Sandridge Rider Rep
Claudia Iannuccilli


Meet Claudia The Horses 2018 Schedule
Feb 2018 - Freddy Update
Mar 2018 - Travelling to Florida


Meet Claudia

Sandridge is pleased to introduce our first rider representative, Claudia Iannuccilli - and invite you to share in her journey.

Claudia Iannuccilli is a rider, trainer and certified coach who specializes in the sport of Eventing. She has taken the opportunity to ride and train with international-level coaches and riders, including Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, and Amy Millar. In 2017 she travelled to England to work with Mary and Emily King, truly an experience of a life time. She currently works closely with one of Canada's most successful athletes in Eventing, Jessica Phoenix.

Claudia's coaching focus is mainly on riders ranging from the ages of 12-21 who ride at all levels, but mainly pre-training to preliminary level. Claudia believes strongly in positive coaching and riding, along with a consistent training structure. Teamwork and having fun make the CIEventing team the successful team that it is. CIEventing students have consistently won year-end awards at all levels from pre-entry to preliminary, including championships in both Quebec and Ontario. Claudia was recognized as Quebec's Coach of the Year in 2011.
Claudia's goal is to ride at the highest level of the sport. She is currently building her string of horses to help reach that goal and to have a successful show team at all the levels. Claudia herself has been consistently in the ribbons as well as qualifying for year end awards on a variety of horses at different levels. This year is a big one for Claudia. Her show schedule is the fullest it has ever been, with the goal being to qualify for the Virginia CCI1* in the Fall.
Sandridge wishes Claudia the best of luck and looks forward to being a partner on her journey.


The Horses

Campaigning ("Reagan")
2009 16.1 Thoroughbred gelding
A little about Reagan:

"Reagan has a very easy-going personality and is a true gentleman - the sweetest horse you will EVER meet. In 2017 he was competing at the Preliminary level Eventing.

Reagan will eat ANYTHING. He gains weight easily but loses it just as easily. He is an expert cribber and prone to impaction colics. (Ulcer flareups make him go off his water). He is fed 9 flakes of hay spread out over 3 feedings. In the summer when grazing is at its best he will get 6 flakes. This consists of half 1st and half 2nd cut. And grazing as much as he wants. Reagan is given Omneity, a vitamin/mineral supplement by MadBarn; Visceral by Mad Barn (this is to keep his ulcers at bay. When travelling and at shows his Visceral is doubled); and Mad Barn oil. In the summer, 2 cups of flax and 1 cup oil is added to his diet.

Reagan is turned out all day, (8am -9pm) in summer. In the winter he is out from 8am - 8pm unless the weather is gross. Reagan comes in over night so we can monitor his water intake very closely.

In winter his shoes are removed and I let him get all furry just to give him a little down time. I hack out quite a bit more in winter so the furry coat keeps him nice and cozy."

Gregory the Great ("Ghost")
2012 16.2 Thoroughbred gelding
A little about Ghost:

"Ghost is such a wonderful horse who loves to work and especially jump cross country!!! He is very playful and always looking for fun stuff to do, usually involving chewing his neighbor's blanket or his tack or his boots...while heís wearing them! Heís like having a giant life-sized teddy bear! Ghost did Entry and Pre-training level in 2017 and will be upgrading to training level this year!!!

Ghost is all cute all the time and I call him my chunky munky!!! He is an easy keeper in TB terms; doesnít loose weight easily but doesnít gain it easily either so his weight is pretty stable. Very good drinker but doesnít like eating out of a slow feed hay net - it makes dunking his hay into water more difficult;) He gets a minimum of 9 flakes of hay a day, fed 3 times. He will get more while he is in the stable if he likes. He can basically eat as much as he will eat. Half is first cut and half is second cut hay. Ghost also gets MadBarn's Omneity vitamin/mineral supplement and some oil. During the summer he was on flax as well but as his work load decreased he is only on the minimum needed.

Ghost lives out and comes in from about 8am until 1 or 2pm. During that time he gets a little down time on his own and is ridden. As his work load decreases he stays in less, he likes to be busy and prefers to be frolicking in his paddock. He will come in over night or even during the day if the weather is too yucky!!!

