I hope you all can forgive me for neglecting the blog, as there is so much to update! Team Lily has had an great end to the season, from an exciting Fair Hill weekend to success at the starter trials. Here's a brief summary of how we have been keeping busy ...
Abigail Wilson on Fernhill Flag at Fair Hill Photo credit Sumner Crosby
Abigail Wilson and Fernhill Flag had a very successful completion at the Fair Hill CCI** back in October. This pair moved up to the intermediate level in the spring, and it has been exciting to watch their progress throughout the year. Fair Hill is considered the toughest two-star track in the country, but she and Rory made light of it. I am looking forward to what they will accomplish in 2013!
A few of our younger riders have been flying under the radar this year, but they have had some great outings this fall. Sarah Hughes has been competing Deb's Delight at the novice level, and they have had a few top finishes. Sarah has just picked up Deb as a ride this summer, and she has done a great job adapting. One of our newer jockeys, Olivia Saber, has also had some great finishes this fall on Stonewall Winters. They wrapped up the season finishing third at her first Novice at St. Augustine!
Melissa Carson on Bo Brown Michelle Carson Photo Credit
Our newest edition to Team Lily, Melissa Carson, had an impressive win at St. Augustine in her first novice level competition. Bo Brown, her thoroughbred, is just four years old but seems unphased by the competitions. The two of them have been working hard and progressing rapidly, and we are eager to see their accomplishments in the future.
My crew of young horses had their last outing of the year at Waredaca, and are now enjoying a holiday. I am looking forward to their competitions in Aiken!
As our season has come to a close, I would like to thank all of our parents and supporters that made this season incredible! I hope you all enjoyed the competitions as much as I have, and I greatly appreciate the help provided by parents at all of the events. I am thrilled that we have new faces on our team, and Im looking forward to the year ahead!