It was fantastic to be eventing back in PA for the first time this year. I took my group of young, up and coming horses out to Plantation Field over the weekend; I rode nine, Caitlin Silliman rode three and Sarah Gumbiner rode one. It was an assortment of horses from novice right up to prelim level.
I was very excited to ride a new horse, Trading Aces, (pictured above and at top - thanks to Charish Campbell for providing photos) for the first time. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be riding one of the most exciting and classy young advanced horses in the country at the moment! I used this event to get to know “Oscar” better and give him a bit of a cross-country school and he definitely lived up to all my expectations. He just oozes class.
I’m also excited to be working with the American Eventing Owners Task Force: they are helping me finalize a syndicate agreement to attract ten new owners to partner up and get behind this horse. I think he has a fantastic future in eventing.
The other standout performance this weekend was Katie Walker’s Brewster, who finished 2nd in TH – this gelding is going from strength to strength and looking very promising. Katie and Cuyler were in full force at their home event, also cheering on their new English horse Wakefield.
I also used this event as a little bit of a recovery event for Crackerjack and Waranga W after having a spill at their last event I was very happy to see each of them travel extremely well around Denis Glaccum’s cross-country course.
I’d also like to send out my thoughts and condolences to Amy Tryon’s friends and family. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks at the training camp in 2010 at Chattahoochee Hills where I got to know Amy better. Her passing is a sad time for the eventing community.
Plantation Field Horse Trials
April 13-15, 2012
Merging, (pictured above) owned by Laurie Cameron – 6th place
Crackerjack, owned by Colin Davidson and Lucy Boynton – 7th place
Trading Aces, Owned by the Trading Aces Syndicate, LLC – 8th place
Steady Eddie, owned by Gretchen & George Wintersteen, Denise Lahey & Pierre Colin, Boyd & Silva Martin – 4th place
New Cadet, (pictured above), owned by Mrs. Anne Hennessey -- 6th place
Brewster, owned by Katie and Cuyler Walker – 2nd
Wakefield, owned by Katie and Cuyler Walker – 8th
Division A: HH Lancaster, owned by Ron & Densey Juvonen and Justina & Art Dodge -- 16th
Division B: Waranga W, (pictured below), owned by Amy Lindgren and Boyd and Silva Martin - 3rd
Bacardi, owned by Sandy Issler - 11th place
Ballyneety, owned by George and Gretchen Wintersteen -- 12th place
SBF Cortez, owned by Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin, 8th place
Polaris, owned by Great Road Farm – 2nd place