Champagne Wishes Farm

Champagne Wishes Farm Champagne Wishes Farm is a three-day eventing farm located at the foot of the Blueridge mountains in Bluemont, Virginia.
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Champagne Wishes Farm is run by Paul Ebersole, ICP Level III Certified Trainer and CCI*** level event rider. Over the last 15 years he has evented through the Advanced level and trained both horses and riders from Beginner Novice through Advanced. The Champagne Wishes team has produced multiple Medal winners at the NAJYRC (North American Junior and Young Riders Championships), successful Advanced level students, and multiple Adult Amateurs who have completed their first CCI*. Follow the twitter account for small updates all day about shows and goings-on at the barn: @team_CWF Follow the blog for more in-depth posts on the team's activity: http://teamcwf.wordpress.com/

01/20/2020

It is bitterly cold today, so let’s look ahead to warmer weather! Below is the schedule of events that Paul will be available for coaching. Send him a text to coordinate your schedules. #comeonspring

Eventing Spring 2020

February 1 Loch Moy Pop Up Derby

March 2-6 Southern 8ths
March 7-8 Southern Pines
March 28-29 Morven (Tuesday after Morven TYPICALLY XC schooling; mark your calendars)

April 18-19 Longleaf
April 25-26 Loudoun (Tuesday after Loudoun TYPICALLY XC schooling; mark your calendars)

May 13 Twilight Eventing
May 21-24 Virginia

June 6-7 Middleburg
June 20 Surefire

July 13-19 Open XC Schooling Loch Moy
July 22 Twilight Eventing

August 19 Twilight Eventing
August 26 Twilight Eventing
August 25-30 AEC!!

Super fun and successful day yesterday for all at the Christmas Pop-Up Grids! We’re happy to go in to 2020 with some awe...
12/23/2019

Super fun and successful day yesterday for all at the Christmas Pop-Up Grids! We’re happy to go in to 2020 with some awesome clients and horses. (And also a great cat for a mascot.) Please share your festive photos with us.
A huge thank you to Marilyn Adams for putting together a lovely tailgate!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Sunday, December 22: Pop Up Holiday Grids at Champagne Wishes Farm! This is a fun day of group lesso...
12/09/2019

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Sunday, December 22: Pop Up Holiday Grids at Champagne Wishes Farm! This is a fun day of group lessons: 3-4 riders per group will work through level-appropriate gymnastics designed to improve ride ability and riders’ position. Holiday costumes are encouraged 🎅
If you’d like to sign up please email [email protected] with your horse’s experience level and if you have any time constraints. $60 per horse and rider.

Some fun photos taken by our favorite photographer Taylor Miller from this past weekend at Virginia Horse Trials
11/05/2019

Some fun photos taken by our favorite photographer Taylor Miller from this past weekend at Virginia Horse Trials

Team CWF attended our last recognized event of the year this past weekend, at the Virginia Horse Trials. All students pe...
11/04/2019

Team CWF attended our last recognized event of the year this past weekend, at the Virginia Horse Trials. All students performed admirably, from Beginner Novice through Preliminary!
Even with the winter approaching we still have fun activities planned. Look for us at the Loch Moy Derbies! And, another Holiday Pop-Up Grids clinic may be in the works as well... stay tuned #teamCWF #workhardplayhard #practicemakesbetter

Special shout out to Marilyn Adams for claiming 6th place at the Virginia Field Hunter Championships yesterday! It was a...
10/21/2019

Special shout out to Marilyn Adams for claiming 6th place at the Virginia Field Hunter Championships yesterday! It was a very competitive field and she and Jackson laid down a beautiful performance. #teamCWF

Gloria Huber and Dancing Queen finished out the weekend as the top-placed Young Rider in the CCI**-L!! Overall finish in...
10/19/2019

Gloria Huber and Dancing Queen finished out the weekend as the top-placed Young Rider in the CCI**-L!!
Overall finish in 7th after a few unfortunate rails in the show jump, but we are all still so proud of Gloria and Billie 🦄

10/18/2019

Congrats Gloria and Dancing Queen on a clean and fast run across the country today to hold on to their lead in the CCI**-L #veryfast #teamCWF

Gloria Huber and Dancing Queen danced to the top of the CCI**-L at Midsouth today, scoring a 29! This pair has worked ha...
10/17/2019

Gloria Huber and Dancing Queen danced to the top of the CCI**-L at Midsouth today, scoring a 29! This pair has worked hard all season. Looking forward to watching them tear it up on the cross country.

