Sunday, August 26, 2012

Champagne Eventing in Michigan

Crackerjack at the Jog
 The city of Kalamazoo, MI turned out a sensational weekend of exciting eventing action at Richland Park. We made the trip with a few of the up and coming young horses who are starting to compete at the more serious end of the scale. I think it's well worth the long travel time to get to Richland as their cross-country courses offer good galloping courses that resemble three-day event tracks.

Our two younger prelim horses, Partyboy and New Cadet, showed great improvement in the dressage and cross-country but also showed their inexperience with a couple of rattly showjumpng rounds.

A new horse In training for me, Master Frisky, showed class in the intermediate division, coming second. Frisky is in training with us while we prepare him for sale and he looks to be a very, very classy horse. 

Crackerjack Showing Them How it's Done

Crackers was in devastating form this weekend, showing brilliance in all three phases against a quality field. The wild man of our team won the division wire to wire.

In the three star class, Caitlin rode Hoku and I rode Trading Aces, who put in credible performances and started to show promising signs of being very competitive at Fair Hill this year.

Hats off must go to the organizers who literally irrigated every inch of Richland Park, ensuring the place looked like a golf course during a tough Midwestern drought. Even with harsh farming conditions, we all enjoyed some of America's best corn on the cob at the BBQ on Saturday night.


Results were:

Preliminary Horse A
Paryboy, owned by Fernanda Kellogg and Nick Myers, 7th

Preliminary Horse B
New Cadet, owned by Anne Hennessey, 6th

Open Intermediate B
Master Frisky, owned by Charlotte Hogg, 2nd

CIC 2*
Crackerjack, owned by Lucy Boynton and Colin Davidson, 1st

CIC 3*
Trading Aces, owned by The Trading Aces Syndicate, 8th
Catch a Star, owned by Brad Johnson and ridden by Caitlin Silliman, 11th

1 comment:

  1. Your horses and you looked fantastic in dressage and cross country--I only got to see your stadium with Master Frisky Very nice!

    I saw New Cadet and Party Boy going Novice in Aiken I believe in February and now going Prelim here--they really are moving along and look fantatstic!

    Crackerjack is my favorite-(I am partial-Love Greys)-was beautiful in Dressage and Looked fantastic on Cross Country! I did not get a chance to see him on stadium!

    Fun to watch--all of them go!