|Braden Speck, Resident Rodeo Cowboy!|
Photo Credit Gayle Hughes
Monday, September 3, 2012
Around the ninth minute of the course, I found myself with an incredibly tired horse. After a terrible jump and near fall on the landing at the Footbridge (Fence 22), I slowed our pace and tried to regain some strength and ride-ability. His exhaustion was apparent when he jumped into the last water landing in a trot, but he managed to keep it together, jumping the last few combinations well and making it to the finish without another bad fence.
I was so incredibly excited that we were able to finish such a tough course, given that there were so many tricky riding fences that rocked his confidence. The cross-country was far more grueling than the breezy ride we had at Kentucky, but we are a better team for riding through the the challenging questions of the infamous Burghley course.