Congratulations to Kelly Follain and Rhythm and Blues for completing their first American Eventing Championships! They h...
09/01/2019

Congratulations to Kelly Follain and Rhythm and Blues for completing their first American Eventing Championships! They had a lovely clear cross country yesterday and .2 time penalities today in the show jumping to wrap up a fun weekend. They also earned the High-Point Arabian Award for Beginner Novice. Clare Brady contested the Beginner Novice Under-14 division on Playing With Fire. They also had a great weekend, a few unlucky rails in the show jump but had a KILLER cross country round!
We’ve had beautiful weather down here in Lexington, Kentucky, but now we’re ready to head back to Virginia and kick off the rest of the fall season with #teamCWF

Look at this gorgeous XC course! This weekend Champagne Wishes Farm is hosting a Combinations Clinic. Using both solid o...
07/09/2019

Look at this gorgeous XC course! This weekend Champagne Wishes Farm is hosting a Combinations Clinic. Using both solid obstacles and show jumping fences, the horse and rider will practice angles, turning lines, and narrows. Questions will also involve ditches and banks.

This clinic can be tailored to ANY skill level! Even if your horse has never done any angles or combinations before - he will learn to do them today! Groups will be sorted according to experience level. Please message us with horse and rider info as well as any special requests if you're interested. Thanks!
#teamCWF #jumpday

06/08/2019

We are very proud of Jillian Dean for completing her first Training level event at Middleburg today with the awesome Autorytet! No cross country penalties and one rail added to their dressage score of 34, after only being partners for a few short months. Looking forward to the rest of the season with these two!

What a fabulous weekend for #teamCWF at the Virginia Horse Trials! With riders at every level from Beginner Novice to th...
05/28/2019

What a fabulous weekend for #teamCWF at the Virginia Horse Trials! With riders at every level from Beginner Novice to the FEI, it was a busy weekend for Paul. (He used and abused his golf cart privileges thoroughly.) Everyone had successful outings with several top finishes. A special shout out to Gloria Huber and Dancing Queen for a great debut at the CCI**-S!

Thanks Taylor Miller for the great photos of the team.

05/20/2019

Paul spent the day yesterday at Green Hill Equestrian Park, teaching cross country lessons to Blue Ridge Eventing Association students. It was a fun and productive day for all! Looking forward to Paul’s next visit to Southern Virginia.
If you’re interested in having Paul teach a clinic or lessons, please email [email protected]

It was a full weekend for #teamCWF at the Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Horse Trials, with successful rounds from Beginner Novi...
04/28/2019

It was a full weekend for #teamCWF at the Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Horse Trials, with successful rounds from Beginner Novice to Preliminary. Thanks to the McKitricks for orchestrating a fabulous tailgate on Saturday, which attracted quite the crowd for our Beginner Novice riders!
Bottom photo by Amy Moseley

04/26/2019

#teamCWF annual spring tailgate TOMORROW, Saturday, at Morven Park for the LHPC Horse Trials!
12:30 behind the indoor arena - look for our tent 😎

1 - 2 - 3 for #teamCWF this weekend at Morven Park Spring Horse Trials : Austin Skeens and Rocmaster took away the win A...
03/31/2019

