|Caitlin and Remington XXV after winning the OI-A at Southern Pines Photo Courtesy Samantha Clark for EventingNation.com|
The upper-level Windurra Event Horses headed back north to Pennsylvania via the Southern Pines Horse Trials at the Carolina Horse Park in North Carolina last weekend. This is one of the premier events of the winter and is a real test for all the horses and riders. It was even more of a test for myself, after deciding that I needed to upgrade three of my prelim horses to their first Intermediate competition.
Once again the event was brilliant, with a new design to the cross-country course that definitely led to a flowing ride, which left a great taste in the horses’ mouths at the finish. All the horses did relatively well. I would say the highlight performance of the weekend was Caitlin winning the Intermediate on Remi and Steady Eddie running 2nd in the other Intermediate class in his debut at this level.
Trading Aces really did well in his preparation for Rolex. He jumped very well in cross-country and show jumping. Dressage showed a few moments of tension that I believe will be rectified by the time we start at The Fork in two weeks’ time.
11th - Boyd Martin and Trading Aces, owned by The Trading Aces Syndicate, LLC
21st -- Caitlin Silliman and Catch A Star
Open Intermediate A
1st -- Caitlin Silliman and Remington XXV, owned by Ron and Densey Juvonen and sponsored by Seema Sonnad
9th - Boyd and FYI, owned by Vanessa Crumpley
14th -- Boyd and Crackerjack, owned by Colin Davidson and Lucy Lie
23rd - Boyd and New Cadet, owned by Anne Hennessey
Open Intermediate B
2nd -- Boyd and Steady Eddie, owned by Gretchen & George Wintersteen, Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin and Boyd & Silva Martin