Fair Hill International kicked off their spring Horse Trials and CIC in Elkton, Maryland this past weekend. Team Lily packed up the trailer to take over the Training divisions for the weekend. We were competing in some stormy weather most of the day on Saturday, but Sunday brought sunshine and warmer temperatures! The footing on the cross-country held up surprisingly well despite all the rain. The going was deep in many spots, but not as slick as we all expected.
My young riders Abigail Wilson and Eliza Crosby rose to the occasion and performed spectacularly this weekend! They both had competitive dressage tests, and with double clear jump rides they secured the first and third place positions respectively in the Junior Training division. Abigail has been working on sorting out some kinks with Fernhill Flag on the cross-country, so it was very rewarding for her to see her hard work paying off. This has just been the third competition for Eliza on her mount Happy Valley, so a third place finish is very exciting!
I had two young horses entered in the Training divisions this weekend, and they both had good rounds. I rode Your Lucky Day for Annelise Aurillo in his third Training competition this weekend, and he had a very respectable fifth place finish! I also rode Kodiak's Moment for Paul and Jane Lawrence, who finished well with a double clear cross-country in his training division.
I will be taking the younger riders and green horses to the St. Augustine Spring Horse Trials this weekend to get most of them their first start of the season! Stay tuned to the blog for updates! Thanks to Sumner Crosby for our own portfolio of photos from the weekend at Fair Hill! The pictures look great!