Kylie in Ireland: Building a String of Sport Horses

March 12, 2013
by Annie Penfield
Kylie and Trading Aces
Kylie and Trading Aces

We welcome Kylie Lyman Dermody to the Strafford Saddlery team.  Kylie will be assisting with product review and marketing. And we will be following her journey to develop her own yard of sport horses in Ireland.

Kylie grew up in Hartford, VT and started her competitive life at Hitching Post Farm in South Royalton, VT.  She went on to work for Robert Costello for several years before setting out on her own to train horses for the Nichols' family's Tom White Farm.  Recently married, Kylie has relocated to Ireland.  There, her plan is to build a sustainable string of horses from the ground up again, with the continued support of the Nichols' family, along with new owners, and some horses of her own.

Here is the first installment of a regular series. Here she introduces us to the horses in her yard, horses we will be following.

"What I have now is direct access to some of the best prospects in the. Being based in Ireland I have constant opportunity to source the young horses the Nichols' and I would have sought out in previous years, and this time with a better first hand knowledge of the breeding that sets Irish horses apart.

In order to maintain a constant string of horses, and keep the best ones for the long road, I hope to sell quality, well produced young horses on a consistent basis — I wish to continue on the road we began with Trading Aces.

Trading Aces was found in Ireland in 2009 with the Nichols' as a 5 year old having hunted with the Island Hounds. At the same time Garrison Flash was found, also a five year old. In 2011, at the end of their 7 year old season, Trading Aces won the Fair Hill CCI**, the USEF CCI** National Championships, as well as the 6/7 National Championships, where Garrison Flash was 6th in the US and 3rd in the 6/7 year olds. At the same event, another young Nichols' owned horse, DB Cooper finished 4th in the 5 year old East Coast Championships at Fair Hill. Both Trading Aces and Garrison Flash were named to the 2011 USEF Developing Riders' List, and participated in team training sessions last winter with Captain Mark Phillips.

Trading Aces successfully moved up to the Advanced and CIC*** level before being sold to Boyd Martin and the Trading Aces Syndicate in 2012, with sights set on the WEG in Normandy. Garrison Flash is now in England with US Team Rider Clark Montgomery.

Late in 2011, the Nichols and I set off to Ireland again, and came home with two top four year old prospects, and two unbroken three year olds. In 2012 both qualified for the five year East Coast Championships with top scores in the qualifiers, and the two four year olds made their eventing debuts in 2012. For both the Nichols' and I this was a confidence booster we could continue to bring quality horses to the sport from the ground up.

In June of 2012, I set off to make a life for myself in Ireland, build a string of my own horses, and continue on with the lessons the previous years have taught. Quicker than I thought, a group of exciting prospects has come together and I now find myself with a place to put my feet on the ground and look ahead. With the help of my partner and husband, Irish show jumper Donnacha Dermody, I have a promising string of horses for 2013, three of which with sights set on the World Breeding Championships for 6/7 year olds at Lion D'Angers in France at the end of the season.

The first horse is Sacramento, a rising 7 year old belonging to a new owner for me, Swiss businesswoman Silvia Hoffstetter. 'Jackson' ran his first ever event late in 2012, coming off a show jumping career he took to eventing quickly, with a strong record last season. He won his final CNC* of 2012, just ahead of stablemate Slyguff Golden Ambition, another rising 7 yo. 'Marty' is owned by one of Irelands' legendary breeders, Barbara Hatton of Slyguff Stud. Barbara quickly became a good friend and fantastic supporter, and is also the breeder of one of my most exciting new prospects, 'Harbor Master', a 4 yo  that I own together with the Nichols' family. I hope to aim 'Matty' at the FEHL, as well as show jumping him in the age classes. If all goes well I'd hope to aim him at the Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers, but the main goal being to save this horse for the long road. To join this promising group is the one horse I own on my own, a six year old by the famous Master Imp, he is another I hope to keep for the long road and produce as a future International horse. A short term goal for 'Glidawn Master' is also Lion in 2013. Joining this group is a five year old mare belonging to British owner Caroline Teltsch, also with sights set on the FEHL classes, and possibly the Burghley qualifiers in England. In a short time I've found myself with a exciting group of horses to develop and hope that at least one can take over where I left off with Trading Aces, while he is undoubtedly a once in a lifetime horse I will never replace, I know I want to try again and finish what I started.

I hope to continue to spend time in the US each year and maintain contacts in both places — as I've done this year, spending three months in Wellington working for Irish Show Jumper Andrew Bourns. While not directly benefiting my own eventing career, it's been a fabulous adventure in an entirely different scene but wonderful education in both show jumping and dealing to both US and Irish markets."

Join us as we follow her progress, through posts on facebook and blog updates. Good luck Kylie!!

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