(photo by the Chronicle of the Horse)
Oh wow, what a weekend! Where do I start? I guess it all started with a morning AP Calculus exam...if that doesn't get your weekend off to a great start I don't know what will...after four hours of testing I headed over to the barn to give Blazer his first of many baths for our first CCI** outing together.
As if missing school for horses isn't the best thing I was lucky enough to have my best friend and amazing groom, Erica Jacquay, skip school with me for the weekend. She was an amazing help not only keeping me organized but also keeping me entertained and laughing throughout the weekend.
I know that Blazer and I have the potential to put in an amazing dressage test. The Friday before leaving we had a great tune up with Sallie Spenard, she's giving us all the tools they just need to be drilled into us a little more. With some great reminders from Jenn (who had an amazing 4th place finish on her own JB's Star in the CIC***!!) in the warm up we had a much more relaxed test than usual. I often forget the importance of taking my time in the dressage ring and Jenn was right there to remind me through warm up. Blazer put in an awesome test and scored a 56.3 putting us in 6th after the dressage.
This was my first trip to Jersey Fresh and from what I had heard the cross country can be difficult. After walking the course it not only proved to appear difficult but it also was very long with a long uphill stretch toward the end of the course. Saturday morning came around and the threat of thunderstorms caused for a significant temperature drop. The weather turned out to be perfect for cross country. Blazer ran around without a bobble and did exactly as I asked through everything on course. I couldn't be happier with the day and we finished with only 10 time faults and the long uphill stretch didn't take nearly as much out of him as I'd anticipated. The night he appeared sound as could be and he proved that Sunday morning passing the jog without a problem.
The weekend started out with me looking for a qualifying score to go to this summers NAJYRC. It ended up being a weekend full of laughs, a solid dressage test, confidence building cross country, and a clear show jumping round. Oh and a 6th place finish at my first CCI**! With everything lined up for Young Riders it is now up to me to keep Blazer sound, happy, and fit for July. Like anything there is always room for improvement and we'll be looking to perfect our dressage, strengthen our cross country, and maintain our solid show jumping record.
Gold Medal: $200.00 to $500.00
Until next time, stay safe and sound!