Moving forward from that, I decided to go to Fair Hill with Wyatt after it became apparent that Syd was out for Rolex (you can read about that on the Rolex website under the featured riders, http://www.rk3de.org). We had a run around Preliminary at Fair Hill to restore my confidence and his. Wyatt had tried so hard at the Fork but rider error caused him to land in the middle of the open oxer out of the sunken road. I took a tug, rode it too quietly and he thought it was a bounce; he did exactly what I told him to do. I just stepped off and he was fine, but that ended our weekend.
Fair Hill was just what we needed; something really easy for us and Wyatt just cruised around. It was a good event for my students as well—I’d been helping Jessica Hampf all winter and spring, and she too had had an unlucky fall at The Fork and was required to run around Fair Hill for her selectors in order to be allowed to go to Kentucky. Running the Advanced horse trials was good for her confidence, and for Meghan and Pirate as well—they had also had a fall at The Fork. Fair Hill was a good run for them, too.
Meanwhile, JR is coming along great. He did the test ride at Fair Hill for the CIC*** and scored a 48, and then tied for first in the Advanced dressage on a 32.2.
My plans are to do the OI with Wyatt at MCTA and then the CIC** at Jersey Fresh, with the goal of the CCI** at Bromont. JR will do the test ride for the CIC** at Jersey. He’s just started to jump and the end goal for him is the CIC*** at Bromont. I haven’t decided yet if I’m doing Chattahoochee or the Virginia horse trials before that.
I had a great weekend coaching Jess Hampf and Allison Springer at Rolex Kentucky. I was lucky to have been helping both of them this winter and spring. They were rock stars, and other than Jess’s dressage (her warm-up was good, she just didn’t get it in the ring), the weekend went really well for both girls. I’m so proud of them! As always, it was great watching and I feel like I’ve refreshed my love of the sport. Tom went too, so that was really fun. Anytime you get to see the best riders doing our sport you learn so much. I was so pleased that William won.