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Oct. 11, 2004, 08:08 AM
Since no one else has started it, guess I will. Who's in? Who's spectating? Will Lindsay be there taking pix? What are you going to buy? Which makes the best crab soup? What are you wearing to jog on Wed? Sunday?Anyone else volunteering?
The weather here is gorgeous! The leaves are starting to turn and the air is crisp. Perfect for FHI!

Oct. 11, 2004, 08:08 AM
Since no one else has started it, guess I will. Who's in? Who's spectating? Will Lindsay be there taking pix? What are you going to buy? Which makes the best crab soup? What are you wearing to jog on Wed? Sunday?Anyone else volunteering?
The weather here is gorgeous! The leaves are starting to turn and the air is crisp. Perfect for FHI!

Oct. 11, 2004, 09:26 AM
I won't be there because I am being "selfish" and going to the Lucinda Green clinic.

But Gillian and Sportsar are going, and I would be very greatful if someone could give me updates, since cell phone coverage isn't great there.

Oct. 11, 2004, 10:15 AM
I may make it up there one day to hang with everyone, we'll see what happens in the next day or so ... If I can't, hope someone keeps me UTD http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Oct. 11, 2004, 11:28 AM
I am going to miss it this year http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif I'll be in RI at my big brother's engagement party. Even though it will be a fun time, I'm so sad I won't be able to groom for Sal this time. What a bummer!

Oct. 11, 2004, 11:33 AM
Emstah, do you normally make it to the events with Sal? Where you at Morven or Radnor? I was there at both, helping Sally S at Morven!

Oct. 11, 2004, 12:10 PM
Our boy is entered, and we went shopping for jog outfits yesterday. Fingers crossed for good weather, safe shipping, good courses, and happy and safe horses and riders come Sunday evening. All prayers and good thoughts welcome and appreciated!

Oct. 11, 2004, 12:50 PM
GS -- best wishes that everything goes smoothly for you guys and that everyone is safe and sound on Sunday.

If you are able to, would you snap some extra pics at the jogs? I have a real interest in checking out what at least one other competitor decided to wear http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Fingers crossed for the rest of the week,


Oct. 11, 2004, 12:54 PM
I'll be there, helping Jenna Schildmier with Obie (Tumble Dry).

Oct. 11, 2004, 01:50 PM
I'll be there! Not sure on what days yet! Need to take a closer look at the times of everything.

BTW... I still want to volunteer, I got a call, but stupid me never realized it was this week! And was so swamped last week, I couldn't call at a decent hour. Am I too late?

Oct. 11, 2004, 02:06 PM
M- CALL them back! It's probably not too late. Even though they are doing short format, it takes an army of volunteers to pull it off. Hope to see you there!

Oct. 11, 2004, 03:16 PM
could someone please keep me updated on how ralph hill is doing? thanks in advance!stacey

Oct. 11, 2004, 04:28 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I can't go this year!!! I have to do the good daughter thing and go home for my mom's suprise b-day party, so no cross country, no shopping, and NO CRAB BISQUE!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif Oh well...I guess I have to put family first, sometimes http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Hope everyone has safe rides and sound horses!!!

Oct. 12, 2004, 07:28 AM
I'll be jump judging instead of spectating for the first time.
hoping it won't rain!!

Oct. 12, 2004, 07:47 AM
A tentative draw order is up on the Fair Hill website.

Oct. 12, 2004, 10:04 AM
Does everyone have their Bit of Britain 5% off coupon ready?

Oct. 12, 2004, 06:19 PM
Bailey Grey Horse, please print me out an extra Bit of Britain coupon, my computer is on its last legs and looking for euthanasia - can't get it to print. I will be area steward as last year, very exciting post -- but we get to see every horse and rider and are occasionally of service! My briefing is at 8:15 at Ed Walls building on fairgrounds. Hope to walk the trade fair afterwards and get done in time to get to work! Bailey, where will you be since it's not a three day this time? Perhaps we can meet up on course, as I will have a radio or at the B of B tent afterwards at a certain time, or at the radio turn-in.

Oct. 12, 2004, 06:40 PM
Retread- I'll print them out at work tomorrow. Friday, I'm doing bit check in the morning and probably stabling office in the afternoon. Saturday, MrBGH and I are jump judging. Our briefing is 7:30 in Ed Walls. Sunday, I'm in stabling in the afternoon again. Busy weekend, but I love it. If you're working Saturday, sounds like we'll cross paths at the briefing.

Oct. 12, 2004, 07:01 PM
I'll be there. I hope it's sunny seeing as that's how my camera works best. I'll hopefully have internet access and can post somethings. Stupid question here, but do they have jogs at a CIC?

Oct. 12, 2004, 07:09 PM
See you at briefing! You are Volunteer Extraordinaire! Holly

Oct. 12, 2004, 07:10 PM
Jogs are 2pm Wed and 8:30am on Sunday. I wish I could sneak out of work early tomorrow. We have some stupid meeting and I'm sure it won't be quick. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

Oct. 13, 2004, 07:57 AM
Hey, can someone PT me the number to who to talk to about volunteering? My roomie seems to have thrown out the paper with the numbers on it http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Oct. 13, 2004, 08:14 AM
M- PT sent! Hope to see you there!

Oct. 13, 2004, 08:16 AM
I'll be there on Saturday. I can't wait.
No volunteering for me. Too many horses to ride and take care of. I keep getting more people sending sales horses in which is great but I have no time to do anything else http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

Oct. 13, 2004, 08:23 AM
Will someone please let me know how Sporstcar does inthe jog?


