Southern Pines was a fantastic event for the upper-level horses. The cross-country definitely tested some of my greener horses and the old faithfuls managed to dance around it unscathed. Unfortunately Crackerjack and Cold Harbor, who both moved up a level recently, misread the water jump; this was no fault of their own but a sign of their greenness at this particular level.
I chose to run Neville, Remi and Ying Yang Yo in the intermediate horse trials to give them a nice easy taste of eventing before I start running them at the Fork. Anne Hennessey’s New Cadet is improving with every start, having begun his intermediate career a couple of events ago. He’s already feeling like a seasoned campaigner. The Flying Frenchman, Otis Barbotiere showed signs of brilliance as well with a good, positive run in the advanced horse trials.
Southern Pines Live Scores
As much as we love Aiken it was wonderful to get back to the farm in Pennsylvania and be reunited with my two show cats, pictured above. They were both thrilled to see me walk through the door at midnight on Sunday.
Work back here is underway with all the young horses looking good and aiming for Plantation in a couple of weeks. The advanced horses will all aim for The Fork at the beginning of April. Looking forward, Ying Yang Yo, Remington XXV and Otis Barbotiere will be going to Rolex, with Neville Bardos, Cold Harbor, Merging and Crackerjack aiming for Jersey Fresh.
More photos coming soon - meanwhile check out the videos below