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Storm's Haven Farm

Storm's Haven Farm Equestrian Boarding and Training Facility A equestrian training facility that specializes in eventing, fox hunting, side saddle and jumpers. Owned and operated by by USEF and USEA “r” Technical Delegate Erin Stormont

Operating as usual

04/09/2022

One last post from last weekend at DW’s first round in the Foxhunter O/F class. Just a note this was his FIRST time jumping any of the jumps after only seeing them briefly in the under saddle class. He was so brave and bold I couldn’t have been more proud! If not for the unlucky rail at the first jump me forgetting my curiosity circle at the end because I was so happy with his course we would have definitely placed higher!😬🤦‍♀️😂 Not bad for a horse who has only been jumping just over a year! Also thank you to Cathi Grove for videoing and reminding me to circle!🤣

Thank you Richert-Burke Photography for these lovely photos of both boys from this weekend! Added a couple of our own to...
04/06/2022

Thank you Richert-Burke Photography for these lovely photos of both boys from this weekend! Added a couple of our own too! So proud of both boys this weekend, thanks to show management, staff and volunteers for such a lovely show!

Had the biggest honor to do the fox hunter teams with these 2 super women, Cathi Grove and . Thanks for encouraging me t...
04/05/2022

Had the biggest honor to do the fox hunter teams with these 2 super women, Cathi Grove and . Thanks for encouraging me to be brave because it was so much fun! Hats off to you ladies, it was an honor to ride with the one stirrup wonders!!

04/04/2022

Oh my goodness what an awesome weekend! Had the absolute best time with some of the best ladies! Here is Cathi Grove and I doing our fox hunters pair round. Fun fact, this was the horse that DW was second to at the Ladies Side Saddle Race😁DW was perfect even though I was very nervous to have to jump the big options aside, probably the biggest I ever jumped aside yet. I asked Cathi if we could do the small side and she said “oh no we HAVE to jump the big ones”😳 but it was great!! Then after the pairs we had the honor of joining for the teams and rocked it even harder! Can’t wait for the pictures from that class! Finn came down and did his dress rehearsal for Devon, we are super ready, can’t wait! So much fun, thank you EVERYONE for such a great show and weekend!

Meant to post this earlier this week but been super busy! So proud of our  Fly for winning both days trailing and overal...
04/01/2022

Meant to post this earlier this week but been super busy! So proud of our Fly for winning both days trailing and overall 10th at the National Fox Hound Championship! Beautiful day out hunting on Saturday, thanks to wonderful huntsman, staff and Sedgefield Hounds for hosting everyone! Congratulations to the overall Champion Tot Goodwin and his beautiful hound Goodwin’s Indigo, a very well deserved win! Also it was Cole’s 25th birthday last Sunday! So lucky to have such a wonderful, big hearted horse to hug on everyday, always thankful to and for him, he truly is my heart ❤️

03/19/2022

So proud of DW today, he really stepped up to the plate as we both participated in our first side saddle race and oh my goodness was it so much fun! DW really dug deep and found his secrete motor to give an ottb a run for her money to come in a close second! Thank you so much to Grove organizing the race and for the Aiken Training Track for allowing us to opportunity to race as well as Aiken Ladies Asidefor the support! Can’t wait to do it again! ❤️

03/13/2022

Being a judge isn’t always easy and people are not always pleasant when it comes to having to deal with officials. But sometimes there are little gems like Emma and Shade that just really make your day! Thank you Emma, your card made me so happy!

So proud of DW today! He did his first full horse trial aside today! Just hoping to get around, stay on top and not emba...
03/03/2022

So proud of DW today! He did his first full horse trial aside today! Just hoping to get around, stay on top and not embarrass ourselves too bad and we end up winning! Thanks so much to everyone Full Gallop Farmfor a great event and the opportunity to come out go aside!

02/19/2022

One of the beautiful views out hunting this morning with DW and Mecklenburg Hounds Incmecklenburghoundsinc this morning! Great day, lots of work for DW and myself, thanks to huntsman and staff for a great day!

So Finny and I have ventured back over to the hunter side for a little bit in preparation for our big goal to ride at th...
02/18/2022

So Finny and I have ventured back over to the hunter side for a little bit in preparation for our big goal to ride at the Devon Horse Show! Since I haven’t properly huntered in like 20 years, figured we could use a little practice! So proud of him to come in 4th out of 9, only side saddle competitor and only non- traditional hunter color! He was a perfect gentleman all day, receiving lots of pets and love, always a great ambassador for side saddle❤️Thank you Joan Petty for the opportunity to come to the Triangle Farm Winter Indoor show to practice! #vintagesidesaddle

A new view DW and I found hunting this past Saturday with Mecklenburg Hounds Inc at Brewer Plantation!  Busy weekend the...
02/15/2022

A new view DW and I found hunting this past Saturday with Mecklenburg Hounds Inc at Brewer Plantation! Busy weekend then had a great XC school side ways on Sunday with DW and was in Aiken yesterday prepping for Academy Series. Thanks as always to staff and huntsman for the nice hunting day and for. Thanks Jody Cummings for breakfast!