Oct. 13, 2004, 09:04 AM
I am not there BUT my husband is up there coaching and will be checking in frequently. I will update as I can - between the 12 horses a day I have to ride while he is gone!
If you want to know about anyone in particular let me know and I will ask him to report in on them.

Oct. 13, 2004, 09:28 AM
sfir -- you have a pt! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Oct. 13, 2004, 10:07 AM
My sister is there grooming. She passed on a little news. I guess Abigail Lufkin, broke her shoulder on Tuesday, but is still considering riding. And she also ran a marathon this past weekend. Wow, She is tough.

Oct. 13, 2004, 10:10 AM
KateDB- I always help Sally Cousins out when I can, and yeah, I was at Radnor. What a beautiful weekend, eh?! I'm so bummed I'm going to miss FHI. I'll have to escape from the party a few times this weekend to see what the latest is! Just won't be the same though...

Oct. 13, 2004, 02:41 PM
I also didn't realize it was THIS week. Don't know where my brain is lately.

I would love updates on both Jenna Schildmier and Cathy Weischhoff if anyone can.

Good luck to all!!

Oct. 13, 2004, 03:13 PM
updates please on Allison Springer and the fabulous Presto!

Oct. 14, 2004, 06:29 AM
The ride times (http://www.fairhillinternational.com/international/ridertimes.htm) are up. I didn't get to see any of the jog because I had to stay at work for a dumb meeting. Anyway, I heard two horses didn't pass. Anyone have the scoop on this? I'm off to buy a rain suit after work. Tomorrow looks totally miserable. Good news for Saturday though, no rain and a light wind. They ran the groomer-machine (aggregator?) on the XC course earlier in the week. That machine is a miracle worker. It will allow the water to drain into the soil and not get as slick. It also helps if the footing is too hard, which it was last weekend. Should be good by the weekend.

Oct. 14, 2004, 06:46 AM
Out of the 67 horses, 3 were held for reinspection. Sally Cousins' The Mistress II passed, while Peter Barry's Devon and Ashley Johnson's Alley Cat Two did not pass upon reinspection.

Oct. 14, 2004, 08:14 AM
Ooooohhhhh http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif I was so looking forward to following Peter & Devon. He is such a nice person and I lurve Devon. I hope he's okay. I know it's bitterly disappointing for them & all their connections... http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

Oct. 14, 2004, 08:26 AM
I'll be there volunteering on Saturday. Am really excited!!!! I've only volunteered at HTs never anything like this, so I'm looking forward to learning a lot.

Best wishes to all!

Oct. 14, 2004, 08:50 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> The ride times are up. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> I tried that. I am still getting 2003 times. Even with reload.

Oct. 14, 2004, 09:02 AM
Ok, I'm going to try this and see if it works . . .

Ride Time Number Horse Rider Rider Nationality
09:00 AM 1 Connaught Phillip Dutton AUS
09:08 AM 2 Troy Sarah Cousins USA
09:16 AM 4 Riverdance Lellie Ward USA
09:24 AM 5 Ides of March Mary Grantham USA
09:32 AM 6 Mackinac Sara Davis USA
09:40 AM 7 Salute The Truth Steuart Pittman USA
09:48 AM 9 Kiltartan Molly Hooper USA
09:56 AM 10 Reprint Ralph L. Hill USA
10:50 AM 11 Rampant Lion Wendy Lewis USA
10:58 AM 12 The Quietman Sarah Hansel USA
11:06 AM 13 Macy Susanne Andreotti USA
11:14 AM 15 McTwist Teresa Korol USA
11:22 AM 16 Private Treaty Bruce (Buck) Davidson Jr. USA
11:30 AM 18 Belair Ann Glaus USA
11:38 AM 19 Gryffindor Kristin Bachman USA
11:46 AM 20 Decordova Mark Weissbecker USA
01:00 PM 21 Bucephalas Andrew Temkin USA
01:08 PM 22 Dollar Spot Rebecca Diesinger USA
01:16 PM 23 Sambucca Suzy Pettman CAN
01:24 PM 24 Eliot III Robin Bass USA
01:32 PM 25 Grand Slam Karen O'Connor USA
01:40 PM 26 El Primero Sara N. Mittleider USA
01:48 PM 28 Let it Rain Cricket Worthen USA
01:56 PM 29 Dillinger Skyeler Icke USA
02:50 PM 31 The Mistress II Sarah Cousins USA
02:58 PM 32 Willow Sandra Donnelly CAN
03:06 PM 33 SS Jett Michael Pollard USA
03:14 PM 35 Clifton Say What Donna Smith NZL
03:22 PM 37 Second Hope William S. Coleman USA
03:30 PM 39 Mystry Man II Clarissa Wilmerding USA
03:38 PM 40 Amazing Odyssey Phillip Dutton AUS
03:46 PM 43 Stonehenge Stephen Bradley USA
03:54 PM 45 Gibson Kyle Carter CAN
Ride Time Number Horse Rider Rider Nationality
09:00 AM 47 Urban Legend Adrienne Iorio-Borden USA
09:08 AM 48 Platinum Amy Barrington USA
09:16 AM 49 Arrow Graeme Thom CAN
09:24 AM 50 Dunraths Alto Lauren O'Brien USA
09:32 AM 51 Dexter Wong Sara Davis USA
09:40 AM 52 Majestic Bear Susie Beale GBR
09:48 AM 53 San Salvador Darren Chiacchia USA
09:56 AM 54 Kipling Lauren Whitlock USA
10:50 AM 55 Bad Boy Billy Ralph L. Hill USA
10:58 AM 56 Hill Street Erin Spohr USA
11:06 AM 57 Eight Saint James Place Laine Ashker USA
11:14 AM 58 Tumble Dry Jenna Schildmier USA
11:22 AM 59 Taylor Made Ashley Minion CAN
11:30 AM 60 Presto Allison Springer USA
11:38 AM 61 Idalgo Bruce (Buck) Davidson Jr. USA
11:46 AM 62 Cavaldi Kristin Schmolze USA
01:00 PM 63 Windswept Penny Rowland CAN
01:08 PM 64 Falcon Flight Clark Montgomery USA
01:16 PM 65 Swayne Mark Weissbecker USA
01:24 PM 67 Wild Frontier Will Faudree USA
01:32 PM 68 Freetown Imtiaz Anees IND
01:40 PM 69 Just A Diplomat Denise Rath USA
01:48 PM 70 Joker's Wild Karen O'Connor USA
01:56 PM 71 Damien Holly Hepp USA
02:50 PM 73 Fleeceworks Blackout Stuart Black CAN
02:58 PM 74 Ocotillo Cathy Wieschhoff USA
03:06 PM 75 Royal Venture Kim Severson USA
03:14 PM 77 Sportscar Gillian Clissold GBR
03:22 PM 78 My Beau Amy Tryon USA
03:30 PM 79 Dobbin Corinne Ashton USA
03:38 PM 80 The Foreman Phillip Dutton AUS
03:46 PM 81 Buzzby Sarah Cousins USA