He does not wear a blanket unless absolutely necessary as he is SUPER FURRY and gets too warm in a rain sheet. And he likes it that way. He is barefoot but will definitely need shoes next year in the front as his soles are quite flat and sensitive. His hoof wall is pretty good and I suspect his overall hoof quality will get better with time on the Omneity."

Ready for Freddy ("Freddy")
2011 15.3 Thoroughbred gelding
A little about Freddy:

"Freddy last raced in March of 2017, so is very green to life off the track - but definitely enjoying his new life... and REALLY likes to jump!!!! He is so sweet and eager to please, loves all his humans. Definitely has a 'go getíem' attitude and loves to drive his paddock buddies CRAZY!!!

Currently Freddy is stabled just down the road from my other horses at Sandridge Farm, so his schedule is a little different. Freddy is fed 3 times a day. Hay is first cut and he gets about 8 flakes/day. He is on Omneity by Mad Barn as well as the Mad Barn oil. When thereís no snow he is grazing all morning.

He is out from early morning to lunch time when all the horses are brought in. He is ridden after his turn out time so that he gets as much time outside as heíd like. He will most likely be on a similar schedule to my other horses once he comes home to Janice's. I am taking advantage of having an awesome arena and he is happy where he is!!!

Freddy will be introduced to showing in 2018. He schooled some cross country this past summer and loved it, which is what sealed the deal to me purchasing him. Keep checking in for updates, I know Freddy has a big following!"

You can read more about Freddy's earlier transition from racehorse to riding horse HERE

Major Chase ("Chase")
2008 16.0 Thoroughbred/Connemara gelding
Owned by Janice Clinton
A little about Chase:

"Chase is our real-life unicorn! He is a lovely horse. Very smart, slightly cheeky, he actually can be very unconfident but if he trusts you he will do whatever you ask. We get along so wonderfully and we have great trust in each other.

Chase is an easy keeper but definitely is not a major muncher. He eats fairly slowly and not excessively. When away at shows he can become quite picky and reduces his water consumption. He is on MadBarn electrolytes at shows regardless of weather. He gets 8 flakes spread out over 3 feedings; in the summer when grazing is at its best, 5 flakes. *hay consists of half 1st and half 2nd cut. And grazing as much as he wants. Chase is also given MadBarn's Omneity and a cup of flax is added in the summer.

Chase lives out. He comes in every morning from about 8am - 1pm to get fed and ridden. Due to a very minor stringhalt Chase is turned out as much as possible at home. At shows he is walked twice as much as the other horses. It does not affect him when riding but it definitely stays looser when he is walked more often. In winter the horses will come in in extreme temperatures or weather. Over the winter, Chase is allowed to get all furry and his main goes rogue - which it tends to do all year round - we just stop fighting it in the winter!

He is barefoot all year long as we have not found a need for shoes. Yay to barefeet and Maia Chaput!!!

Chase competed at Preliminary level Eventing in 2017 and will be working towards a CIC 1* and CCI 1* in 2018. Yay!"


Claudia's Tentative 2018 Competition Season
Mar 16-18Ocala Horse Trials, FLReagan - 5th (TR)
Chase - 10th (TR)

A good start to the season for Reagan, finishing 5th at Ocala
May 27Grandview H.T.
June 24Wits End H.T.
July 22Glen Oro H.T.
Aug 18-19Bromont CIC*
Sep 8-9Ottawa H.T.
Sept 30Grandview H.T.
Nov 1-4Virginia CCI*, VA


February 2018


Freddy Update
So Freddy has settled in nicely at home and is finding life pretty satisfactory. He did loose a little weight but is now back to munching away and putting weight on. Heís settled really well with staying out longer AND is now sleeping out with his bff, Ghosty with the Mosty. Their first time together was a little rough with a resulting bald spot on Ghostís neck...but nothing since on either and they munch together happily most of the time.

