I rode five horses today at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington. Minotaure du Passoir, owned by Amy Lindgren, finished his season in glorious form over the tough cross-country course in in the preliminary division here at the Virginia Horse Center. He hardly raised a bead of sweat as he galloped over the undulating terrain and tackled the numerous accuracy questions presented. This outstanding horse is leading the class on a score of 24.1.
Also in prelim, Nina Gardner's Thoroughbred/Warmblood cross Pepper had a fantastic round - he was also under the time and rocketed up the standings to eighth place.
In the intermediate, Benwald had a clear round and was one of the only horses to go under the time, so he moved up from fourth to third place. I also rode Beth Murphy's Dutch warmblood gelding Tantibes in the intermediate. He came to me for training because his rider's been having some control issues with him; he grabbed hold of the bit and took off with me on cross-country and after talking to Beth we decided he should change careers and be a show jumper.
I also rode Vidalia, another one of Nina Gardner's. He's a Dutch warmblood gelding by Contango, and he had a faultless, bold show jumping round to stand third; he'll do cross-country tomorrow, and the others will finish the event with show jumping.