Oct. 14, 2004, 09:25 AM

Oct. 14, 2004, 12:49 PM
Does anyone have any info on dressage scores so far. We'll be working as area stewards - don't know where yet.

Oct. 14, 2004, 01:40 PM
I'm heading over there shortly to look at scores. I won't be back to post until after 7 though. Maybe someone will post before I do.

Oct. 14, 2004, 02:03 PM
so far this is what I know- and this may have changed
1st Phillip Dutton and Connaught
2nd Michael Pollard and SS Jett
in top 8 or so
Karen and Grand Slam approx 50.0
Sally and The Mistress II 51.0 (yeah!!!)
Suzy and Sambucca 54.2
Buck in top 5 on his first ride
Ralph and Reprint warmed up great but he got tense in the ring and fell apart and is on a 70 something
Robin Bass and Elliot 70 something
Cricket Worthen 70 something
sorry - that's all I know for now.

Oct. 14, 2004, 02:22 PM
SFI - is Reprint that georgeous bay that your husband coached Ralph on for dressage at Poplar?

Good for Sally Cousins - I always liked that mare!!

Oct. 14, 2004, 04:01 PM
Does the dressage start at 9am or 8am on Friday? I could have sworn it said 8am on the website...

Oct. 14, 2004, 04:37 PM
Good girl Roxanne!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I can't believe I'm missing out on this weekend. Blah

Oct. 14, 2004, 05:30 PM
FlightCheck, Reprint is a grey. Not sure who the bay was.

Oct. 14, 2004, 05:53 PM
Hi Flightcheck,
The bay is Bad Boy Billy and he is going tomorrow. He has been getting better and better (dressage score of 29 in the advanced at Poplar with a 10 on his flying change!). He is much more reliable in the ring than Reprint so hopes are high if I did not jinx him by just saying that.

Oct. 14, 2004, 06:18 PM
Here you go guys! I'm not taking responsibility for any mistakes due to my aging eyes. Sorry it took so long. Issues at the barn, but that's another thread.

Number Horse Rider Dressage Score
1 Connaught Phillip Dutton 49.4
2 Troy Sarah Cousins 75.6
4 Riverdance Lellie Ward 63.6
5 Ides of March Mary Grantham 57.4
6 Mackinac Sara Davis 59.2
7 Salute The Truth Steuart Pittman 82.2
9 Kiltartan Molly Hooper 57.0
10 Reprint Ralph L. Hill 79.4
11 Rampant Lion Wendy Lewis 70.0
12 The Quietman Sarah Hansel 67.4
13 Macy Susanne Andreotti 73.6
15 McTwist Teresa Korol 76.4
16 Private Treaty Bruce (Buck) Davidson Jr. 54.8
18 Belair Ann Glaus 60.8
19 Gryffindor Kristin Bachman 55.0
20 Decordova Mark Weissbecker 52.2
21 Bucephalas Andrew Temkin 67.6
22 Dollar Spot Rebecca Diesinger 68.6
23 Sambucca Suzy Pettman 54.8
24 Eliot III Robin Bass 78.2
25 Grand Slam Karen O'Connor 50.2
26 El Primero Sara N. Mittleider 57.4
28 Let it Rain Cricket Worthen 75.4
29 Dillinger Skyeler Icke 64.6
31 The Mistress II Sarah Cousins 51.2
32 Willow Sandra Donnelly 80.0
33 SS Jett Michael Pollard 50.0
35 Clifton Say What Donna Smith 57.4
37 Second Hope William S. Coleman 51.8
39 Mystry Man II Clarissa Wilmerding 62.2
40 Amazing Odyssey Phillip Dutton 59.2
43 Stonehenge Stephen Bradley 54.0
45 Gibson Kyle Carter 66.8

Oct. 15, 2004, 09:56 AM
Ralph Hill and Bad Boy Billy put in a great test for a 53.0
Phillip was still in lead on 49 until Buck just posted a 43 on Idalgo.
Darren was in low 50's on his ride today.
That's all I can remember right now.

Oct. 15, 2004, 10:10 AM
Idalgo - what a nice horse.... Any news on Allison Springer?

Oct. 15, 2004, 10:27 AM
Just looked at the current results on the FHI web site and Alison is sitting in 20th place with a 58.6. They are doing a nice job getting current results up.

