We had a successful day, this Friday of WEF 12. Motto jumped clear, high and careful in the 1.30m Speed class. We led until the final few horses. In the end we earned 4th place! Grace had a great day on her 2 horses. In the Ariat Medal she placed 7th. On Sterling, in the younger Adult jump-off class, she rode the plan. Two clear rounds put them in 9th place! Caitlyn and Layla had 1 rail down in the High Jr. Power & Speed. In the Medium Jr. on Bink, she produced a clear round. With 1 rail down in the jump off, being the fastest 4 faulter, they ended up 5th.
Video of Motto from Friday's 1.30m Speed.
WEF Week 11 is over! Today Caitlyn and Bink did extremely well in the Medium Jr Classic. Their 2 clear rounds, over a demanding track, paid off with a 3rd place ribbon! Grace and her Sterling also produced a beautiful clear round in the Younger Adult Classic. They had 1 fence down in the jump off and finished just out of the ribbons!
It does feel like we've been here at WEF for some time. Mostly because of the improvements of all of our horses and riders. It is rewarding to look back over these weeks and months to recall the lessons, training and hard work everyone has put in. It has paid off with ribbons, growth, education, experience, love of the horses and the sport.
I had fun this afternoon judging the George Morris Equitation class. The 24 Junior riders qualified throughout the season to ride in it. I enjoy watching the kids in this Equitation Championship compete under pressure in the International Arena over 3 rounds. I judged with Jimmy Torano, Chris Kappler and Ralph Caristo. It was an exciting class to score. Lucy Deslauriers won it with beautiful, effective style and total composure. I believe the kids all learned from the experience of this class.
Our last day of WEF 10 was a good one! Cara and her Winner Star jumped a fabulous clear round in the Medium A/O Classic in the International Arena. They really went for it in the jump off. They had the final fence down and finished 6th out of over 100 starters! Alejandro and Zorro jumped in the Medium A/O too. Their round and time was smooth but they incurred 4 faults.
Grace and her grey Irish, Sterling, jumped a beautiful initial clear in the younger Adult Classic! They took a shot. After 1 jump fell, they placed 9th!
Morgan and Only One had a fun Children's Classic round. Only One was flying! But in the end, 4 faults kept them out of the jump off.
Photo: Morgan and Only One.
March 14, 2015
We had a busy day at the show. Alejandro and Zorro started the day off with a smooth, clear round in the International Arena, in the Medium A/O Speed. Later, Caitlyn and Layla rode exactly their plan in the Medium Jr. Speed. It was a beautiful round and placed 3rd! Grace and her Sterling had a good round in the Adult Speed and finished 14th.
All of the horses were great today. My students continue to learn at their various levels. I am pleased with all of them!
Diva went well in the International arena today. Clear in the 1.40m Speed Stake. We ended 13th. There were 130 starters! Over 100 entries the class gets split! The numbers in the classes here are amazing!
WEF week 8 ended extremely well. The last class of a very long day was the Medium Jr Classic. Caitlyn rode totally focused and executed the first rounds perfectly on both Bink and Layla. In the jump off she went for broke, leaving a stride out up the first line, the second line and the last! Bink was amazing and took the Blue ribbon! Layla jumped equally as well and clear, to place 3rd! Caitlyn had an incredible day. Bink also earned Reserve Champion!
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