1 - 2 - 3 for #teamCWF this weekend at Morven Park Spring Horse Trials : Austin Skeens and Rocmaster took away the win AGAIN in the Junior/YR Preliminary! Christie McKitrick and Lotte Lenya Q finished 2nd in the Open Preliminary; Colleen McKitrick and Windchase Brego finished 3rd in Open Training. Katie Lorenzen and Risk It crushed the Novice cross country to finish in 7th. Now time for a little break before Loudoun HT in a few weeks. #springhassprung #goeventing

We had a successful weekend at Carolina International. Very proud of Austin Skeens, and Rocmaster, who finished clean an...
03/25/2019

We had a successful weekend at Carolina International. Very proud of Austin Skeens, and Rocmaster, who finished clean and inside the time on cross country to win the Preliminary Rider division! Christie McKitrick and Lotte Lenya Q made the jump from 20th to 6th place with their clean and fast cross country round. Looking forward to the rest of the spring season with these rockstars (and their riders) 💫

Photos by Heather Skeens; fabulous tailgates by Skeens & McKitrick families.

Enjoying the sunshine watching 3* cross country at Carolina International. Show jumping begins at 2:00 for Christie and ...
03/23/2019

Enjoying the sunshine watching 3* cross country at Carolina International.
Show jumping begins at 2:00 for Christie and Austin. Good luck and HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY to Austin!

We had a great week of fun in the sun, starting out with a couple of days at the beautiful Southern Eighths farm in Ches...
03/11/2019

We had a great week of fun in the sun, starting out with a couple of days at the beautiful Southern Eighths farm in Chesterfield, South Carolina. From there, Team CWF migrated to the Southern Pines Horse Trials at the Carolina Horse Park, with 12 horse and rider combinations competing from Beginner Novice to Preliminary. Everyone learned a lot and had a GREAT time!

A huge thank you goes to Colleen McKitrick, Austin Skeens, and Adara Boling for keeping the barn running while Paul and Christie were teaching and riding. And thanks as always to Heather Skeens and Myra McKitrick for putting together the various tailgates throughout the week.

We’ve been having a great week down here at Southern 8ths  🤗🦄 Leaving tomorrow for a jam-packed show weekend at Southern...
03/07/2019

We’ve been having a great week down here at Southern 8ths 🤗🦄 Leaving tomorrow for a jam-packed show weekend at Southern Pines. #teamCWF #crosscountry #workhardplayhard

02/11/2019

Good job to everyone who braved the cold and sleet for a clinic yesterday with Paul in Blacksburg, Virginia. It was a full day with several private dressage lessons and jump groups ranging from 2’ to Preliminary. Thank you to Heather Skeens for organizing the clinic at the beautiful Paris Mountain Farm!

The ring is clear, jumps are set, and the temps looks to be reasonable for the next few days 🙌 Gotta ride while the sun ...
01/25/2019

The ring is clear, jumps are set, and the temps looks to be reasonable for the next few days 🙌 Gotta ride while the sun shines! Hope to see you out there! #teamCWF

01/13/2019

Fun in the snow.

Time for Grids! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 🎅🎉🐎
12/23/2018

Time for Grids! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 🎅🎉🐎

Pop-up Christmas Grids 🐎Sunday, December 23Text Paul to set up a time, the ring is open from 9 am to 3 pm!$60 for privat...
12/16/2018

Pop-up Christmas Grids 🐎
Sunday, December 23
Text Paul to set up a time, the ring is open from 9 am to 3 pm!
$60 for private, $45 each for a group of 3 or more
☕️ Hot beverages will be available!!
Festive attire encouraged! 🎅
#teamCWF #happyholidays #gridsfordays #workhardplayhard #jump #eventing @ Champagne Wishes Farm

We are excited and proud to announce that Austin Skeens and Rocmaster made the list for the Emerging Athlete Eventing 18...
12/10/2018
US Equestrian Announces Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 and Eventing 25 Program Participants for 2019

We are excited and proud to announce that Austin Skeens and Rocmaster made the list for the Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 program for 2019!! Austin has worked very hard in his climb up the levels with “Rocky,” and we are delighted to see it pay off.