Oct. 15, 2004, 10:50 AM
WOW, i just assumed they weren't that high tech! oops... http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Oct. 15, 2004, 10:54 AM
Hi everyone! I'm back from the morning session of dressage. All I can say is, WOW, what a ride for Buck!!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif Beautiful! Here are the scores.
Number Horse Rider Score
47 Urban Legend Adrienne Iorio-Borden 59.4
48 Platinum Amy Barrington 61.6
49 Arrow Graeme Thom 60.2
50 Dunraths Alto Lauren O'Brien 49.4
51 Dexter Wong Sara Davis 60.2
52 Majestic Bear Susie Beale 67.8
53 San Salvador Darren Chiacchia 52.0
54 Kipling Lauren Whitlock 65.0
55 Bad Boy Billy Ralph L. Hill 53.0
56 Hill Street Erin Spohr 58.8
57 Eight Saint James Place Laine Ashker 59.4
58 Tumble Dry Jenna Schildmier 64.4
59 Taylor Made Ashley Minion 54.4
60 Presto Allison Springer 58.6
61 Idalgo Bruce (Buck) Davidson Jr. 43.8
62 Cavaldi Kristin Schmolze 61.0
I'll be back with the afternoon's scores. So far, the rain is holding off and I heard that the XC course is in great shape! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Oct. 15, 2004, 11:36 AM
I just got back from there as well, nothing new to report, though. Everyone beat me to it!

I am going to be there all day tomorrow for XC though! (jump judging! yay!)

Did anyone else think the vendors were lacking this year?

Oct. 15, 2004, 03:01 PM
Can someone please confirm if these directions are correct - for jump judges tomorrow?

Gretchen said that we are supposed to meet at the site where the regular FH HTs are held. Got these directions off the site.

Anyway, just want to try not to get lost and end up late to the meeting.

Thanks for any help!

Here are the directions I have:

From South: I-95 North to Exit 100, Route 272 North. Follow Route 272 North for 5 miles to Route 273. Turn right on Route 273 East and continue for 6 miles. Go through Routes 213/273 intersection at Fair Hill Inn and enter the Fair Hill Grounds at Entrance 2.

Oct. 15, 2004, 03:11 PM
Flyingchange- Your directions are good. If you miss Entrance 2, go on to Entrance 3. It's actually closer to Ed Walls Building. Dress warmly; it's supposed to get chilly overnight.
Mistyjewel- I was very bummed about the vendors this year. Where's the Thornhill people? They always had the best sale stuff. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif
I did the Nunn Finer course walk (in the rain) with Wendy Lewis. I highly recommend these course walks if you really want the inside scoop. She was GREAT! I learned so much that will help me even at BN. If you see John Nunn, thank him for sponsoring these course walks. I know I will. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif
Off to dinner and to dry out my shoes. See all you fence judges bright and early.

Oct. 15, 2004, 05:43 PM
Ok, so I'm not lost tomorrow as it looks like I'll be able to sneak away, we are going to the entrance of the regular FH HT, right ? If not, please let me know how I go about getting there ... Plan on getting there right about the start of x-country, where is a good place to observe ? Would love to meet other BB'ers, just not sure how long I will be there ...

Oct. 15, 2004, 05:57 PM
Last I heard...#1 Kim #2 Amy #3 Buck #4 Phillip. Gillian and Sport and Holly and Damien didn't fare as well (darn).

Oct. 15, 2004, 06:11 PM
LuvTheDutch- NO! The International uses the site on Gallaher Rd, not the regular HT site. Which way are you coming from?
Good spectator fences are 5-6,10-12,15-16,17,22(but it's a long walk). Check out the interactive Course Map (http://www.fairhillinternational.com/international/map/coursemap.htm).

Oct. 15, 2004, 06:45 PM
Thanks Baileygreyhorse!

Oct. 15, 2004, 07:01 PM
Anyone know if BoB was in the trade fair? I have been meaning to buy new studs...and that is the only place with a good selection.

Oct. 15, 2004, 07:42 PM
Does anyone know the timetable for tomorrow? I saw that on the COTH coverage that the first person starts at 10am and the last at 3:20. I guess they could take that much time if they run at 5 minute intervals. I expected them to go at 3 minute intervals and thought it would take about 3 hours. I'm trying to decide if it's worth the drive.

Anyone remember the year they had so few entries that they went at 10 minute intervals, there was only one horse on course at a time, and Roger Haller followed each horse around the course in his truck?

Oct. 15, 2004, 08:18 PM
Eventer Allie, I think BoB has coupons on their site that you can print out for discounts, so I assume they are there.
Bailey, thanks for the pointer -- I was not entirely sure where the jumpjudges are meeting, either.
I guess I'll see you in the AM!

Oct. 15, 2004, 09:42 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by free:
Last I heard...#1 Kim #2 Amy #3 Buck #4 Phillip. Gillian and Sport and Holly and Damien didn't do fare as well (darn). <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> Actually, Sport's score improved by 10 points over last year's score, so Gillian is moderately pleased.

Oct. 16, 2004, 04:58 AM
My bad, lol ... Teaches me to not look at the directions on the site ... Off to feed my critters, pick up my friend, and head up there ... See ya all later http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

~!~ Ten ~!~

Oct. 16, 2004, 10:07 AM
Janet...on another site I mentioned that Sport's dressage is steadily improving. I just want SO MUCH to see her in FIRST PLACE sometime. I think that rascally little mare could do anything she darn well wants to.

