Bucky and I have arrived home late last night after a great weekend at the Fork CIC*** in Norwood, North Carolina. We finished up the weekend with great jump rides to place in the top 25 of the CIC***. With this finish, we are now qualified for the Jersey Fresh CCI*** May 11th - 15th. He is looking fresh and full of himself today, and I think very impressed with his efforts this weekend!
The cross-country on Saturday proved to be a true CIC*** test with enough problems spread throughout the course. Bucky felt great straight out of the start box, and jumped around the course in an effortless manner. He made my job easy! He has taken well to every course he has run this year, and he feels like each course experience makes him more and more solid at the Advanced level. He finished with just 2.8 time faults on Saturday, and we weren't even pushing for time! I have allowed him to pick the pace he is comfortable sticking to, and with each run he gets a bit more competitive with his pace. I imagine he will be competitive by the time he gets to Jersey.
I was most pleased with our ride in the show jumping ride on Sunday. The past few show jump rides we have had this spring have been rough, and on Sunday I wanted to make sure I gave him the best ride I could to get him jumping better. I set out to have a slower ride around the course to keep him relaxed and focused on the jumps. We had two rails down that were a bit unlucky in my opinion, but I felt it was by far the best round he has jumped at this level. I will look to shave a few seconds off my time in the coming courses while still keeping him relaxed and jumping well.
We will be looking forward to competing at the Fair Hill CIC*** in two weeks and then heading to Jersey Fresh CCI*** in the beginning of May. Now that I have all my qualifications for Jersey, I am looking forward to fine tuning my dressage and show jumping to get a bit more competitive for the CCI. I hope you all will come to cheer us on at these more local competitions in the coming weeks!
This coming weekend we will be packing up to make the long drive to Plantation Field Horse Trials. I have a few young horses competing, as well as a few young riders! Stay tuned to the blog for updates and results and for now Bucky is going to take a well deserved rest!!