|Pam on Rio|
|Silva on Duvent|
Silva left us strict orders to "just keep the horses going" and we dutifully tried to do so. Amy and I are thankful to Devon, Silva's super working student and most wonderful apprentice, for being such a terrific minder and guide while Silva was away. Now Silva is back and despite the lack of lots of training and the terrible weather, (and the fact I was away in Japan for two weeks prior to the show), we decided to head to Virginia for Morven Park's first recognized dressage show this past weekend. We had a terrific time and happily, Melinda Walton and Larry Smith were there to cheer us on and watch their horses go: Benefactor RRS (Benny), Duvent, Constantine RRS (CeCe) and Rio Royale RRS.
|Benny and Duvent, Melinda, Devon and Silva|
|Larry and Benny|
|Amy with Silva on Cece|
This was Devon and Duvent's first time to compete as a team and what a team they were ... and what a force they will be in the future! Devon is a smooth, calm and elegant rider and Duvent, while not as calm, is equally elegant and talented. It will be exciting to see them evolve over the next few months. Despite this being their first time out, Dev got a first in blue and white in her Third level test 3 classes - both were qualifying scores!