Simply Priceless does cross country in the CIC 3 star division (his favorite!) and Indiana Chrome (aka ‘Indy’) completes the final two phases of competition at theTraining level at the Carolina Horse Trials. Continue reading “2017 Carolina Horse Trials – Wrap Up”
It wasn’t the greatest day. 5 rails in show jumping with Johnny is a strong reminder of how humbling this sport is, and why you really need to fight if you are going to succeed.
The day also marked Corteo’s first dressage test in about two years. Needless to say, he was a little ‘exuberant.’
On to day three.
The Carolina Horse Trials began on Wednesday. After our extensive warm up routine, Johnny put in a solid performance scoring a 53.8 to finish in 33rd after dressage in the CIC Three Star division. Continue reading “2017 Carolina Horse Trials – Day 1”
On Sunday I went down to North Atlanta Equestrian with Johnny (aka ‘Simply Priceless’) to do some gallop sets as part of our training for Badminton in a month. While there, I helped my friend Rebecca Bowman with some mustangs and took my new OTTB for a spin.
Practical Joker (aka ‘PJ’) is my new Retired Racehorse Thoroughbred Makeover horse. During his racehorse career, He raced 36 times and won over 87k at the track. His tail has been eaten off and he needs some groceries, but he’s a good mover and really fun to ride. I’m super excited about this horse and look forward to seeing how he develops in the coming months.
The Rocking Horse Winter II horse trials were great experience for Indy and Emit. for Indy, it was his first competition at the Training level. For my big banana boat Emit, this was his first recognized show ever! I was so proud of him as he maintained his composure and stayed in the ring even when confronted by a scary napkin. He nickered the whole way through his Novice dressage test, which couldn’t help but make me smile.
Simply Priceless (aka Johnny) and Hwin also made it to Rocking Horse this last time around. I’m focussing of show jumping with Johnny as we prepare for Badminton at the beginning of May. This is Hwin’s last competition until the fall, and I was really with her performance.
I’m incredibly excited to have Corteo (aka Tate) back in work and ready to compete after two years of rehab. He’s healthy, fit, and ready to take the world of eventing by storm.
Behind the scenes, competition footage, and commentary from my ride with Simply Priceless (aka Johnny) at the 2017 Wellington Eventing Showcase.
First helmet cam video of the season! Simply Priceless was so good on cross country at the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase. Excellent training for our first Badminton in just a few short months. #GoJohnnyGo
Heading towards Wellington after finishing up at Rocking Horse in Ocala, Florida. Johnny did not appreciate how close the dressage arena was to the highway at Rocking Horse, and it showed in his dressage score. We’ll see how he runs at Wellington, which is a more enclosed space.
Lucky Number Seven placed second in open novice with a 25.7. Bright Water aka Teddy has come along for a field trip, and I’m going to enter him in a couple of jumper classes while in Wellington.
I’m really excited to have Corteo with me, who is coming back after an injury two years ago. I’m been taking my time with this one, as he has so much potential and I wanted to make sure is was nice and strong before returning to competition. Bringing him with me is just the first step in preparing him to cope with these types of new environments.
With snow at home at Rock Creek Farms in Jasper, GA last weekend, I escaped down to Florida to compete in the Ocala Winter I Horse Trials with Simply Priceless (aka Johnny), Bright Water (aka Teddy), and Indiana Chrome (aka Indy). In this episode, I provide some commentary on my Intermediate dressage and cross country with Johnny. We finished in 4th place in the division with a score of 37.7.
It’s a new year full of new opportunities! In this vlog, I talk about some of my plans for 2017 including international travel with Simply Priceless (aka Johnny) and the continued development of my talented mustangs, Fledge, Rune, and Hwin.