He comes in with the others around 8:00 am for some breakfast of Omniety by Mad Barn, flax, and Mad Barn oil as well as 2 flakes of hay (1 first cut, 1 second cut). I put him back out while I ride the other 3 because heís happier out and about. He is settling into being in during the morning more and more everyday. One of the funniest/interesting/strange things about Freddyís arrival is Sherlock and he stare at each other longingly pretty often over the fence...itís pretty funny to see. I think itís cause they long to play endless hours of halter tag and see who could drive each other the craziest...I choose not to test this theory...no more bald spots for anyone please!!!

We got a saddle sorted out...yup another tricky one. His back is fairly short and thereís a VERY limited area in which the saddle should sit on his back. But we finally found something thanks to Sandridge Saddlery and the great variety of options to try. That Freddy - heís got great taste!

Freddy also did great at his first clinic. He held it together and improved everyday. Heís very smart and willing and with relaxation and confidence in his body heís going to do some pretty amazing things.


March 2018


The Doís and Doníts of Travelling to Florida for an Event!!!

This past March I was so lucky to be able to travel down south to Ocala, Florida to train and show with my coach and mentor Jessica Phoenix. I brought two horses to compete, Campaigning (aka Reagan) who is shown and owned by myself, and Major Chase (aka the Unicorn), shown by myself and owned by Janice Clinton. I was also very excited about bringing along one of my students, Sarah Pille, and her horse Trinity.
We arrived after two days of travelling on Friday evening around 7:30. The total drive was about 28 hours.

Our set up was awesome; we had a camper set up right next to the six stall stable our horses were staying in. We had our own little home away from home with a clothes line and our very own self-made patio furniture. It was a nice mini-vacation spot with lots of relaxing, laughing and fun card playing!!! ...we learned a lot about camper life too...we had some VERY VERY interesting camper adventures!

The first week was for settling in, some low-stress lessons and a ton of great auditing opportunities. The second week was for more intense training and building up to the show before our drive home.

The show was a great success. The horses felt great, performed great and recovered well for the trip home. Reagan came home with a 5th place, Chase was 8th out of 21 and Trinity was 9th. So very pleased with our super ponies, from snow to sand to ribbons in 20 days!!!

Every trip I make I learn something new, not necessarily riding related but travelling related. For example, does your trailer have a fire extinguisher? I learned last year that when bearings go on a tire they can get so hot they catch fire!!! Once the fire is put out...with the oh so useful fire extinguisher...the tire can be removed and you can continue to drive on the remaining wheels until the trailer can be fixed. I have my trusty extinguisher now after hearing that story. This made me think about a little list of things I have found useful when travelling with my horses. Some things to do and, of course, some things NOT to do...

DO Check all your tires for air pressure and make sure that all bolts are tight and snug!
DON'T Assume they will stay tight, check them regularly along the way and definitely check them before heading back home. 6000km in 20 days is a lot!

DO Bring all types of clothing, 6 degrees celsius is REALLY cold when youíre in Florida!!!
DON'T Forget your fly mask, not for flies specifically but for all the sand there is down there. It can get really dusty and itís hard on the horses eyes. They rub their heads and their actual eyes a lot, they end up with crusty and runny eyes and sometimes even scrapes and cuts.

DO Stop about every 4 hrs to gas up the truck as well as give water and hay to the ponies. Itís also a chance for the horses to just stand still for a little bit and have a rest from the constant shifting from the trailer. It may take you a little longer to get somewhere BUT your horses will be more rested and will recover faster.
DON'T Tie your horses up if possible in the trailer. The first thing a lot of horses do when the trailer is stopped is put their heads down to relax, eat or drink if you are giving them water. When itís really hilly itís better for the horses to have their head and neck free to adjust easily and overall they are more comfortable with their heads free.

DO Take every opportunity to watch EVERY lesson and every horse being ridden anywhere you are. Traveling down south to train and show is expensive but you can stretch your dollar by learning not only from your own lessons but by watching other lessons and watching your own trainer/coach ride.
DON'T Get caught up in all the high-end extravagance and wealth. Itís absolutely beautiful down there but it can be financially daunting to be in the middle of it knowing youíre on a pretty tight budget. Do what you can, do your best with what you got and remember to have fun and work your butt off. You can make it happen!!!


If you are interested discussing sponsorship or training opportunities with Claudia, please contact her directly at:

claudia.i.coaching@gmail.com

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