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April 18, 2011

All The Math Paid Off

Kirsten Coe worked hard to qualify for the FEI World Cup Final, showing Kilkenny Randall Z (pictured) at the HITS Desert Circuit in California and Tristan at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. Lisa Slade Photo

We went to school the horses on Saturday at the indoor ring in Moorsele, Belgium. It was a huge ring and they set a lovely course for us. It was just like being at a show. I have to say, after jumping them I feel like the horses and I are right on schedule.

Tristan feels in top form. He definitely has his own opinion about some things and can get a little excited when we go to new places, but he was all about business once he started jumping.  Our partnership is still new, but every time I ride him he gives me so much confidence.

We were driving home from Lummen today and I was thinking about how calm I feel. It was actually more stressful running around trying to get qualified for the FEI World Cup Final. I didn't start qualifying until so late in the season that it really came down to every point. My best friend, Michelle Spadone, says that I became the World Cup points "expert" because I knew everyone’s points and their drop scores.

I was making myself a nervous wreck counting points because I wanted to qualify so badly. But now with World Cup just a week away I feel excited; being here just feels like the icing on the cake!