Avenue Blue & Hoffy performed well in the 3'3" A/O Hunters. Their rounds placed them 3rd, 4th & 10th.
I am extremely proud of Motto. I showed him in the 1.45m jump off class yesterday. The course was scopey with many technical questions. Certainly the most impressive track Motto has jumped. The afternoon crowd didn't disturb his focus on the jumps. He soared around answering all of the course designer's questions, until the very end. He confidently flew the big water. As we came by the in gate he thought the course was over. He lost focus briefly. The final jumps, a 1 stride pair of vertices down the hill. Motto hit A and cleared B, for a score of 4 faults. I am thrilled with his performance! Onward!
Caitlyn & Bink showed in the High Jr A/O Derby Qualifier. The course was tough with the big hedge, bank, Liverpool and water! They had a quick round, with just the skinny down. Their score qualified them for Sunday's Derby! Caitlyn & Bink placed 12th.
Hoffy and her Avenue Blue had two smooth trips in the A/O 3'3" 36 & Over. They placed 4th and 5th. Katie & Twilight jumped in the Speed Derby. It was their first Derby ever. They had a great, confident experience!
The show grounds are beautiful. The footing is excellent. The competition here is outstanding! Motto had a good round in the 1.40m Speed today. The impressive Grand Prix field didn't intimidate him. 1 rail kept us out of the ribbons. Caitlyn & Bink did well their first time on the field. In the High Jr Speed they had a great time. 4 faults put them in 10th place.
Katie is a talented rider who is hard working and dedicated. She competes in Grand Prix and had a recent win at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.
At age 13 Katie competed in her first Grand Prix and finished with a mere four faults. Four years in a row she's ridden for the Zone 7 team in the North American Junior Young Riders Championships.
We are excited to have her as part of the Market Street team!
Day 2 of my Natural Obstacle Clinic went well. Horses and riders over all were more focused and relaxed. The more advanced riders worked on subtleties and 'feeling' while performing the exercises. Trusting their horses and enjoying the galloping and jumping was something some riders commented on. Determination and getting the job done the 1st time, was a theme for a few. All handled the challenging fences quite well. I was impressed with everyone's desire to learn and grow. Lots of fun!
Today we had a full day of education at Market Street. My clinic students were receptive and eager to train over the natural fences. We worked on how to correct a refusal or run out. Balance and finding one's center became an awareness especially with the banks and horses over jumping ditches and liverpools. Knowing when the horse is truly in front of ones' legs and straight. It was a fun and enlightening day!
Congratulations to our Morgan Hoffman! Today she placed 2nd in the USEF Medal, at The Ridge. This qualifies her for the Finals in Harrisburg!!!
I loved watching the transformations of horses and riders on the second day of my natural obstacle clinic! Many of them relaxed and trusted their horses more as we reviewed exercises from day 1. Then, as we progressed, every rider experienced why an effective position is so important, from jumping up and down the 3 stride table bank or galloping down and up through the spooky grob! The riders felt how to get behind their horses and as the horses gained confidence, the riders got back to being "with" the motion. Many commented on really feeling where their legs and balance needed to be. Also, feeling their horses being truly in front of their legs. All of the horses and riders felt and learned many new things and had lots of fun! So did I!
We had another super day at HITS 6. Carly Rink and her Monte Cristo were outstanding in the Pre-Children's Hunters. Over fences, their smooth rounds earned 2nd, 8th and 2nd. They took the blue ribbon in the under saddle! In the end they won the Championship out of 30 some entries! Morgan and Charmedino placed 5th after jumping clear in the Children's Jumper Speed. DJ Rink and Wind Chime placed 7th in the Children's Hunter. Diva jumped so well in the $15,000 Grand Prix. In the jump off we took a shot, fast but 1 down. It was fun and Diva was great.
I am very proud of a couple of girls I've giving lessons to recently. They shared their successes with me. Kim Jungher, won an Adult Jumper class on her mare. She also won and placed 3rd on her hunter! Rachel Rosenthal told me how she and her horse moved up to the Level 4, here at HITS for the first time. He was brave and confident. They were 3rd twice and 4th! It's rewarding to hear that my lessons and exercises really do pay off in training and showing. Congratulations! That's fun for me!
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