|Boyd and Trading Aces. Allie Conrad Photo|
This year’s Plantation Field International horse trials was easily the greatest we’ve had yet. We were blessed with record crowds, perfect weather and a very exciting competition. In the three-star I feel like Trading Aces put in a good performance. With our focus on preparing for the trip to Holland to compete at Boekelo, he felt strong in all three phases and finished 6th in a competitive field of rock star horses.
The cross-country course footing was spectacular, thanks to the weather and the hard work Jamie Hicks did throughout the year spreading mushroom compost on the track. By the time I went the organizers had pulled out the technical aspect of the water jump as it was proving problematic for the first half of the field. I think it was a good decision just because there were too many falls at the one fence, and obviously we’re using this event as a preparation for our fall three-days, so a confident round was of utmost importance.
|Boyd and Trading Aces through the Ruins. Allie Conrad Photo|
|Receiving the Two-Star Trophy. L-R: Cuyler Walker, Mrs. Betty Moran, Boyd Martin. Lisa Thomas Photo|
The 2* was a competitive field with over 70 horses participating; my new ride Pancho Villa put in a spectacular performance. I’m still figuring this horse out and he was good enough to win the class, mainly due to the fact we had a good lead after dressage and show jumping which allowed me to be cautious and gain a few time faults on cross-country.
Video: Pancho Stadium
Video: Boyd and Pancho Villa XC CIC2*
Steady Eddie, owned by Pierre Colin & Denise Lahey and George & Gretchen Wintersteen, ended up fourth in the two-star after a sensational cross-country; I think this is a pure 4* horse and he is starting to feel seasoned at the two-star. I’m looking forward to moving him up to advanced next year.
|Boyd and Steady Eddie. Lisa Thomas Photo|
New Cadet, owned by Anne Hennessey, is a lot greener than Pancho and Eddie at the two-star and I believe he’s a really good horse for the future, but I think it’ll take another 12 months before we really get our dressage and show jumping up to scratch.
In the one-star I rode Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin’s SBF Cortez, a 6-year-old starting his career in the sport.. He jumped well and put in a great round cross-country but was a little bit green and distracted in the dressage. I was still impressed with the little chestnut gelding and I think he’s a good horse for the future.
Caitlin had an up and down weekend: with Catch a Star she’s definitely made improvements with her show jumping. Unfortunately she was one of the early to go on cross-country and had an unlucky fall at the water. I thought Remi put in a good performance, which will lead them to a competitive start at Fair Hill in a couple of weeks. Caitlin also did a fantastic job riding Craig and Gloria Callan’s mare Welcome Shadow around the prelim horse trials.
Swedish eventers Sara Algottson-Ostholt rode Ballyneety and Niklas Lindbäck borrowed Brewster for the event. It was an absolute pleasure watching the Swedes work away with these young green horses the past couple of days. They gave them fantastic rides around the event. A big thanks to Katie and Cuyler Walker and Gretchen and George Wintersteen for allowing their horses to compete with these riders, I feel like it gave Plantation Field a true international feel.