The pair will head to Ocala, Florida in January for the training sessions.

Read the article here: https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/us-equestrian-announces-emerging-athlete-eventing-2

#teamCWF #floridabound

The US Equestrian (USEF) Eventing Sport Committee has approved the following athletes for the Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 and Eventing 25 programs for 2019.

First grids are up in the arena! Don’t let winter doldrums get you down - now is the best time to focus on fundamentals ...
11/30/2018

First grids are up in the arena! Don’t let winter doldrums get you down - now is the best time to focus on fundamentals so you can come out strong in the spring. Call Paul to set up a lesson!
#gridsfordays #winterworkout #teamCWF #eventing #whoneedstogosouth

11/05/2018

And just like that, the fall eventing season is over. Team CWF sent the year out with a bang with this weekend at the Virginia Horse Trials claiming many top placings.

Congratulations to Colleen McKitrick who piloted her young horse Brego successfully around his first Training level! Also in the Training, Adara Boling on Artex and Tori Law on Now Trending both finished on their dressage scores with Tori claiming 5th.
Sara Easterwood and Forest Fact cruised around the Novice in style to finish 6th.
In the new Modified division, Christie McKitrick and Lotte Lenya Q finished in 2nd and Mackenzie Parks on Mojave Moon finished 9th. Austin Skeens and Rocmaster did not have the weekend they hoped for in the CCI* but will be back to fight again another day all the wiser.

All the divisions were hotly contested down to the very last phase. Congrats to all riders!

Thanks AS ALWAYS to the amazing pit crew who puts together the tasty meals and snacks that keep us running all weekend!!!! The McKitrick family and the Skeens family have the horse-show-tailgate thing all figured out!

Feelin’ like fall 🍂☀️ 🎃  #finallyfall #winteriscoming #timeforfoxhunting
10/19/2018

Feelin’ like fall 🍂☀️ 🎃 #finallyfall #winteriscoming #timeforfoxhunting

10/07/2018

Austin and Rocky had a fantastic day with a double clear XC and SJ. They bring home the blue ribbon in the Young Rider Preliminary Champinships.

Cheetoh chillaxin. #barncat #livinthelife #noworries
10/04/2018

Cheetoh chillaxin. #barncat #livinthelife #noworries

The rain has finally concluded, at least long enough to enjoy a beautiful evening. #rainraingoaway #beautysurroundsus #e...
09/26/2018

The rain has finally concluded, at least long enough to enjoy a beautiful evening. #rainraingoaway #beautysurroundsus #enjoythemoment

Dressage Day #2 for Team CWF at Plantation. Austin Skeens and Rocmaster had a respectable test to score a 30.9 in the CI...
09/21/2018

Dressage Day #2 for Team CWF at Plantation. Austin Skeens and Rocmaster had a respectable test to score a 30.9 in the CIC*. XC tomorrow!

09/21/2018

Great job today at Plantation Field Horse Trials for Christie McKitrick and twinkle toes Sky. They sit in 5th place in a huge field of 53 riders. #besteventever #cic Good luck to Austin and the Rockster who go tomorrow!

Nicely written, Austin, and we were happy to have you in Bluemont for the summer! #workingstudentlife #teamCWF
09/05/2018
10 Things I wish I knew before my Working Student summer – from Bit Of Britain

Nicely written, Austin, and we were happy to have you in Bluemont for the summer! #workingstudentlife #teamCWF

We are excited to bring you updates throughout the year from Bit of Britain's 2018 Top Riders. Today, the Gold Sponsorship winner, Austin Skeens shares some valuable information for anyone considering becoming a Working Student. 10 Things I wish I knew before my Working Student summer by Austin S....

05/27/2018

Team CWF was in full force down in Lexington at the Virginia Horse Trials. Austin Skeens had a great event for his second Preliminary with Rocmaster, adding two rails and just a bit of time to their dressage score to finish 6th! Woohoo! Christie McKitrick had a busy few days with Sky and Nolo in the Prelim, and both horses finished respectably.