What a happy Appy filled past weekend! Saturday was DW out with , he was super brave and lead everyone first through a d...
02/08/2022

What a happy Appy filled past weekend! Saturday was DW out with , he was super brave and lead everyone first through a downhill section with some big fallen pines, no problem for DW! Sunday was a very special outing to get Finn out to finally do his dressage side saddle! He was a super star and was of course first! We’ve been practicing for something big later this spring, can’t wait! #rideaside

Anybody interested in some baby XC schooling on February 13 at a private farm in Southern Pines? Please contact me if yo...
02/03/2022

Anybody interested in some baby XC schooling on February 13 at a private farm in Southern Pines? Please contact me if your interested planning a rain date of the next Sunday the 20th if we get bad weather. Love this shot from Brant Gamma of a baby Jackson at one of his first recognized horse trials!

What a handsome fella DW has turned out to be😍just loves his new job! Absolutely in love with this shot by the fabulous ...
01/16/2022

What a handsome fella DW has turned out to be😍just loves his new job! Absolutely in love with this shot by the fabulous Mark Jump Photography, thanks Mark!!!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Years! Thanks to Mark Jump Photography for this great shot of Grey and I from Boxi...
12/31/2021

Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Years! Thanks to Mark Jump Photography for this great shot of Grey and I from Boxing Day!

Hoping everyone has a very Merry Christmas and great Boxing Day hunting! Thanks to Mark Jump Photographyfor this beautif...
12/24/2021

Hoping everyone has a very Merry Christmas and great Boxing Day hunting! Thanks to Mark Jump Photographyfor this beautiful shot of me and Finn a few years ago!

I don’t normally post emotional/uplifting/stuff here but…I’ve recently experienced a series of events in my life that ma...
12/21/2021

I don’t normally post emotional/uplifting/stuff here but…
I’ve recently experienced a series of events in my life that make me think about the last times I’ve ever done things. There’s lots of last times you’ll ever do things. Some are little, some are bigger. The last time you visited a place or saw a person, shared an experience with some one you love or care about. Sometimes it’s the last time you’ll ever see that being ever or alive. Sometimes we know, sometimes we don’t know. Sometimes the not knowing is easier. The last time I rode Cole, the last time I rode Matty pony, the last time I jumped Finn or hunted him. The best for me would be was the last time I saw my Dad before he passed, I knew he was dying but did not how close it was that last day we had on earth together. We loved and enjoyed each other without knowing how quickly things were progressing and how close the end was.
I came across this picture and I feel like it fits this post. This photo is of my huntsman on his horse Red while we were out hunting on Red’s last day. We had no idea that this horse only had less than an hour left on this earth before he would collapse and die from an aortic rupture. We galloped in the sun, felt the wind on our faces, smiled, laughed and enjoyed life. Then at the next check, Red just collapsed out of the blue, nothing could be done. Hardest thing I have ever experienced as a horsewoman.
Anyway I feel like it’s the same old cheesy advice, “Live each day as it is your last because it just might be.” But really it’s true. Just be nice to each other, be honest, support someone if they need it and just try to treat people the way you would want to be treated. Remember, it could be a last that you don’t know is a last.

Storm’s Haven Farm still has a stall available for boarding!  Is your horse training to be a champion or a much loved re...
12/08/2021

Storm’s Haven Farm still has a stall available for boarding! Is your horse training to be a champion or a much loved retired freind who needs a comfortable and caring home? We can care for both and everything in between! We are a small semi-private farm offer top quality care for all types of equines at all stages of their life. 12x12 matted stalls that are well ventilated, acres of fescue pasture that is regularly maintained for grazing with run in shelters. 250x125 bluestone/sand ring with jumps and courses set by USEF judge. Over 10 open acres to ride on with cross country jumps and fitness hill gallops. Board starts at $450 a month and owner lives on site. Conveniently located just east of Charlotte NC in Locust.

Storm’s Haven Farm still has a stall available for boarding!  Is your horse training to be a champion or a much loved re...
12/08/2021

Storm’s Haven Farm still has a stall available for boarding! Is your horse training to be a champion or a much loved retired freind who needs a comfortable and caring home? We can care for both and everything in between! We are a small semi-private farm offer top quality care for all types of equines at all stages of their life. 12x12 matted stalls that are well ventilated, acres of fescue pasture that is regularly maintained for grazing with run in shelters. 250x125 bluestone/sand ring with jumps and courses set by USEF judge. Over 10 open acres to ride on with cross country jumps and fitness hill gallops. Board starts at $450 a month and owner lives on site. Conveniently located just east of Charlotte NC in Locust.

