Carriage Station Farm and Arendahl Farm

Cathy Wieschhoff’s Carriage Station Farm – Mile 7.

Carriage Station Farm is located at mile 7 on Old Frankfort Pike. A COS from the world of Thoroughbred horse farms, Carriage Station is a mecca for event riders. Eventing might be better explained as being the triathlon of the horse world – where riders and horses have to compete in three events – dressage, cross country and eventing over three days.

Owned by Jessica Bollinger, with Cathy Wieschhoff, Carriage Station Farm is home to eventing and riding horses. A hundred or so acres with an indoor and outdoor arena and cross country eventing course, Wieshoff trains under the banner of CF Farms, with her riders competing in local and national event circuits. Wieschhoff is a graduate of the US Pony Club, attaining her A-rating, and is a life member who gives back unselfishly to the sport.

However, Wieschhoff herself has quite the list of achievements, nationally and internationally. Wieschhoff has competed at the four-star Rolex Kentucky Three Day event (now known as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event held at the Kentucky Horse Park in the spring) and at the four-star Burghley Three-Day Event (England), among others.

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Cathy Wieschhoff

Carriage Station Farm

Wieschhoff competed back before the eventing format changed (before the Atlanta Olympics in 1996). The traditional three-day event classic format was dressage on Thursday or Friday, cross-country on Saturday and show jumping on Sunday. But the Saturday was a longer format than riders are familiar with today. Saturday’s format used to include a 30-minute roads and tracks, a steeplechase phase, followed by a second 45-minute roads and tracks phase, then a 10-minute veterinary box where the horse’s vital signs were checked for fitness and the horse and rider given the go-ahead to continue on to the now sole cross-country phase, which is another 11-12 minutes. Fitness of horse and rider was vital; conditioning, training, preparing, in much the same way a runner needs to prepare mentally and physically for a long-distance race.

Wieschhoff teaches eventing, show jumping and dressage and has re-trained several former Thoroughbred racehorses. 

Horses competed by Wieschhoff include: Spelga Dam (better known by her stablename Kate), a mare that Wieschhoff competed for many years. They competed stateside in 1997 and at Burghley, in England, in 1998. They competed for over seven years at the highest level.

Other notable horses include Opie (Ocotillo) and Speed Rail, with whom Wieschhoff won the overall eventing title at the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover in 2016. And Title Contender who she also competed at the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover and finished 3rd in the Eventing division.

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Cathy Wieschhoff and Kit

The mule she evented in the ‘80s!

(Photo: USCTA News)

And Wieschhoff fondly remembers a mule named Kit that she rode in the 80’s, that all started as somewhat of a joke, but the joke ended up being on those that didn’t believe as they watched Kit compete – and win – in eventing!

When she is not riding or teaching Wieschhoff has a secret love for Whoopie Pies, UK basketball, her cats and dogs, spending time with family and friends and escaping the Kentucky weather for the Florida horse circuit in the winter months!

Arendahl Farm

Seasoned runners may notice a new farm on Old Frankfort Pike this year. Arendahl Farm is a new dressage boarding and training facility next-door to Carriage Station Farm. 

Owned by doctors Andrew and Amy Dahlgren, Arendahl is located at the old Ballantrae Farm, at mile 7 of the RunTheBluegrass half marathon course, on Old Frankfort Pike.

The farm stretches over 100 acres and includes an indoor arena, for dressage. Amy Dahlgren is a United States Dressage Federation Bronze and Silver medalist. She teaches dressage lessons from beginners to upper level and competes in dressage.

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Vanessa Seitz