Well the past two weeks have been quite busy, as things usually are at True Prospect Farm. Since getting back from Aiken, we've traveled to Plantation Field and Fair Hill.
I had four horses running at Plantation Field and had the pleasure of riding Jan Bynny's horse, Walstraed, in the preliminary. I was quite excited to have the oppurtunity to ride this talented grey Dutch horse and was really happy with the outcome of the weekend. Unfortunately Jan has to sell Walstraed as she isn't quite working in full force yet.
Walstraed came to the farm the day before the show, and after a jump school at TPF, we were ready for the weekend. He had a pretty nice dressage test, especially considering this was my first time riding him on the flat. After a clear show jumping round he was sitting second in a big division. On Sunday I had a nice canter around the cross-country course, and he jumped quite well and ended fifth. I think this horse will be a winner in the future.
Last weekend I rode in the Fair Hill Horse Trials, and I am excited to say that all the horses went quite well there. Cambalda won the CIC** from start to finish on his dressage score of 46, and it feels lovely to have him back. Roosevelt was sixth in the training while Ray finished second. He is a nice young horse we have for sale and would be quite suitable for an amateur or a young rider. Wild Tiger and Walkabout were both great in the preliminary, with Wild Tiger coming in third on his dressage score of 29.
On the down side, the volcanic eruption in Iceland has majorly altered plans for Badminton. Woodburn will now be running Rolex Kentucky. I am sad that I will not be traveling to England on Wednesday with Woodburn, but I look forward to seeing how he runs at Rolex along with Phillip's three others.
A busy week is ahead at TPF and I am excited to see what the week will hold for Phillip and our whole team.