We spent a great day today at Maryland Horse Trials. Mother Nature was kind to us and gave us some much needed rain which made the going much better.
I was meant to have 4 in the Novices today however Tsu Tsu has a new Mom....Jen Holmquest has purchased her to pursue her own eventing dreams!
So that left me with R Star, aka Hope, American Outlaw, aka Wyatt and Vegas.
Hope was a star and had a wonderful dressage test, including some floppy ear moments. Her mother, Heavenly Star, used to flop her ears when she was relaxed and it looks like Hope is following in her hooves...She finished with two double clear rounds and a blue ribbon, and is now qualified for the American Eventing Championships in September and then there was the best comment of the day by her dressage judge..."really cool ears."
Wyatt is a new horse for us as he just recently came in to be sold. His owner Kenyon Brewer is unfortunately needing to sell him. He is exactly what every person should have in their barn, kind, easy, and uncomplicated. What a pleasure he was....He finished 3rd in a large division as well with two double cleans.
Vegas is hopefully our next superstar. We recently purchased him. He is a 6 year old, 16.1h TB gelding and he has all the makings of a very nice upper level event horse, at least we hope! This was his first horse trials. He did a good dressage test, although he did spend a good bit of time calling out to his friends...He then was jumping a great stadium round when he spooked off an aqueduct wall that had been moved to the side of the ring and crossed his path. Unfortunately this gave him some time and 4 faults for crossing his path. He tried hard and jumped double clean cross country and finished 10th. We were super happy with him as well!
|The Scary Aqueduct|
Tomorrow we head back with Magill and Walking on Broadway two other sale horses, so we will see how that goes.
Additionally I want to give a big shout out to Maria Granello and Laura Gilliken who were fantastic help today at the show and to Gillian Cowley and Becca Gilbert who took care of things at home...thanks for all the wonderful help!
|Maria and Laura at the Maryland Horse Trials|