Cooper’s eventing string has plenty of depth

  • Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 8:34 p.m.

Eventer Courtney Cooper has already had a busy 2014 campaign.

The horsewoman is based this winter at Kate Brown’s Farm at Chime Bell Station, and has enjoyed success in a myriad of ways. Cooper competed Wednesday in the Paradise Farm combined training and schooling show.

However, Cooper’s prosperity hasn’t been limited just to being a participant, she’s also sold 15 horses this winter.

Cooper has been a fixture during the winter months in Aiken for years, but her C Square Farm is based in Nottingham, Pa. She’s made an astounding recovery from a serious fall in June 2012.

The depth in the horsewoman’s barn has found her participating in horse trials, competing at a number of levels, going beginner novice all the way through advanced.

“We’ve had some good runs with all of the horses,” said Cooper, a graduate of Rice University. “I started back last spring (2013) and had a solid campaign. I was third in the three-star in Jersey (with Who’s a Star at the Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event CCI*** at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, N.J), and then enjoyed a good fall as well. It’s just sort of continued to grow from there. I haven’t looked back. Knock on wood. Everything is still together.”

C Square Farm boasts several homebreds who are full of promise, said Cooper.

“The Believe in the Stars mare did her first combined test today, which is very exciting,” said Cooper. “Her sister Rock Star is recovering from colic surgery. I have a new Irish Horse, he’s done one event, and he’ll go to Pine Top. I have two young Thoroughbreds that I’m equally excited about.”

Plans call for Cooper to go to The Fork with R Star and Who’s a Star. R Star will go intermediate and Who’s a Star will go advanced.

“The plan is to do Jersey with both of them, going in the two-star and the three-star, and then if I have an issue that comes up for some reason, I’ll head to Bromont,” said Cooper.

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