Saturday, October 15, 2011
Hats off to Jan Byyny, who took the lead in the three-star. Jan has gone through a very lengthy recovery to make this comeback from her accident at Pine Top Horse Trials two years ago. It’s inspiring watching Jan’s determination and I was impressed with her no-quit attitude in getting back to this level.
Both Thomas and Bo look like they’ve come out of the cross-country well, so fingers crossed for the show jumping tomorrow.
Friday, October 14, 2011
We've had a great start to the Dansko Fair Hill International Three-Day Event in Elkton, Maryland. In the CCI2* yesterday Cold Harbor put in one of his best dressage tests to date on a 58. This is his toughest phase and has been a work in progress all year and I was pleased with the way he went. The two-star cross-country looks tough and technical, and with the heavy ground it will make sure this competition is not a dressage show. I’m expecting Manny and Dana Diemer’s horse to get out there and tackle it well.
The highlight of today was riding my old partner Ying Yang Yo, now owned by Faye and Eliza Woolf, who put in a smoking dressage test in the CCI3*. It’s been a few years since I rode Thomas at the international level and it felt like I was riding my old bike. Tomorrow’s course looks relentless, especially with all the rain they’ve had this week. I feel like I’ve got Thomas very fit but I’ll play it smart and start out slow and see how much horse I’ve got; if he feels good I’ll go for the time but if it feels like he's not at his best then I’ll give him a nice easy run.
EventingNation.com posted a video on YouTube:
Also see the USEF Press Release
At some point the Fair Hill website will have the cross-country times posted.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Remington traveled to Boekelo on a Land Rover High Performance grant and now has two international trips under his belt after finishing 7th at Pau in France last year. This may not have been his personal best weekend but he is truly a seasoned International horse now. Otis traveled to Boekelo on a USEF Developing Grant and showed that he has a great future ahead of him. Many thanks to the support from Land Rover and the USEF, and to Ron and Densey Juvonen and the other members of the Otis Syndicate.