Toughing It Out

Sep 28, 2009 - 10:00 PM

Here I sit again in the airport waiting for a flight to Vermont, where I am picking up a bigger truck to haul my huge trailer. Seems to be the only free time I have these days!

The past two weeks have been busy as Plantation Field Horse Trials and CIC were on, and we are getting ready for Fair Hill.

Plantation went really well, and Phillip won the three-star on Jan Byyny’s horse, Inmidair. I like to call him “Little Sid” because he reminds me of Jan’s other horse Syd Kent because of the way he jumps!

I have also acquired the name “Little JB,” since Jan and I have the same initials. I’m pretty cool with that!

There was a bareback high-jump competition, which was pretty cool to watch. I was seriously amazed by Niall Molloy, who is the first whip for the Cheshire Hunt. He was riding a horse named Maguire that we used to have at Phillip’s. He missed the first half of the class and rocked up to the wall when it was about 4 1/2 feet with no warm-up. I was in stiches from laughing!

Boyd had a mishap on a preliminary horse and ended up smashing his leg pretty good! He proceeded to show everyone at the barn his bruise on his leg for the next week, and it was huge. To show off the bruise, he proceeded to drop his riding pants, which was quite amusing to say the least.

It gets better though. Last night I was over at the Martins’ house for a get-together, and Boyd’s leg seemed to be getting worse. So he had Mary Griffin (who is a vet for us) get out her ultrasound machine and check out his leg. Turns out he has a hole in the muscle. She said that if he was a horse, he would be locked in a stall for a few months. But, as always, these tough Aussies push through!

Cooper and Ping are now prepping for Morven Park. I did the test ride for Plantation on Cooper, and it went quite well! He was very quiet in that electric ring that seems to set some horses off!

Hope all is well!

Enjoy the pics,

Brannigan Eventing


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