Team Lily wrapped up another great competition over the weekend with the help of many visitors from home! I was so pleased to have parents, owners, and a few families down for the weekend as riders and horses put in yet another great performance at Lellie Ward's Paradise Farm.
Andi Lawrence and Annelise Aurillo had their second preliminary runs this past weekend on their respective mounts, Armani and Your Lucky Day. Andi wrapped up a great competition finishing four in the JYOP while Annelise had a great run, finishing seventh. Wyn Maling rode well in the training to finish sixth in a very competitive division. Julie Henk was back on the competition scene with her new ride, Merry Sioux. The two had their first start at novice after just a few days of getting to know each other, and despite some time faults on cross country had a great first outing.
I was pleased to have Lori Daneker and Frank McEntee down for the weekend to watch their young horses, Peace Proposal and Paddy the Caddy in the competition. Both horses were great and jumped well to finish on their dressage scores.
We were lucky enough to have Bettina back for two more days of lessons this week! My first lesson was very insightful as Bettina broke down the Advanced A test for me to ride. We worked on having a plan for every movement in the test, and this helped Bucky be more confident in the arena. I have one more lesson with her, and we are then off to Pine Top for the Advanced Horse Trials on Friday! Stay tuned for updates!