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! Spent a beautiful day out with Mecklenburg Hounds Inc hunting and hosting breakf...
11/27/2021

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! Spent a beautiful day out with Mecklenburg Hounds Inc hunting and hosting breakfast! It can be done and yes by one person! Thanks to our huntsman and great staff today and all the lovely complements on the breakfast!

Some very big shoes have been left empty…If you ever left a start box for cross country in North Carolina or some parts ...
11/15/2021

Some very big shoes have been left empty…
If you ever left a start box for cross country in North Carolina or some parts of Virginia, you had the ultimate pleasure of leaving the box under this man’s careful watch, Bill Watson. Bill and his wife, Susan, retired this weekend from their positions of cross country starter and cross country control after many years of wonderful service. I first encountered Bill starting at the Ark Horse Trials in Monroe NC. I was still a very nervous rider and he always had a kind word or a joke to lighten the mood and distract my nerves when I needed it most before heading out on cross country. Even if I did let my nerves get the better of me, at least I know I could joke with Bill about it the next time I saw him, “Well Bill I only threw up once last time out on course!”
It really was Bill’s wonderful composure and his innate ability to ease nerves with just the right quip or support that made him the perfect cross country starter. Tensions run high around the cross country start box in those last few moments before you leave to head out on course. His ability to cut through all that tension, helped me get over a lot of my anxieties and be able to become the professional I am today. I have so throughly enjoyed coming full circle to be able to have worked so much with both Bill and Susan in these last few years, it has been an absolute pleasure and joy. I will miss them greatly and thank them so much for everything they have done for me personally and our eventing community.

DW had fun at his first opening hunt!  Thank you so much to Huntsman Jay and Masters Maria, Jeanine and Sherri and hunt ...
11/06/2021

DW had fun at his first opening hunt! Thank you so much to Huntsman Jay and Masters Maria, Jeanine and Sherri and hunt staff for a great open hunt! Thanks to friends from Green Creek, Camden and Godwin Hounds who all came out and bloomed us for our opening hunt! Mecklenburg Hounds Inc

Finn was so very excited to learn that   had awarded him some lovely ribbons in their international virtual show! Of cou...
11/03/2021

Finn was so very excited to learn that had awarded him some lovely ribbons in their international virtual show! Of course he wanted to have his photo taken with his ribbons🥰 Thank you so much to judge Lottie Parkin from England for thinking so highly of our pictures! He won the special moments class with our photo from when he was reserve champion at his first and only time to show in a full side saddle division. He got third with our lovely cross country shot from the War Horse Series HT from October 2019 taken by Brant Gamma. These virtual shows are so much fun and such a great way for Finn to still be able to participate even with his limitations. Thank you so much Lottie Parkin and International Side Saddle Organization for recognizing my special boy!❤️

Beautiful morning for Mecklenburg Hounds Inc last cubbing before opening hunt!
10/30/2021

Beautiful morning for Mecklenburg Hounds Inc last cubbing before opening hunt!

10/27/2021

This is Jay Thomas’s Grey, JC name Stayonit. Grey has been with me for his under saddle rehab following a traumatic suspensory injury. Just wanted to talk about him because he is truly a one of a kind . He was foaled 4/3/06 in FL, he is by Unbridled’s Song out of TrackoftheCat by Forest Wild Cat. His first race was September of 2008 and his last was August of 2014. He raced for 7 years with 40 career starts 6 1st, 3 2nds and 4 3rds with the meager earnings of $79,176. He traveled to more states to race than most people will in their lives. He raced at all the big tracks across the country Churchill Downs, Turfway, Keeneland, Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. He had been a huntsman horse up until his injury but would also lovingly tote around the huntsman’s grand daughters after a hunt too. He is one cool thoroughbred, I feel lucky to help him regain some of his glory back❤️ ❤️

Such an honor to judge this weekend for the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club’s Morris Horse Trial!  I have been attending this...
10/22/2021

Such an honor to judge this weekend for the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club’s Morris Horse Trial! I have been attending this event for over 15 years and it is a big favorite of mine and holds a special place in my heart. Gorgeous fall horse trial, so many great memories made here!

