Monday, November 2, 2015

Virginia Horse Trials

Four more of our horses ended their seasons this past weekend at Virginia Horse Trials. The Virginia Horse Center is a great venue and proved once again to be a fun away show for horses, riders, and parents alike.

Kaelen and Mimi, CCI1* show jumping.

Kaelen and Mimi during Awards.
Huge congratulations are in order for Kaelen Speck and her mare Sweet Rebellion for their bronze medal finish in their first CCI completion! After a great dressage test put them in 3rd in the young rider CCI1*, they maintained their placing with a double clear cross country round and a good show jump round. They were also 2nd place among Junior riders. We expect great things to continue to come out of this young and very talented partnership!
Mimi on her "best behavior" at the second jog.
Not to be outshone by his sister, Braden Speck rode his pony Rosenharley Romello in the Novice Championships against professionals, adults, and juniors alike. They finished on their dressage score for 9th place out of 42 starters, and were also 3rd place among Junior riders. Well done, B and Weasel!
Braden and Weasel, on their way to a clear Novice Championship Show Jumping.
Nicole Spiropolous had an educational weekend in her first Preliminary attempt aboard Melissa Stubenberg’s Aberjoy. After a good dressage test and stadium round, Nicole unfortunately popped out of the tack on cross country and their weekend came to a premature end.
Nicole and Joy in their Prelim dressage test.
Redemption was had for Nicole when she piloted her own Henry around his first Training level completion. He had a great dressage test, a green but educational show jumping round, and a fantastic clear cross country round to finish out the weekend. Herbie’s a Training horse now!

Huge thanks to Justine Dutton for trusting me with her four riders this weekend while she rocked around the CCI3* at Galways! Congratulations to riders Tori Hain, Madi Bantivoglio, Isabella Sandstead, and Olivia Briskin on their great rides this weekend! A very fun team to coach and help.

Overall, it was another excellent weekend of eventing. Our very last show of the season is next weekend at Maryland Horse Trials Starter, and we will have many combinations competing, so stay tuned for results!

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