Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Full Gallop Summer Horse Trails
What a fabulous weekend! Willy and Deacon made their first showing in Aiken, South Carolina. A big thanks to Sally Cousins who was kinda enough to open her barn for my horses, giving them a luxurious place to stay for the weekend.
Saturday started with a very heavy fog, however it was not enough to hide the cross country fences from sharp little Willy. Fortunately he settled down just enough for the dressage, earning a 44 in a division filled with the nation's top riders! He went on to have a clean and fast show jumping, finishing the day in 8th place. Deacon stepped up to the plate today, and put in his most consistent test to date, earning a 36. After a double clean show jumping round, Deacon finished the day in a tie for 4th.
Both horses ran fabulously on Sunday. Willy jumped around his toughest intermediate course to date, answering all the questions and soaring over many of the maxed out fences, to finish in 9th place. Deacon also faced quite a challenging course complete with a Weldon's Wall, rolltop into water, and ditch combination, though an early "green horse" moment caused him to fall several placings...finishing in 9th.