I just love these 2 little butts together🥰 DW also went down this weekend and got in on the side saddle lesson fun too! ...
10/20/2021

I just love these 2 little butts together🥰 DW also went down this weekend and got in on the side saddle lesson fun too! Then had an easy cruse around the BN cross country course. Lucky girl to have such special boys❤️

Guess who’s back?!😁💕 Couldn’t be more happy and excited to get Finn back out again this weekend!  It has been such a lon...
10/18/2021

Guess who’s back?!😁💕 Couldn’t be more happy and excited to get Finn back out again this weekend! It has been such a long hard road for this special boy! He had a fabulous side saddle lesson with Sue Sisco and we were going to do a dressage test at Stableview Academy Series October but an unfortunately timed side saddle tack malfunction meant we did our test astride. He still great and felt fresh, frisky and happy to be out! We’ve got some big plans in the works for Finn next year, can’t wait!!

A beautiful weekend spent in the woods with hounds and horses!  DW was a champ attending his first ever Sedgefield Hunt’...
10/10/2021

A beautiful weekend spent in the woods with hounds and horses! DW was a champ attending his first ever Sedgefield Hunt’s Carolinas Foxhound Performance Trials. He hunted hard through some pretty trappy and boggy footing but never faltered! Great to see friends out again and thank you so much to Sedgefield Hunt for their wonderful hospitality!

I love fall horse shows, especially for the decorations! I had the pleasure of working on the lovely XC courses at Stabl...
09/24/2021

I love fall horse shows, especially for the decorations! I had the pleasure of working on the lovely XC courses at Stable View’s Oktoberfest Horse Trials this week. Hope all the riders have great and safe rides this weekend!

Need to do a little update on Jude: Unfortunately Jude had started to be uncomfortable under saddle and after lots of di...
09/02/2021

Need to do a little update on Jude: Unfortunately Jude had started to be uncomfortable under saddle and after lots of diagnostics and a years worth of rehab, Jennifer made the best decision for him and decided to retire him. Eventing is extremely demanding, especially on aging equine bodies. Jude is extremely lucky to be owned by such wonderful owners who have turned their own property into an oasis to spoil him in! It has been hard to say let him go but he is so very happy and so very deserving of a long, happy retirement. I am eternally greatly to Jennifer and Tom for entrusting me with one of the most wonderful thoroughbred I have had the pleasure working with! I really cannot thank you both enough! Cheers to a happy retirement Jude!!!

08/30/2021

DW had another great weekend at Five Point Horse Trials! Knocked almost 5 points off his last dressage score! We were having such a good time on cross country cruising around we may have gone a little too fast and ended up with some speeding faults😂 Could not be more proud of him and how hard he tries at his new job! Thanks to the volunteers, officials and staff for a great show! 💕❤️

08/15/2021

DW had a great weekend at Windridge Farm HT, completing his first recognized horse trial! He was a super star in all 3 phases, with just one rail in show jumping to add to his dressage score. Very brave and bold on cross country, getting lots of good practice for hunt season this fall! Thanks to all of the volunteers, organizers and judges for a great weekend!

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday!  One of the best parts of my day yesterday, Mom and DW for the first ...
07/21/2021

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday! One of the best parts of my day yesterday, Mom and DW for the first time and being able to take Finn side saddle for a nice little trail❤️

Wanted to repost this photo in honor of my Dad for Father’s Day, his favorite girl on his favorite kind of horse in vint...
06/20/2021

Wanted to repost this photo in honor of my Dad for Father’s Day, his favorite girl on his favorite kind of horse in vintage side saddle 🥰 this would have been his favorite shot!

DW was a super star this weekend for the first War Horse Series Horse Trial!  He finished 10th out of 26 at his 2nd ever...
05/16/2021

DW was a super star this weekend for the first War Horse Series Horse Trial! He finished 10th out of 26 at his 2nd ever horse trial, earning a 37 in dressage and jumping double clean for both show jumping and cross country! Very proud of some great students this weekend who all had great rides! Thank you, as always, to the great crew , volunteers, officials and staff for a wonderful show! I always enjoy working with ya’ll and it was fun to be on the other side this weekend for a change!

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom! This was one of my most favorite photos of us on a wonderful day we spent at Clonshire Equ...
05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom! This was one of my most favorite photos of us on a wonderful day we spent at Clonshire Equestrian Center in Limerick Ireland. We got to turn the tables and I got to be the cheerleader for once! She got to ride a wonderful spotty horse named Zero, so thankful we got to spend this time together in such a special place ❤️ her form isn’t too bad either😉

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awesome jumpers
Erin, is this your farm? sorry I cannot remember...old as dirt ya know...Nia sent this to me, would love to keep up with your horsy activities as I miss that world more than ya know....e-mail me @ [email protected] :) Michelle, (Mrs. Bailey)
Hey I was wondering if you still are giving lessons?
Hey Erin! Rebekah Rebekkah Carpenter and I would like to coordinate a visit to your place for lessons -- let me know some options on times -- thanks!
Great pictures
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