Oct. 16, 2004, 11:09 AM
Report from Sis who is there. Phillip on Connaught retired after a few stops. Mike Pollard withdrew before starting xc due to suspicious looking suspensory. Karen had one run out on Grand Slam. The ground is holding and tiring due to all the rain. She reported numerous run outs and horses tiring. Time seems hard to make... all I know for now.

Oct. 16, 2004, 01:00 PM
Just got another update, unfortunatly there is a hold on course for Alison Springer and Spot. Sounds like horse and rider fine, but they had to extricate Spot from a ditch. Glad they are both in one piece.

Oct. 16, 2004, 01:02 PM
any news on ralph hill and his two horses? hope allison and presto are ok.

Oct. 16, 2004, 01:39 PM
Reprint had 5 refusals on course and was eliminated. Ralph said he felt terrible. Billy was excellent and jumped clean with some time. He started off a little slow to see where he was in the footing, but said it felt easy for him so he added some speed later on. He was REALLY happy with Billy.

Oct. 16, 2004, 02:16 PM
Preliminary repots said Spot was fine... I was on a radio, but who knows until he's checked out. I guess he got cast in the ditch, and couldn't get him out without tranqing him first.

When I left, it looked like Kim was still going to win, and Stewart Black was in 2nd, though that may have changed depending on how Amy did.

Will Faudree had to be taken to the hospital, he fell, and his nose was bleeding. I believe he got up on his own, and this was more of a percaution then anything else. I have no idea what happened with his horse. Which is a shame, since until then, they were doing really well on time, and clean to that point, and it was in the 20s that it happened.

Overall, I was amazed that no one went double clear.

I also couldn't believe how some horses acted in the start box. Being right near there, I watched all the antics. One of Phillip Dutton's horses almost flipped over on him! (maybe my horse could be an upper level eventer overall, lol) But once they get going, they are all business. I had just never watched the start box with much intrest before.

Oh, and Buck's horse, Ildago, scratched. I guess he had a bump on his leg, and they decided to play it safe.

That's all I can think of for now. I'll probably be up there for some stadium tomorrow.

Oh yeah, one more thing, when I left, I think Gillian was doing really well on XC. She was clear last I heard, but no idea on time. Since I left before she finished, she could have still had somehting happen in the last few fences.

Oct. 16, 2004, 02:18 PM
oh, and one more thing, lol. Ralph had 4 refusals, not 5, I think. They changed it to now 4 overall being cause for elimination.

Oct. 16, 2004, 02:36 PM
I just luuvvvvv Bad Boy Billy.

When did they change the elimination rule to 4 instead of 5??????

Oct. 16, 2004, 02:37 PM
I was there and the 2nd horse I saw on course was Buck's first ride ... I got to see Karen go and was standing right there on Grand Slam's run out ... It was a ground error, he slipped a little landing on 27B and 27C was a very NARROW obsticle. He took out the left flag, came back around (without much help from the crowd) and jumped cleanily over it. If it hadn't been for that slip. I know while I was there I heard 2 horses were down on course, one @ fence 3 and one around fence 9 ... One rider pulled up @ 25, the vets looked the horse over, and the rider led her mount away and back to stableing... Sorry I don't have names to go with horses down, I was trying to get pics and couldn't of written down anything ... Phillip went off with his first ride and I think that ride went fine and I didn't hear the finish of Stephen's ride. One of the riders from Canada who was competing at her first CCI *** went clean and within the time if I recall. When we were walking back to our car (I had to leave early to get my niece back for a birthday party), a horse was being trailered back to stabling by the ambulance and the rider was in the trailer with it.

My first time @ FHI and I was ready to stay there all day ... I left around 12:45 but was on course for a good 2 hours, watched the sunkin road, walked up to the hammock (24 I think), and than back down to 17 and 18A/B. From that point I could see 15, 16, 17, 18 A/B, and 27 A/B/C (but if I walked over to 27, I could see 26 ... Hopefully next year I will be there all day and be able to meet some fellow COTH'ers ... Will get my pics put on a disk and will post on my webshots or email for anyone interested, just give me a few days. I have a pic of the hammock but I was a little earlier, I have a pic of 26 but didn't zoom in in order to get Buck over 27 A (not a good pic but a cool fence), and the rest of my pics were mainly of the corner @ 18B, with a few of 18A & B with A being a little far out ... Look forward to reading about the rest of the day into tomorrow ... Will let u guys know when the pics are ready ...

~!~ Ten ~!~

Oct. 16, 2004, 02:47 PM
Oh yeah, one more thing ... We were standing under a tree @ 27 combination and my friend made the comment that she hoped one of those big green ball things don't fall on our heads ... Next thing we knew, the wind started to blow and a whole crap load fell out of the tree, we ducked, just narrowly avoided getting hit, and were turning to walk a little ways up to get out of the way of the jump judge when one blew and nailed a poor little girl on top of her head. My back was turned and I heard it. I felt so bad for her.

By the way, what are those damn green things anyhows?

~!~ Ten ~!~

Oct. 16, 2004, 03:44 PM
I witnessed Mark's fall at fence 9 (seems that fence caused alot of issues!), and also Will's fall. Seems I was in the right place at the right time (I saw David's fall at the same place last year). Will's horse just didn't pick up his feet over the table and landed wrong. I'll post a picture later. Will got up and seemed a little shaken, but Darren was there to help him through it. I heard about Allison's fall and it took forever to get him out. Hope he's alright.

Also, what is up with the rest of the entries listed in the program? I counted at least a dozen that were not seen at all, not even on dressage days. Anyone know why some were not running?

