Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Site Updates - Sponsor Discount Product Codes!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 Show Jumping Statistics

DPE's 2016 Statistics for Show Jumping. Again this would not be possible without an incredible team at the barn as well as owners and partners.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

2016 Eventing Statistics!

DPE's 2016 Statistics for Eventing. None of which would not be possible without an incredible team at the barn as well as owners and partners

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

Busiest week of the Aiken winter season is a wrap!

We just wrapped up the busiest week of our Aiken spring season. We had a 6 horses showing at March Madness I held at Highfields in Aiken on Thursday and Friday with Quinn (owned by Debi Crowley) spending some time jumping this week in the Welcome Stake on Friday as well as the 1.35m Mini Prix held on Sunday.

Vandiver on his way to 8th in the $5k Mini Prix on Sunday Afternoon - Photo by Laura Fazio
A video posted by Doug Payne (@dpequestrian) on

Our jumpers all finished up great with a full results below. In particular I was very proud of both Quinn and Leo (owned by Kristin Michaloski) , both eventers, who more than held their own in the show ring! Both are jumping more confidently and I can't wait to see them in action in a few weeks at the Carolina International. 

Following both Thursday and Friday at Highfields we headed over to Sporting Days on Saturday with Missy (owned by Robbie Peterson), Marshal (owned by Wendy Luce), Cascor (owned by Stephen Blauner), Quincy(owned Jane Dudinsky) and Rio (owned by Jim Green). All were a bit wild for dressage, but jumped in great form to finish as follows: 
Preliminary: Missy 1st, Rio 4th and Marshal 10th
Beginner Novice: Quincy 7th and Cascor 1st

A video posted by Doug Payne (@dpequestrian) on

Back again to Sporting Days on Sunday morning where both Quantum finished 4th and Jess & PJ finished 6th in Training. Following cross country we headed home for a quick power nap below. 

Power Nap with Bacon

Quinn finished up the weekend with just 1 down in the Mini-Prix to finish in 8th. We're heading back to Highfields this week to jump getting and getting the eventers ready for Pine Top our next outing! 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

2016 Carolina International is Open!

Cellar Door - Carolina International CIC - Photo by High Time Photography
With our spring season in full swing, one my my favorite events of the year, the Carolina International CIC, if fast approaching. Being on the board of the competition has given me some incite into many of the great changes to be implemented this year.

The most significant change of which is that Ian Stark, one of my personal favorite designers, is now taken the reins and the course. It's going to be a big departure from years past, not only in size and construction but also utilizing a brand new water complex allowing the track length to increase along with its difficulty. With $75,000 in total prize money it's going to be a spectactular competition!

This year, not only with spectators on the grounds be able to enjoy the show, but EQSportsNet will be broadcasting a live feed with Karen O'Connor and Charlotte Skinner on the microphones.

The after party will remain an epic event, this year's theme is 'Spanning the Globe' which will be presented by Jaguar Land Rover of Cary, NC. It will feature the CIC awards, international dinner, open bar with music and dancing by 'Liquid Pleasure'.

If interested everyone is able to pre-order Carolina International merchandise on the Carolina Horse Park site.

Hope to see everyone there!


$75,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase - Helmet Cam Video

Friday, September 25, 2015

September Update - Wins at Bruce's Field & Plantation Field CIC**

Quinn on XC in the Plantation Field CIC** - Photo by Rough Coat Photography

We've been on the road not stop it seems over the past few months with some great performances for both the jumpers and eventers. At the moment we're split just about 50/50 between the two. It's a great mix that, along with the new Tryon facility along with Bruce's Field opening up in Aiken has allowed us to alternate between the two disciplines.

Bruce's Field - Aiken, SC - The Evening Following Eli's $25,000 Grand Prix

We were lucky enough to show at Bruce's Field inaugural show in Aiken just a few weeks back. The highlight of the week was Portugal's (aka Confire La Pomme) move up to the 1.30m classes. Impressively he also managed to win in his very first class!

Following Bruce's Field we head north to Unionville, Pa for the Plantation Field CIC** with both Big Leo (Lysander owned by Kristin Michaloski in partnership with Doug) and Quinn (Vandiver owned by Debi Crowley in partnership with Doug). Quinn was slated to run in the CIC*** but I found out just before heading north that we still needed at CIC** prior to our CIC*** debut despite our 5th place finish in the Five Points Advanced Horse Trials (Raeford, NC).

Both horses were excellent but Leo stepped up to the big stage with a massive statement on dressage day with a 31.7! He was well ahead of the 70 horse field and never gave up the lead finishing with his first CIC** win!

Leo on XC at the Plantation Field CIC** - Photo by Jenni Autry/Eventing Nation

Leo on SJ winning the Plantation Field CIC** - Photo by Jenni Autry/Eventing Nation
Quinn was also quite good, he wrapped up the weekend in 9th place. On to Morven Park (Leesburg, Va) and the CIC*** this coming weekend along with 8 others from DPE. The jumpers are laying low for the next couple of weeks. They will be back in action the week following Morven.

Updates to follow...


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Horse Profile: Quantum Leap

I'm excited to introduce a periodic blog in order to profile our horses which we are lucky enough to work with day to day. Each have a unique personality and talents which deserve to be better known by all.

The first of which is Quantum Leap who is known around the barn as Q or Quantum. He is 4 years old and stands 17.1hh at the moment. USEA Record

He's a true old soul. Even from day one he has always seemed to just 'get it'. I bought him from Didi Callahan at CNG sport horses, direct link here, as a yearling.

