Both Syd and JR prepped well for The Fork and I was lucky to have Mom fly in to help me. I always look forward to this event, even though I’ve never had the best luck there. The weather on Thursday wasn’t great, and my results weren’t either. Syd performed his normal steady test in an absolute downpour Thursday afternoon and I was pleased considering. JR went Friday after lunch. He warmed up well but right before we went, the two boys who were picking up the tests from the judges decided to run out of the ring right in front of me. JR stopped, stood up and freaked out! I tried to move on but he was quite tense and inconsistent, and our score reflected that. Both horses were amazing in show jumping and jumped clean. I felt I rode the best I have this year, so that’s always encouraging. And then cross-country. Experience is something you get right after you needed it, right? I thought the new coffin was a great exercise but I chose the wrong canter for it. I got eliminated on both horses at the out. I think my horses are careful and could have been more in front of my leg. I did get to go back and school after the event.
I’ll need to be better at Kentucky. My plan is to school triple brush coffins at home, then go to Fair Hill and run around the Advanced with both horses. If they’re confident I’ll still go to Rolex. If not, I’ll go to plan B, C or D.