Can you believe another Aiken has come and gone? We are already back up North getting ready to tackle some big spring three-days. I am certainly happy to be back home and am looking forward to the upcoming months here at True Prospect Farm.
First off, The Fork was a great event this weekend, and we were blessed to have some amazing weather to work with for once. Cambalda ran his first intermediate back and was amazing.
This young horse has come back better than before, and I am impressed with his improvement in all three phases. I think the break, along with some help from Mark Phillips and Katie Prudent, has helped me get him going really well this spring season. He won on his dressage score of 31 and laid down the best show jumping round I have had on him. I am now riding him in a hackamore for the show jumping phase, and he seems to love the freedom of it.
This event was bittersweet, because one year ago I pulled out of The Fork’s driveway on top of the world because of Cooper. I keep waiting for the moments when I can look back and smile about the past, but I seem to not be ready for that. I miss him so much sometimes that it truly sneaks up on me, and I break down. Thanks to my good friends this weekend—when these moments happened, they were there for me. That being said, I am happy to pass along what Cooper taught me to Ping, and I look forward to what the future holds for this horse.
Walkabout was great although a little green still in the dressage. He scored a 36 and ended on it this weekend, which placed him seventh in a competitive division. He is such a bold horse! I am excited to be riding one that has so much heart and look forward to improving with him.
On an exciting note, all of Phillip’s horses went so well this weekend. I was quite impressed with how Jan Byyny’s horse Inmidair jumped. Also Truluck, who made the show jumping look like a hunter round.
I am thrilled to say that Phillip talked to me about the possibility of flying over with Woodburn to England and riding him while Phillip is at Rolex Kentucky. (Hopefully, if all goes to plan.) I honestly am very excited about it. He is an amazing horse, and it's an honor to have such an opportunity.
So with Plantation Horse Trials this weekend and Fair Hill the following, I foresee the spring flying by. Hopefully the momentum will carry on for my awesome horses and me.
It was so nice to feel back again this weekend. I was grinning ear to ear...
Eventing sure has its ups and downs!