Well this weekend was a good one for me at the Southern Pines Horse Trials II as well as for our whole True Prospect Farm crew. The weather was great as well as the competition. It was a good weekend for the sport too, as there were few falls, and everyone came out of the weekend looking good.
Cambalda is back in action officially, and I ran him in the preliminary this weekend. He actually won, which was nice. I was a bit nervous to jump him back into the water, since this was the first time since his fall last season. He went around like a champ though, and considering all the schooling I have received from Mark and Katie Prudent in the training sessions, Ping was more than ready to tackle his first outing back. I look forward to running him in the intermediate at the Fork, and it should be a good outing for him.
Walkabout ran his third preliminary event, and I am so pleased with how rideable he is becoming. He was amazing cross-country, and I have to say this horse is going to be a serious jumping machine. I was smiling as I came through the finish flags thinking about what this horse is capable of. He came fifth in a pretty competitive preliminary division, so I am pleased with this result. The Fork is next up for him as well, which will be another good galloping course for Will to tackle.
I am pleased to say that Roosevelt was third in a big training level division after winning the dressage for the second weekend in a row on a 29. He jumped around the challenging cross-country course like a treat, and I can tell he really is loving his new job. An unfortunate rail in the show jumping cost me the win, but he really had a great round, and I am excited to keep him for a bit and continue to further his eventing education. Beth Battel breeds some great horses, and it has been a pleasure riding for her.
I would also like to congratulate Chasing Dreams’ new owners on the purchase of him this week. He will be going off to be in training with JF Gagne while he learns the fine tunings of his new career as a show jumper, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this horse.
This week should be a good one. I pick up Oded Shimoni tonight for the training sessions this week and look forward to getting some lessons from him.
Hope everyone is well!