Oct. 16, 2004, 05:31 PM
Whew! Back from a long and dirty day. I was at fence #18, the corners below the bank. MrBGH and I, along with the area stewards, spent the whole day doing the "divit dance" and putting the flags back up. Twice we had to rebuild the flag. What an interesting fence to watch all day. Saw some good rides, some scary rides and some truly gracious horses that kept going in spite of the footing. We probably added 4 tractor buckets of footing during the course of the day. I'm *so* glad I wasn't at fence 9. They had trouble there all day. We had some run outs, but no one got hurt or fell. I helped a little with setting stadium and it looks very nice. Anyone going to be there for the jog? I think I'll go over and watch a little before going to help in stabling.

Oct. 16, 2004, 05:32 PM
I was able to see 21 and 22 abc in the back. Ralph looked awesome on that Billy horse, just fabulous. What a rider and the horse was super. He went the fast way and got 3 over the corner in 22. Amy Tryon took the long route, she came long to the coop on the hill, was disorganized down the landing side across the bridge, got it together for the upbank but wisely didn't even present to the big corner and did the turning jump. Will Faudree didn't showjump the coop in my opinion as he should have, the horse really wacked stifles on it and struggled the line. He looked a bit spent. The chestnut stallion really was making noise by the time he was over by us and also hit front and back on the coop. Kim Severson got the big corner in 2 strides and Gillian also went bombing down the hill and tearing into the bank and got two strides also but boy is that scary to watch on that little mare. Karen, Ralph, Phillip all rode the line so softly the horses came back without fighting and slopping about, Ralph saw his distance about 200 feet out with both horses. It's an education to watch him ride! The hold on course was 45 minutes to extricate Allison's horse. But I am told all is well. The footing held up well in some places, not in others that are traditionally wet anyhow. Most of the jump facings had stonedust improvement. Oh and the India representative was really blasting around; he looked a bit scared but did get thru the 21-22 jump. Somebody angled to the left on the corner (it's hugely wide to the left) and the poor horse dragged and grabbed his hind heels, that had to hurt but didn't tip over somehow. I can't remember who. They probably think they did great, wait till they see the video, it's scary. That's all I remember right now.

Oct. 16, 2004, 05:36 PM
Got a voice message from Gillian. They got around clear, with 14 time penalties. Gillian said the ground was very "holding", so she slowed down in the muddy spots.

She moved upp from 39th to 13th.

Fingers crossed for the jog and stadium!

Oct. 16, 2004, 05:42 PM
Wasn't there, but got an update via phone:

Phillip was the only one to make the time, but Kim's lead in dressage was big enough that she stayed in first. Phillip is second, Stuart is third (only 2 seconds over the time!), and Amy is fourth.

I was told that Presto stopped, slid into the ditch (in more or less slow motion, nothing dramatic or scary), but then got cast in there. The hold was to extract him safely, but the fall was much less scary than it sounded at first. Two other riders fell at that fence -- Kyle Carter (who fell at the same fence a few years ago, on a different horse) and Mark Weissbecker. Both are ok. --Jess

Oct. 16, 2004, 07:02 PM
Janet that is great news about Gillian and Sport! Gillian trained me at AEC and watching her and Sport XC is such an amazing sight. They are truely a wonderful pair, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the jog and stadium tomorrow!!!

Oct. 16, 2004, 07:34 PM
Anyone have news on Allison's horse and/or Will? I'm hearing that they have some bad injuries...

Oct. 16, 2004, 07:52 PM
I don't know anything for sure.

I think Will will be fine--he broke his nose, quite badly, I'm told, but it's "only" a broken nose. Not fun, but he should recover. He was trasnported to the hospital, but the press tent folks expected him to be released early this evening (I did not hear about the broken nose from them, but from someone standing at the fence).

I don't know about Presto. I/we saw the tail end of the fall, and to be honest, from my angle, it looked bad. I was praying with all of my strength that he will be OK. All I know for a fact is that he was transported to New Bolton. I hope he's fine and up and around. But that's all I know. Allison is apparently fine.

Fingers crossed for everybody.

Oct. 16, 2004, 08:47 PM
Fingers crossed from here for Presto -- hope to hear soon if he's ok.

Anyone else having trouble with the results page on the FHI website? Now I can't get it to load at all.

Thanks for the reports, guys. It really helps to hear from those of you that were there -- Go Ralph and Billy -- anyone know what place they ended up today?


Oct. 16, 2004, 08:56 PM
BIG jingles for Spot and Alison and all the other horses/riders! GotSpots, hope you are doing OK, too!

Oct. 16, 2004, 09:44 PM
I'm also hoping Presto is okay.

I happened to watch that jump as Presto fell into the ditch. It was very scary (did he knock himself unconscious...he wasn't moving once he slid into there) but I was glad to see Allison jump up quickly herself (she was rolled off to one side and instantly got back over to her horse). She looked exceedingly concerned while he was being extracted from the jump, but not distraught so I took that as a good sign since that would indicate to me that she was being told positive outlooks on his condition at that present time. Presto was manoeuvered onto the trailer, and since I could see that his legs were pulled on to get him uncast and that his head was also pulled on at one point (to encourage him to stand up) I also took that as a hopefull sign that neither legs nor spine/neck was broken.

*jingles* to Presto


Oct. 16, 2004, 11:48 PM
Jingles for Spot, Alison and GotSpots... hope my info is wrong - my friend who is grooming there told me Presto had broken his back and/or hip!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Hoping, please, please, p.l.e.a.s.e... that this info is wrong!

