I’ve had such a nice month of riding and feel like my horses have been getting better and more educated. I’ve really been working to get the young horses and Rem a bit more broke on the flat, and my weekly lessons with Sallie Spenard and the opportunity to have her ride my horses when I’m gone, have really helped the consistency in the way my horses have been going. I’m seeing the results in my young horses and at Loudon I had two firsts: Anita’s Dashwood easily won the dressage and ended up first, and Electrik was second after dressage and won his division, too. Volcan got robbed a little in the lack of warmup but was good in the jumping phases to end up fifth.
This last weekend at CDCTA, Volcan won the dressage and Dashwood was second to him, and they ended first and second, and Electrik was second after dressage and ended up second. Henri Prudent came to watch and help me warm up Volcan, who he found for me, which was fun. I think he was pretty proud of “his” horse. It’s really nice to have young horses that are going to be really competitive down the road—they’re all good movers and jumpers with really great minds.
My lovely Rem has been fun as well. I took her to the AECs, which was quite an experience. Tryon is like going to a five-star resort for horses, and although it’s quite overwhelming when you drive in, the facility is actually quite easy to get around and quite accessible to riders and spectators. I wasn’t sure what to think about the cross-country because you spend the first minute and forty seconds in the derby field, but to be honest, once they get the footing a bit more sorted it’s going to be a great facility for any event they hold there. I was quite happy with dressage, though I had two baubles at the end that were a bit costly as far as my score. I didn’t want to run for time because I felt it wasn’t the right place to try and win in lieu of what I want do at Fair Hill this fall, so I just tried to be swift and efficient. Rem was really fun and then she had a great show jumping, going clear with just two time, which was completely my fault because I added in two of the lines. I think it will be a really good event in the future when they can open up the cross-country onto the new golf course they just acquired.
I’m looking forward to competing at Plantation and will let you know how it goes!