Friday, June 17, 2011
The Girls Dominate at Plantation Field!
We had a beautiful weekend at Plantation Field's June Horse Trials this past weekend, and Team Lily brought out their best. We had thirteen horse and rider combinations competing during the weekend, with the USEA Recognized Horse Trials competing on Saturday and the Starter Trials on Sunday.
On Saturday Abigail Wilson had a great second place finish on her preliminary mount Fernhill Flag. The pair has been ironing out some kinks in their jumping this spring, so it was great to see her hard work pay off. She is looking forward to competing in her first CIC* at Stuart Horse Trials in July. The Junior Open Training division finished up with Andi Lawrence and Armani in third, Eliza Crosby and Happy Valley in fourth, and Annelise Aurillo and Your Lucky Day in ninth. These girls are all gearing up for the Training Three-Day at GMHA in August, and they're looking ready to go! I had a great ride on Peace Proposal in the Novice, finishing in second on her dressage score of 33. This young Thoroughbred mare owned by Lori Daneker gets better and better every outing she has, and I have no doubt she is a horse to watch for the future.
Sunday was a great day for my younger riders at the Starter Trials. Congratulations are in order for Emma Stradley and her family not only for her win on Gem in the Novice, but also their recent purchase of this Thoroughbred gelding. Emma and Gem are a great combination and they will be a pair to watch together in the coming months. We also had six horse/pony and rider combinations in the Beginner Novice, with Ada Plumb bringing home the win on her pony Willie, Kaelen Speck and Rosenharley Romello in a close second, Ali Corkran and Mr. Snickers finishing fourth, and Miranda Webb finishing eighth on Expresso. Lucie and Sarah Hughes are looking forward to the Plantation Schooling Day to smooth out some small challenges they were faced with on the cross-country the day before. Both girls are great riders with very green horses and they will undoubtedly be back out to clean up at Surefire.
On a side note, Bucky is back into work and feeling great after his short break following Jersey Fresh. I am very excited to announce I will be working with Anne Kursinski in the coming months to sort out the challenges we have been faced with in the show-jumping. His summer competition schedule will include Stuart Horse Trials in the Intermediate, Millbrook Horse Trials in the Advanced, and Richland Park in the CIC***.
Our next big competition will be Surefire Horse Trials at the end of June, so stay tuned for updates!
Photo Credits by Sumner Crosby - Thank you!!