now Windfall is already much better, but will rest for a
few months and we will reevaluate his career path in February.
His foals continue to impress,
with two national young eventhorse champions in 2007, the
best four-year-old in Canada and the best five-year-old in
the US. Those started under saddle this season seem at least
as good, or better.
Update, October 2007
After his last update
report in June, Windfall came along exactly as we hoped.
All exams, tests, and reports of his physical condition after
splintbone-fracture surgery in April were the best possible.
Dr. Furlong phoned glowing reports to me about his likelihood
of being able to go back to full competition fitness and performance.
So Darren and I laid out a plan for very gradual return to
The Big Time.
and Darren Chiacchia at the Richland Park Horse Trials
in Michigan, August 2007.
First it was a simple outing at Preliminary Level at Millbrook,
where he performed all tests brilliantly and was rewarded
with a technical elimination when Darren sent him over the
wrong fence on cross country, the second to last. Of course
it was an adjacent Intermediate fence they jumped, but that
still accomplished our goal, which was to see how he liked
being back in action. He loved it, and came home sound.
Next was an Intermediate run at the Richland Park Horse Trials
in Michigan at the end of August, where he won the dressage
and ultimately the division, with a rail to spare at the end.
This time there were some distractions: severe weather, mud,
and one heck of a lot of "action" all around him.
Not a flicker -- eager to run and jump, and again came home
cool and dry in all four legs.
and Darren Chiacchia at the American Eventing Championships,
Then after a little Advanced combined test at Bromont for
schooling (which he won), the goal was set for the USEA’s
American Eventing Championships at Advanced Level at the spectacular
Lamplight venue outside Chicago. We knew that this would pretty
much tell the tale for the season, and allow us to decide
whether or not to take a very big step in October, so a lot
of mental energy was invested here. Hard to tell what happened
in dressage, as he was an uncharacteristic third. But his
cross country run was a work of great art – forward,
stylish, smooth, clean, dingless, and exactly three seconds
over the optimum time, right about where we wanted him. Two
rails down in a very difficult stadium jumping course finished
him second, which was just fine by us, because it showed him
mentally ready for something even bigger. And once again,
his legs and overall soundness are as good as ever.
and Darren Chiacchia at the American Eventing Championships,
Now it is time to put all concentration on the year's finale:
The newest CCI four-star in the world, at Pau, France, which
runs the last weekend in October. Pau is in a very interesting
place, in the province of Bearn, where the Kings of Navarre
lived, right at the very feet of the Pyrenees Mountains. The
weather and ambiance should be magnificent and the level of
competition will be outstanding, with the very best riders
and horses of Europe and Great Britain likely to be entered.
This will be a great chance for Windfall to display his eventing
skills and poise, and we all believe that he is ready for
it. The plan calls for him to fly over to Amsterdam about
ten days early, train and rest up there with Darren, then
van to Pau, rest a day or two and have at it. Cheryl and I
will just sort of tag along like a couple of camp followers,
in company with a group of other Darren/Windfall fans. Fingers
crossed already, we go knowing that Windfall is ready and
very willing to continue his career for a while longer. It
is just amazing to watch him compete, he is so expressive
that no one ever has trouble reading what is on his mind.
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