Sunday, September 11, 2011

Faith, Bits, Seneca and Fair Hill Starter...

Hi everyone,

It has been a whirlwind since I last started with Faith feeling under the weather and having to have colic surgery two weeks ago.  Luckily she is happy and well and was at home 3 days after her surgery with her foal at her side the whole time...just one of those weird things the surgeons said...

On a super positive note, we have started and backed Believe in the Stars, aka Bits.  Some of you might remember Bits broke her leg in two places as a foal and with the tremendous effort of Dr Liberty Getman and the entire crew at New Bolton Center she has recovered and shows no signs of her past trauma.  We hope to have video of her up soon.

After Faith got sick, we decided it would probably not be best to go to the AEC's and so rerouted to Seneca and Plantation.

Seneca was a great event, minus riding in the rain once more.  Tag again was super and had I been one second faster on cross country he would have won, he ended up 3rd as we were tied for second with Sally Cousins and she was closer to optimum time.

We are really looking forward to Plantation this weekend and with all the rain from last week the footing should be ideal.

We also were able to do the Fair Hill Starter Trials since we were not at the AEC's.  Hope started us out and was good but fussy in the dressage and jumped two good clears to finish 8th.  Our sale horses Kilo and Song were also very good.  Kilo was awesome in dressage scoring a 24.8 and jumped a double clear to win and Song was also very good in the dressage scoring a 29.1 and also jumped a double clear, but I unfortunately made her jump the second fence twice instead of the second and the last in the show jumping...fiddlesticks!  She was in 4th after dressage so that would have been the worst she finished...a silly mistake.

Gillian Cowley also rode Always Laughing, a new sale horse.  And the two young ladies had a learning experience between them but finished 7th overall.

We hope that your homes, farms and friends all survived the weather over the past week and that today we remember those lost in the 9-11 tragedy with sadness and celebrate the heroism shown that day and in the days since...

All the best,
Courtney and Neal

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