The Fork CIC*** kicks off this weekend in Norwood, North Carolina. Abigail Wilson and I arrived yesterday afternoon and were welcomed by perfect weather! Abigail and her horse Rory will be competing in the Preliminary this weekend, while Bucky and I have our debut in the CIC***. We have just completed our dressage about an hour ago and Bucky put in a great effort to score a 56. We have lots to improve on, but his test today was a great start. Abigail will be riding her dressage later in the morning.
We took a walk around the preliminary and CIC*** courses last night and both courses looked good. The preliminary looks like a confidence building course which will be great for Abigail and Rory. It has a few tough questions with lots of open galloping in between each combination. The three-star looks nice and open, so Bucky and I should be able to get a good rhythm going early on. It has some new questions on it, one being a downhill brush to double corners late in the course. This combination sits directly in front of the main water and sponsors tent, making it tough for the horses to focus on the jumps. I imagine this combination will demand a precise and accurate ride to get the horses onto their line. I took some photos on my walk last night, so enjoy the virtual course walk! Stay tuned to the blog for updates throughout the weekend!