Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Moving on Up at Maryland Horse Trials II

We were back at Loch Moy for Maryland Horse Trials II this weekend, and everyone who competed produced great results.

On Saturday, I rode Marnie Kelly's Campground in the Intermediate. He tried very hard and showed great improvement on the flat then jumped freakishly well as per usual. With his one rail and some time on cross country he finished just outside of the placings in ninth.

Erin with Marnie Kelly's Campground

Frank McEntee's Paddy the Caddy made his return to competition in the Preliminary.  Our favorite little ninja was very happy to be back from his post-Jersey Fresh vacation.  He won the flat with an unreal 23.6 and show jumped clear, but I took my time on cross country and he ended in seventh.

Zehra Gundogan and Captivate moved back up to Preliminary and made it look easy.  They earned a 28.9 with a great dressage test, had a lovely show jumping round with just one rail, and cruised around the cross country to jump clear and add a bit of time for ninth place.
Kaelen Speck rode extremely well on an amped up Sweet Rebellion to add only time onto her dressage score for an eighth place finish.

In the afternoon Braden Speck rode Rosenharley Romello to finish on his Novice dressage score for eighth place in the Junior division. Tori Kager rode her young horse Sage Advice to a fourth place finish on her dressage score in the Open Novice.

On Sunday we were back for the Training divisions.  Jill Tallman's Bold Tiger completed his first Training level event in great form. Although he is quite green, he rose to the challenge and finished on his dressage score of 33.9 for eighth place.

Sale horse Stonewall Winters had a great day with Tori Kager in the irons.  He had no trouble finishing on his dressage score of 34.6 for fifth place.

The Girls Icing Their Legs Post Comp!
Hannah Daneker and Peace Proposal made the move up to Training level and added only cross country time onto their dressage score.  Parris was very happy to see the fences a bit higher, but she was disappointed that the dressage test did not allow her to show off her walk-to-canters.

Gabbie Ciccone and Some Kind of Wonderful were our big winners of the weekend, leading the Junior division on a 32.3 from start to finish.  Congratulations Gibba and Bo Bo!

Our horses and riders all had an excellent weekend in spite of serious heat and humidity. We will be at Jersey next weekend; fingers crossed for slightly more mild weather!

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