Sunday Pharaoh and I headed out bright and early for the Maryland Starter Trial. It has been about four weeks since Pharaoh moved to my place after a long time of leisure. I must say I am very proud of how the day turned out. During our dressage warm up Pharaoh started out looking around and seeing what was going on but quickly focused and went to work. I was very pleased with his test and thought it was very consistent throughout. He recieved a 37.8 which I think was a bit high however that put him in second which I thought was about where he belonged. Jumping him was an absolute blast. I hadn't had a chance to do a full course with flowers and related distances before the show so I wasn't totally sure what I was getting myself into. Once he was in the ring Pharaoh went right to work and jumped every jump right down the middle without even a peak. Cross Country was even more fun, although I may need a stronger bit next time. He doesn't bat an eye at anything, he took everything right out of stride and wasn't going to take no for an answer once he set his sight on a jump.
Next up is Rubicon. Pharaoh will be going Novice again and Blazer will be back in action at Prelim!
Check out our day at Maryland - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pob13L9hzK4
Saturday, October 16, 2010
As I'm sure many of you know, I began riding with Jenn Simmons when I was 11 years old. Jenn has taught me just about everything I know in eventing. She took me through my first novice all the way until my first two star. I was working for her the summer that she got JB's Star and was lucky enough to watch Jenn move him up the levels over the years. JB was always a spunky, happy, and good hearted horse. I know that Jenn will be back smiling and laughing in no time but I also know that she will never forget JB. The two of them had the type of partnership that is irreplaceable. Watching them, it was like they could predict what the other was going to do next. JB was a difficult horse at times, one that many riders probably wouldn't have chosen but I think that's what Jenn loved about him, he was a challenge, he took patience, and boy could he jump! I know that this must be a very tough time for Jenn and I am truly sorry to see such an amazing partnership end so unfortunately. I would not be the rider that I am today without Jenn and JB would not have been the great horse that he was without Jenn.