Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Great to Be Home at Planation Field!

The Crew at Plantation
Photo Credit Gayle Hughes
My junior riders seriously impressed this weekend at Plantation Field with many double clear rounds and top placings!  The ground has been hard in the area, but the weather worked in our favor to soften up the ground a bit after a Saturday evening rain. We had six students in the Training and Novice, and two that completed a combined test in the Intermediate and Preliminary.

For our Training riders, Julie Henk had a great performance on her new mare, Merry Sioux.  She added just one rail to a great dressage score to finish the weekend in second place in the JOT.  Annelise Aurillo competed Lisa Kane's Cobbler's Son, having a good dressage and one rail down on Saturday.  Unfortunately, Annelise and her mount parted company at the coffin complex on cross-country, but had a great ride up until that point.  Morris is a new mount for her and I'm confident with a bit of schooling they will be right back on track. 

We had a great weekend in the Novice divisions as well.  Miranda Webb rode Judi Wilson's Expresso to a great second place finish on her dressage score of 32 in the Open Novice, while Kaelen Speck brought home another second place on her own Rosenharly Romello in the JON division.  Jenn Cain rode her young horse In Jest in his first recognized competition of his career, and while finding some details to work on in the dressage and show-jumping, had a great cross-country ride to finish up the weekend.  Lucie Hughes also had her first Novice for her mare Kitty's Topaz and finished on her dressage score in 7th.  With four clear rounds for these girls, I'd say it was a pretty good weekend!

I had my young horses out this weekend as well, and they all proved needing a bit more cross-country schooling before the next event . . . Fortunately, Fair Hill will be opening their course up starting next week.  

Count down is just seven days before Bucky and I head to Kentucky,  so stay tuned for updates!

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