Thursday, July 11, 2013

Maryland Horse Trials Recap

This weekend brought the caravan to Maryland, for the Maryland horse trials. I am pleased to report that it was a very successful weekend for Team Lily. Congratulations are due to Annelise and Your Lucky Day. The pair seemed to take the phrase "back and better than ever" as a challenge, and responded by winning  their Training division. They had a beautiful dressage test, scoring a 26 and jumping double clear. It was exciting to see them make such easy work of the course. Congratulations you two!

As impressed as I was with Annelise and her mount, they were not the only successful pair this weekend. Miranda Webb, Eliza Crosby, and myself all competed on Saturday. Miranda successfully completed her second preliminary on Espresso adding no jumping faults to their dressage score. Eliza Crosby had an impressive dressage test scoring 28 and jumping double clear to finish in fourth in novice. I had two rides on Saturday. The Speck's Pet Me Pet Me continued to progress at novice. I was very pleased with our dressage test, which scored a 24, and our two clear jumping rounds.

My Training and Beginner Novice riders had an equally successful outing. Hannah Daneker and her Classy Lady had a lovely dressage test and jumped clear to finish in fourth in the beginner novice. I also rode my new project Go Devil Go in the beginner novice. I was very pleased with my cross-country and show jumping. I look forward to improving our dressage test.  Meanwhile Annelise won her training division. It is quite a feat to win your second event back. Victoria Kager and her new find California Comet continued to bond and had a very successful outing in their  training division. They had a nice dressage test  and made the cross-country look easy. The pair finished in third. Right behind Tori was Kaelen Speck and her trusty companion Regal Dancer. They were tied for fifth after dressage, and finished in fifth on a score of 34 after two clear jumping rounds.

I am also pleased to announce that I have found a horse named Rasher to retrain for the RRTP. I am just getting to know him, pushing all his buttons and allowing him to acclimate to the atmosphere of a high energy (read chaotic) eventing barn. He appears to have a good disposition and be willing to learn. I look forward to working with him.  Thanks for checking in, look in soon for the next update of the competing shenanigans of LBE!

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