Oct. 17, 2004, 06:56 AM
I was on course all day. Stopped to watch all the fences.
Happened to be at fence 9 as kyle carter fell. His horse looked real bad. He was on three legs. He was trying to walk but couldn't. It looked like his left stifle was banged up but I don't know how bad it was. They took him away in the trailer. Kyle was up and walking but he too looked pretty banged up.
I was walking that way when allision's horse fell. Didn't see it happened but I really hope that horse was okay. They put him on boards and pulled him on the trailer. I think they tranqued him so much that he couldn't stand but they were worried about him hurting himself as they tried to get him out of the ditch.
A lot of refusals on fence 18 combo. Also fence 20 which was the aqueducts. Some riders chose to ride a straight line which didn't work out that well for some of them.
Holly did you notice that a lot of the horses looked tired by that part of the course? I though that was unusual. I don't remember them looking so spent in the years before.
Saw some excellent riding and some scary riding. I am glad I have no ambition to ever jump fences that high. Fence 9 was the scariest fence on course in my opinion. It doesn't have a lot of margin for error. There is a 4 ft ditch in front which is semi-shallow and a 4ft steeplechase jump in the back of it but it has rails going through it. IF you get the wrong spot it is not good. I had to close my eyes just watching some of the people going through it!
I also though the combo at 18 was hard to ride. Saw a lot of refusals there. Mostly people who couldn't get their horses ogranized before the tight corner. Bailey..I bet you must have put that flag up many times! I watched it get rebuilt about 10 times just when I was watching.
Overall, it was a great day. Lots of gorgeous horses. I stood and watched warmup a lot just to learn how the pro's do it. Those horses are quite hard to ride. I saw Phillips horse almost rear up straight over. Someone elses' horse almost bucked them off. Now I won't feel so bad when my horse does his antics in warmup!

Oct. 17, 2004, 07:14 AM
oh my, i really hope presto is ok. i saw him when he was just starting out with jim graham, he is a really cool horse. hope allison is ok too. seems like there were alot of trouble spots on course. also hoping that kyle carter is doing well along with his horse. keeping my fingers crossed for ralph and bad boy billy today in the jog and stadium.
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Oct. 17, 2004, 08:12 AM
I was there all day (obviously - jump judging). Saw some inspirational riding. All the horses were awesome.

Will Coleman and Second Hope were AWESOME. I'd never seen him go before and man I was impressed. He was very light and correct - very focussed and that horse was totally in tune to him.

I had never seen Gillian and Sportscar either, and my god, they were so awesomely awesome!!! Gillian and she also seem very in tune - both agreed on the correct take off for my fence and SC kicked her back legs up coming down - show jumping style. Gillian congratulated her with the sweetest "Good Girl!" over it. She was one of the last to go (and therefore had some of the most unkind footing), but that didn't appear to be bothering them.

Most professional ride - that's a tie between Philip with The Foreman and Karen with both horses- Grand Slam/Joker's Wild. They were both "on." Loved Philip's approach - no big tugs in front, but a few "hos" and balancing, and perfect jumps.

I got to take a break and went up to Wayne's Walls for a while and saw Bad Boy Billy and Ralph Hill. Watching them makes you remember why you are involved in this sport. That horse seems to be totally full of himself. The name seems perfect for him. He was all "OK, that was COOL, where's the next one!!!!"

Stewart Black flew around - barely left any divets at my jump.

Saw one horse that seemed very tired by the time he got to my fence, and was the only one that I saw the rider use the whip on over it. I kind of thought he shouldn't have been out. He ended up having several refusals. I sort of felt sorry for him (the horse) b/c he seemed from the look on his face like he was not enjoying it and was simply going because he "had" to. Not mentioning names here for obvious reasons.

The fall at 9 - Presto - was very scary to hear over the radio. Jingling like crazy for that horse.

Anyway, a great day. Glad I went and will definitely go back to volunteer next year, though I think next time I'll book a hotel room and stick around for Sunday.

Oct. 17, 2004, 08:26 AM
The refusals on 18 musta been after 12:30 cause I only saw 1 or 2 between 17 and 18 while I was there, and it seemed as though it was just mis-approach. Baily, if I knew you were @ 18 I would've stopped over and said hi ... I was sitting/standing at the back part of 18B ...

Looking forward to next year, maybe Em will be able to go with this time http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

~!~ Ten ~!~

Oct. 17, 2004, 08:45 AM
I was judging at the first water, which had no actual penalties but a high number of "Oh my God, they're going to crash! Oh, phew!" moments.
Ditto to the other judges about seeing lovely rides, wild rides, and everything in between. We did not see fatigue so early in the course, but more than once a horse that was really wound up and blowing through the rider's aids at our fence was later reported to have retired or (by friends' reports) to be really tired on the back of the course.

Favorite rides through our complex: Kim, who looked wonderful, Gillian and Sportscar -- that mare positively BOUNDED through up out and over -- Holly Hepp (great position!), Will Coleman (whose leg never ceases to amaze me, so still, so perfect), and a rider late in the day on a black horse (blanking on who), who half halted at the perfect moment for a truly well-ridden go.

And bonus points to Steuart Pittman, who did NOT have a great ride through, but rather a "holy COW how did they make it" ride -- in the air over the last element, he said "Oh, I'm the lucky one!" with an air of great relief. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

The trip south was a symphony of cell phones and maps as our three cars got variously trapped and detoured by the 95 mess. I was the best off -- my friend got stuck in between exits and called to warn me -- I was about 10 minutes behind, got off, and went around before most of the other folks were able to detour. Added about 45 minutes to the drive, but my friend spent an hour going 2 miles before she was able to bail out...

Oct. 17, 2004, 08:45 AM
It is with a heavy heart and copious tears that I write that I've just been told here in the press tent that Presto has been euthanized.

