Otis and Boyd did awesome!!! Even though I knew Otis and Boyd would have an awesome trip cross-country, I was very very nervous about today. After all, it is the Olympics! Even though I have a lot of confidence in Boyd and Otis on cross-country, to be out first is never easy. Boyd has been walking the couse probably about ten times, but riding it is another story.
Boyd took the direct route at every jump and kept the speed up right from the start. Looking back at it now it would have probably been better if Boyd would have gone a little slower at the beginning, in order to have more horse left at the end. But there was no way of knowing if it would be possible to catch up on the time later without watching anybody go around the course first.
The course was very, very hilly with lots of ups and downs. Otis jumped super well and confident and really looked like an Olympic horse out there. Unfortunately he got pretty tired towards the end and they added 3.6 time faults to their score. (Click here for results, or copy and paste http://www.london2012.com/equestrian/eventing/)
Again, we are so proud of little Otis. He is still a young horse and he tried his heart out for Boyd today!
Phillip and Whisper and Karen and Cave, (Mr.Medicott) looked amazing and only added a few time faults to their scores. Will and Twizzel had an unfortunate stop at the Leaf Pit, but the rest of their round looked really good. Tiana and Finn unfortunately had a stop at the third fence but amazingly they finished with only 5 time faults on top of the 20.
Tomorrow should be a good day . Otis ia a great showjumper and I think he will be amazing! Fingers crossed one more time please!!!!!!