Paul’s looking forward to returning to Great Meadow for the Middleburg Horse Trials in a few weeks. In the meantime, everyone enjoy the holiday weekend. #teamCWF

We are excited to have @abigail_winfree and her lovely mare Deszi up here in Bluemont training for the next few weeks! #...
05/10/2018

We are excited to have @abigail_winfree and her lovely mare Deszi up here in Bluemont training for the next few weeks! #maresarethebest #eventing #trainhardplayhard

05/09/2018

Everyone is working on grids during this brief hiatus from competition. Waterline today through the grown-up grid; this exercise is harder than it looks!

We’ll be back at it in a few weeks in Lexington, VA at the Virginia Horse Trials

#teamCWF #antares #jumpday #eventing #gridwork #area2 #virginiaspringtime

What a beautiful spring day! Waterline jumps for joy 😍🦄 #jumpday #teamCWF #antares #readyfortheweekend #irishsporthorse
04/26/2018

What a beautiful spring day! Waterline jumps for joy 😍🦄 #jumpday #teamCWF #antares #readyfortheweekend #irishsporthorse

Back at Morven for the Preliminary and Novice today. Christie McKitrick moved Sky up to Preliminary, and she rocked in! ...
04/01/2018

Back at Morven for the Preliminary and Novice today. Christie McKitrick moved Sky up to Preliminary, and she rocked in! Won the dressage and took some time around the cross country to finish 2nd. Woohoo!! Adara Boling and Artex finished in 7th in the Novice for their first event of the year.
Paul and Austin proudly displayed their winnings from yesterday!
Thanks to Taylor Miller for crutching around to photograph us all ❤️

Such a beautiful day for the first Northern Virginia horse trial of 2018. Paul and Waterline led the training horse divi...
03/31/2018

Such a beautiful day for the first Northern Virginia horse trial of 2018. Paul and Waterline led the training horse division from start to finish on a 29, and Waterline made it look easy! Austin Skeens and Rocmaster also led their Junior Training division wire to wire on 25. Blue ribbons for all today #winning

Meerkats? Deer in headlights? Walking a cross country course? #excellentcoaching #teamCWF #professionals #crosscountry #...
03/24/2018

Meerkats? Deer in headlights? Walking a cross country course? #excellentcoaching #teamCWF #professionals #crosscountry #carolinainternational #area2 #eventing #

At the Area II Annual meeting today, two CWF riders received awards: Congratulations to Austin Skeens @austinskeens_even...
01/14/2018

At the Area II Annual meeting today, two CWF riders received awards: Congratulations to Austin Skeens @austinskeens_eventing and Rocmaster winning the Junior Training Year-End award, and Christina McKitrick @christina.mckitrick for winning the Open Training Year-End award with Lotte Lenya Q. #antares #teamcwf #eventing #area2 #useventing #swag

CONGRATULATIONS to Austin Skeens and Rocmaster, who are the 2018 Bit of Britain Next Top Rider winners! This is the seco...
01/05/2018
The 2018 Bit of Britain’s Next Top Riders are…

CONGRATULATIONS to Austin Skeens and Rocmaster, who are the 2018 Bit of Britain Next Top Rider winners! This is the second consecutive winner of Next Top Rider from Paul Ebersole's program at Champagne Wishes Farm!

We are so proud of all that Austin and Rocky have achieved together. We look forward to the upcoming year with Austin, Rocky, and all of the students at Team CWF. This is a great start to 2018... let's go get it! #killinit #teamwork

https://eventingconnect.today/2018/01/05/the-2018-bit-of-britains-next-top-riders-are/

The 2018 Bit of Britain's Next Top Riders are... Wow, what a fun campaign! We are so impressed with the young riders that are coming up the ranks with athletic ability, social media savvy, and the understanding of a sponsorship relationship. The riders who participated in this campaign are all ve....

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