Vagabon de Champdoux “James”
2009 French Thoroughbred Gelding
Owners: Vagabon de Champdoux Syndicate
James is a lovely horse that Will Coleman imported from France in May of 2014. He is a full Thoroughbred and has a huge jump and quality paces. He was named the 5-Year-Old Young Event Horse Champion at the Fair Hill International Young Event Horse Championships in 2014 with Will in the tack.
Caitlin and James began their partnership in 2015, competing successfully at the Training level in the spring and earning 6th place at Paradise Farm, 6th place at Plantation Field, and 3rd place at Fair Hill. James made his Preliminary level debut at Plantation Field where he placed 4th, followed by 9th place at Horse Park of New Jersey, 3rd place at Waredaca, and a win at Five Points on an impressive dressage score of 25.2! Caitlin and James competed in the CIC1* at Planation Field finishing in 6th place, and went on to complete the CCI1* at Hagyard Midsouth, jumping clean on cross-country.
In 2016, James finished 9th place in the Preliminary at Pine Top and followed that performance with a great introduction to FEI competition at Carolina International CIC1*. At Fair Hill, Caitlin and James earned a 21.4 in dressage and finished the weekend in 2nd place in the Open Preliminary. They then went on to finish in 7th place in the Intermediate at Plantation Field and 13th place in the Intermediate division at Millbrook. They wrapped up the 2016 season with a 2nd place in the Intermediate division at Five Points Horse Trial.
James kicked off 2017 with a 2nd place finish in the Open Preliminary at Stable View. In February, Caitlin and James finished 9th in the Pine Top CIC2*! In May, Caitlin and James finished 7th in the CCI2* at Jersey Fresh! James is a very exciting horse for the future and Caitlin can’t wait to see what this talented horse has in store.
2011 Trakehner Mare
Owners: Vicki Morgan and Lance McQue of Q-Brook Stables
The McQue family found Ally at an auction in Wisconsin and Morgan McQue has produced her up to Training level. Caitlin acquired the ride on Ally in July 2016 and won the YEH Qualifier at Five Points, followed by a 2nd place finish in the Training division at Stable View’s Oktoberfest Horse Trial. Next, Ally traveled to Maryland to compete in the 2016 YEH Championships at Fair Hill finishing in 5th place.
In February, Ally moved up to the Preliminary level at Sporting Days Farm finishing in 4th place followed by a 6th place finish in the Preliminary at Pine Top Farm. In May, Caitlin and Ally finished 8th in the Open Preliminary division at the MCTA Horse Trials. Next, they went on to win the Preliminary division at Fair Hill International Horse Trials followed by a 5th place finish in the Preliminary at Champagne Run at the Park H.T. In September, Caitlin and Ally finished 3rd in the Preliminary division at the American Eventing Championships and finished in the Top 30 in the Plantation Field International CIC1* and a 16th place finish at the Hagyard Midsouth CCI1*!
Irish Sporthorse Gelding by Shannondale Sarco
Owner: Risa Moon
Tinker is a talented Irish Sport Horse gelding that is currently competing at the Training level. In March, Caitlin and Tinker finished 4th at Pine Top Farm in the Open Training division followed by a 2nd place finish at MCTA Horse Trials. In May, Caitlin and Tinker finished in 3rd place on their dressage score of 29.1 at Fair Hill International. At the Stable View Summer Horse Trials, Caitlin and Tinker won the Open Training division on their dressage score of 29.6. In September, Caitlin and Tinker finished 6th in the Training Horse division at the American Eventing Championships. Tinker made his debut at the Preliminary level at the Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event where Caitlin piloted him to a Top 20 finish. Caitlin is looking forward to bringing Tinker up through the levels and would like to thank Risa for allowing her to ride such a talented young horse.
2013 Trakhner Mare by Hirtentanz
Owners: Vicki Morgan and Lance McQue of Q-Brook Stables
Hula is a 2013 Trakhner mare and half sister to Ally KGO. Hula is just beginning her eventing career with Caitlin and won the Future Event Horse competition as a two-year-old at Applewood Farm. Caitlin is looking forward to an exciting 2017 season with this youngster.
2012 KWPN Gelding
Owner: Steve Brown
Hi Jinx was bred in Aiken, SC by Red Top Farm. In 2014, Steve purchased him as a two-year old and sent him to Caitlin for her to produce him into an event horse. In 2016, Hi Jinx made his eventing debut and successfully finished in the Top 10 at both Five Points H.T. and Stable View.
Catch a Star “Hoku”
2000 16.1 Hand Holsteiner/Thoroughbred Mare
Owners: Brad Johnson, Seema Sonnad, Tom and Belle Maher, and Caitlin Silliman
Caitlin purchased Hoku in the summer of 2010 with the help of Brad Johnson. Originally bred in California at Kingsway Farm, Hoku had competed through the 2* level with her previous rider Rachel Dwyer when Caitlin began riding her. Caitlin and Hoku successfully completed a 2* together in the beginning of their partnership before the unthinkable happened when Hoku was very badly burned in a tragic fire at True Prospect Farm (which took the lives of many horses). The months that followed were filled with Caitlin caring for Hoku despite the fact that at times it seemed like a full recovery would be nearly impossible, and during this time they formed an incredible bond. Hoku beat the odds against her and returned to competition with Caitlin once her injuries had healed. She turned many heads and wowed her many admirers as she came back from the unthinkable to successfully compete at the CCI3* and CCI4* level.
In 2012 Caitlin and Hoku completed several Advanced and 3* competition, earning 4th place in the Advanced at Fair Hill International, 9th place in the Jersey Fresh CIC3*, 5th place in the Bromont CCI3*, and completing the CIC3* at both Richland Park and Plantation Field. In 2013 Caitlin and Hoku continued to compete at the Advanced/3* level, and completed the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in 24th place. 2014 saw more success for this pair at the highest levels of Eventing, including 8th place in the Advanced division at The Fork, 4th place at the Jersey Fresh CIC3*, 5th place at the Plantation Field CIC3*, and an impressive 4th place in the very competitive CCI3* division at Fair Hill International! Catch a Star was the USEA’s 5th Ranked Mare of the Year in 2014.
In 2016, Caitlin made the decision to retire Hoku from upper-level competition and allow her to finish out her career teaching someone else. Hoku will be campaigned by Ada Plumb in 2016, with their aim being to do a CCI* in either 2016 or 2017. Caitlin is excited to watch Ada learn from Hoku as they develop their partnership together.
Press Release: Catch A Star Retires From Upper Level Competition
Remington XXV “Remi”
1995 16 Hand Hanoverian Gelding
Owners: Densey and Ron Juvonen
Remi was given to Caitlin to compete in the fall of 2012 thanks to Boyd Martin and Remi’s owners, the Juvonens. It was decided that Caitlin would be the first leg of his retirement as Remi began to age but still has an undeniable passion for competing.
Caitlin enjoyed learning and competing on such an incredibly experienced and talented horse. Remi has now been retired from upper level competition and is being ridden by Densey and Ron’s granddaughter, Camilla Grover-Dodge. In 2015, Remi and Camilla were the North American Junior Champions in the CCI1* division at the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships! Remi will always hold a spot in Caitlin’s heart, and she has enjoyed seeing him teach a new rider what he taught her.