We have just arrived home from our eight week stay in Aiken, South Carolina. Though we had a great start to the season down south, I am relieved to be back at home. Despite the colder weather, the horses seem happy to be back on their home turf. We will be looking forward to the coming events in the next few weeks being closer to home!
Team Lily (as Trevor has named us) had a successful outing at Southern Pines last weekend on our way back home. Eliza Crosby finished in second place with Annelise Aurillo close behind in eighth in a competitive Training level division. The Training cross-country was one of the toughest tracks I have seen for that level, and the girls rose to the occasion and rode really well on Friday afternoon. Abigail Wilson also competed in the Preliminary, and discovered a few kinks that I am confident she will iron out before her next outing.
Bucky and I had our third start at the Advanced level at Southern Pines this past weekend, and we continued our streak with another sixth place finish! He put in a great effort the entire weekend, and despite a minor pilot error in the show jumping, he finished out the weekend really well. We will be spending the next week training for the Fork CIC*** coming up April 7 - 10 in Norwood, North Carolina.
I am excited to get back to the lesson program and start working on all the students and young horses that are gearing up to compete in the coming weeks! We have a busy spring schedule planned for competitions, and we are already off to a great start so I am confident we will keep moving in the same direction. Stay tuned to the blog for a recap of Morven Park Horse Trials this coming weekend and for the Fork CIC*** next weekend and thanks so much to Sumner Crosby for his great photographic contributions from Southern Pines!!