Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Morven Dressage Update from Pam Murphy

Pam on Rio
Who goes to a dressage show over Easter weekend after a winter like the one we had in PA? January wasn't fun, February was awful and March wasn't much better. It was all you could do to just keep the horses fit. (As context, Devon Seery, Amy Heron and I were part of the 'left behinds' at Windurra while Silva, Jerusha and Jessie, and most of the show horses, went off to do the sunny Florida circuit. Thanks to Sally Lofting and Alexa for taking such good care of us while Silva was away!)

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
Silva rode Benny and CeCe, and of course, Benny was awesome and had the high point score in third level. He is perfect, willing and one of the best young dressage horses ever! Larry and Benny are soul mates and shows are always more fun when Larry comes ...

Larry and Benny
CeCe was also super and Amy, her owner, was happy with her new red, while and blue towels for CeCe's first, second and fourth placings! While Amy didn't ride at this show, she was a great help with all the horses and her cheerfulness and support were most appreciated by all.

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!


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