Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials in Aiken just wrapped up, and we had an exciting and fairly successful weekend.
We packed up the truck in PA with some horses and young riders that would be making their debut out of the indoor arena for their first event of the year. Andi Lawrence, Abigail Wilson, Eliza Crosby, and Annelise Aurillo were all down for the long weekend to get some cross-country schooling in and get their first competition under their belt.
Kate Hick's student Veronique St. Maurice has also come down to spend her spring break in Aiken. She has a young horse in need of some cross country and jump schooling, so she will be staying with me for the week so we can get her going!
We had a cross-country schooling day at Lellie Ward's Paradise Farm on Friday, which was very successful. All the horses and riders were jumping around like they have not missed a beat all winter. They were looking ready to go for the weekend!
Unfortunately, the weather did not care to cooperate with us this weekend at Sporting Days. It was raining most of the weekend, which was disappointing for all students and parents who migrated south in hopes of warmer weather.
Most of the riders had a great outing on the weekend; Abigail Wilson and her mount Fernhill Flag finished sixth in a competitive Junior Training division, and Eliza Crosby finished eighth in the Junior Novice on Happy Valley. Annelise Aurillo was so excited about her new air-vest that she decided to give it a test ride on the cross-country, having an unfortunate parting of company early on in the course. She came back with good reviews on the product!
I had two great rides this weekend aboard Tessa and Peace Proposal. Tessa finished eighth in her Open Novice division with two double-clear jump rounds, and Parris finished fourth in her Beginner Novice division. Both of these horses will compete at Pine Top Farm in two weeks before they make the trip back up to Pennsylvania.
Bucky and I will be headed to Red Hills in Tallahassee, Florida this coming weekend, where I will be competing him in the Advanced division. Red Hills has historically tough cross country courses and stiff competition, so it should be an exciting weekend! He has been feeling great and jumping well, and I think we are ready to go! Please stay tuned to the blog for updates!