Baby Pic of Q

Just before our purchase from Didi (~1 yr old)
He grew up with us, turned out with Big Leo as his little brother. Periodically we ponied him along with some of the more experienced horses when heading out on the trails. Funny enough he was often braver than the horse were ponying him off of!

Last November we started him for real. He was probably the easiest horse I've ever started. He has been incredible, in that ultimately you show him once he ready to move forward.

End of week 1...out on our own!
Below are a number of videos of Quantum throughout the year. His progress has been remarkable.

Jan 12th, jumping at home.

Jan 24th, Q's first XC schooling at Paradise Farm in Aiken

Q's 2nd show - Feb 8th

Roughly two months ago we were joined by long time supporters Susan and Dave Drillock in partnership with the goal of developing Quantum to the best of his ability. Without their support we would not have been able to keep him long term. I'm incredibly fortunate and grateful for the opportunity given to me by Susan and Dave.

SJ at Q's 2nd Event at Novice
At the moment, Quantum just finished up his 5th Novice finishing on his dressage score of 21 in 3rd place at the Millbrook Horse Trials.

In the coming month's we're planning to try to get qualified for the USEA Young Event Horse finals to be held in at the Fair Hill International in October. Check back for updates as they come in!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Introducing DPE's Latest Equine Team Member: Vandiver

It's difficult to express how excited I am to be able to announce that Vandiver owned by Debi Crowley of Elkmont, AL (Cotton Meadows Farm) will remain with DPE for the indefinite future.

Vandiver aka 'Quinn' is a 2004, 17h, Trakehner gelding by Windfall, bronze medal winner on the US eventing team at the 2004 Olympics (New Spring Farm). Quinn was bred, raised, and started under saddle at CMF. Combined with the eventing bloodlines in his dam's (Visions of Grandeur, ATA, also bred by CMF) pedigree. Following his foundation at CMF his training continued and progress successfully through CCI*** level and made an appearance at Rolex Kentucky this spring with Werner Geven.

Quinn is just about the most genuine, hard working and forgiving horse I've had the pleasure of working with. Below is a video taken at the Tryon International Equestrian Center a few weeks ago at our first class together.

We are planning for Millbrook as our first event with the ultimate goal to head to the Fair Hill International CCI*** this fall.

Updates on the farm and other horses coming soon.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill Clinic Dates

I'll be stopping in the area the Monday and Tuesday following the Jersey Fresh CIC May 10th and 11th. If you'd like to schedule a lesson please either email (doug@dpequestrian.com) or call 908.399.9112.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Quantum will remain with DPE & Eli's 5th Place $25k Aiken Grand Prix

I'm beyond exited to announce that long time friends and unbelievable supporters Susan and Dave Drillock have just purchased half of our next generation superstar Quantum Leap ensuring he'll remain with us indefinitely. Quantum has been with us for 3 years at this point and is a member of the family. He was bred by Didi Callahan of Maryland and purchased as a yearling just after the Fair Hill International CCI.

Quantum - Day 4 under saddle last fall

I've started countless horses in the past, but Quantum is by far the most easy going, agreeable baby I've had the pleasure of working with. Aside from his personality, he has the talent needed to develop into our next superstar. He is out of a full thoroughbred, Report to Sloopy mare, related to John William's Sloopy and by Quite Capitol a Holsteiner stallion. He is 78% thoroughbred and an excellent jumper and mover.

Quantum at his First Novice at Sporting Days
I'm convinced that in order to develop world class competitors without bankrupting us in the process, horses have to be identified as early as possible, started correctly and not rushed. Quantum was started last fall, at this point he's evented 3 times, one Beginner Novice and two Novice. He's yet to have a jumping penalty and finished up his last novice in 3rd place! He will have a quiet spring in hopes of ramping up for the USEA 4 year old Young Event Horse Championships this fall. Check back for updates both here and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dpequestrian) for photos and progress reports!

In other news, Eli owned by Mike Rubin had a great showing this past weekend in Aiken. He wrapped up the week finishing an excellent double clear to finish 5th in tough conditions in the $25,000 Deitrick Grand Prix. I couldn't be prouder of him, this was his second grand prix of the year and second top 8 finish! I'm still working to refine how I ride him on course, and how best to prepare him in warm up in order to maximize his potential. This was an important stepping stone, he is one incredible horse. I'm very lucky to have the opportunity to work with him. Certainly couldn't ask for more!

We had a number of other horses both at the horse show from Wednesday through Sunday at Highfields as well as a schooling event at Sporting Days on Saturday. This coming week is no less chaotic, we're in town Monday and Tuesday, heading over to the show Wednesday and then off to Kentucky for Rolex! For those lucky enough to attend, please make sure to stop by the Eventing Nation tent on Saturday around noon for book signing and rider trivia with Jessica!

Further reports coming soon!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Plans in Aiken and Teaching in NC

Although we had initially planned to return to the New Hill farm, all of the recent rain has made conditions difficult. At the same time we've been offered a great opportunity here in Aiken by Evie and Phillip Dutton. As of April 1st we will be based at their beautiful farm here in Aiken, we plan to remain until we can move into our new farm in Rougemont, NC which is being built as we speak.

Until we finally make the move, we’re going to try to get up to NC as often as possible in order to teach and check on the building process. Jess and I will be up in NC on Monday and Tuesday the 6th and 7th of April. I know many of you might not be able to schedule during the day, but if possible and interested please let me know. I’m just trying to accommodate as many people as possible.

If interested please shoot a quick email to doug@dpequestrian.com or text to 908.399.9112