I'm making a fool of myself, because I'm crying so hard I can barely see. The other reporters are staring at me.

Kaiti/GotSpots--you have been such an insipration to me in my own ownership of a good horse. Nothing I can say can ease your pain. My heart breaks for you and Allison. Please know how much you are loved and admired and cared for, and what a marvelous Mom you have always been. If you need anything, we are here for you.

Oct. 17, 2004, 09:06 AM
Wow..so sorry to hear that. I was hoping there would be good news.

Oct. 17, 2004, 09:11 AM
Oh, no! We had all been so hopeful when he was extricated...
Heather, thank you for letting us know.
GotSpots, we are all thinking of you...

Oct. 17, 2004, 09:16 AM
Oh no. I'm so sorry, GotSpots. You and Presto and Alison were a phenomenal team. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. --Jess

Oct. 17, 2004, 09:29 AM
Oh no. How awful. I am so sorry.

Oct. 17, 2004, 10:29 AM
Oh God, how awful. I am bawling. Godspeed, you beautiful, brave spotted horse--I only met you once but your mom is a good friend who I sadly have only met once "in person", too. I wish she were closer so I could "be there" for her in some way besides these words. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Oct. 17, 2004, 10:35 AM
crap, katie i am so sorry to hear about presto. if you need anything let me know.is allison ok?

does anyone know about kyle carter's horse? heard he was 3 legged after his fall.

also if someone can post how ralph did with stadium that would be great. thanks,stacey

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Oct. 17, 2004, 10:39 AM
Bad Boy Billy jogged up well. Ralph is 6th one in the ring after the break starting at 2 p.m. Will let you know how it goes.
So sorry to hear about Presto.

Oct. 17, 2004, 10:47 AM
thanks ruthie, i hope all goes well for him. billy is such a cool horse. so nice that he came back to compete so quickly. i just went thru the same thing with a 3 yr.old, so it gives me great hope for him. thanks for the updates.

Oct. 17, 2004, 12:13 PM
Heather, thanks for taking the time to let us know, I've been thinking about Presto all morning and wondering. Godspeed to Presto, and hugs to Kaiti and Allison . . .

ruthie -- thanks for the updates as well. Will check back after they've jumped.

Oct. 17, 2004, 12:24 PM
Yikes, I just read Heather's sad post about Presto. This year is the first time in about 10-15 years that I've missed being at Fair Hill. I was so bummed to be out of town on business travel, but now that I've read the posts about the fatalities and injuries, its a blessing I wasn't there. However, I am looking forward to reading the COTH coverage.

Oct. 17, 2004, 12:50 PM
OH NO! How horrid, horrid, horrid about Presto. This makes you wonder if it is all worth it. I know that they can have accidents in their own pasture as well, however....

Oct. 17, 2004, 12:50 PM
oh no. I am so sorry. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif

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Oct. 17, 2004, 12:54 PM
First off, Kaiti, my deepest sympathies. Word's can't express the magnitude of such a loss.... http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif

The spotted one will be greatly missed!

Did anyone else see the picture at the bottom of the Eventing Etc. XCountry Report (http://www.eventingetc.com/2004/oct_dec/reports/report_fair_hill_saturday.htm) ?

Yet another horse missed and ended up in the ditch--that sounds like a scary, troubling fence, and I sure hope they look into why there were so many accidents there!

Oct. 17, 2004, 01:31 PM
OH God My heart is breaking for you Gotspots! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I cant imagine, well actually unfortunatly I can imagine the pain you are in. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I have only seen pictures of the spotted one that you posted! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif God I am so very sorry! ~Blubbering~ http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif

Oct. 17, 2004, 01:34 PM
GotSpots, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

Oct. 17, 2004, 02:12 PM
I hope those reading do not feel that it was all gloom and doom at Fair Hill. Au contrare! I thought the riding was truly inspirational and exciting to watch, and the combinations I saw were awesome. I scolded a couple of the boarders today for not going with me yesterday and they promised not to miss it next year. From where I was on the backside of the course I would about quarter of the horses looked too sloppy to adjust correctly, most were pretty fit, and only one or two rank or overfit. However, the combination 22abc was KIND to all as there were no crashes, just glance offs and bad jumps without disastrous landings from what I could see and hear. But the majority of the three star horses I saw looked as tho they belonged there and that late on the course, that is quite high praise for the course designers and cross country folks. My condolences to those with Presto, my heart goes out to you.

Oct. 17, 2004, 02:26 PM
Looks like final results are in on Fair Hill web site. Phillip 1st, Kim 2nd, Stuart 3rd, Amy 4th. Yea, Amy Barrington -- 12th and Sara Mittlieder --13th. Sara is a young rider from Idaho who has made that little horse from 3 year old to 3 *** horse.

My deepest sympathy to Presto's family.

Oct. 17, 2004, 03:16 PM
My heart is with you, Kaiti - and just realize that Presto has joined a pretty great bunch of friends over the Rainbow Bridge. Two of my real youngsters (5 & 8), and all those oldies, including Willem, to teach him the ropes!



Oct. 17, 2004, 05:10 PM
So sorry to hear about Presto- I hate it when that kind of things happen.

All of us here in Idaho have been following Sara Mittleider and her horse Tony and have been so excited for them. Did anyone see them go at all this weekend?

I just talked to Brenda, (Saras mom) she said that they were thrilled with 13th and how the two of them handled the challenge. Said it was surely the biggest they had ever done.

We are so proud of them, I am still amazed that such a little horse can get the job done!

Any news would so appreciated.

Oct. 17, 2004, 05:55 PM
I'm also very sorry to hear about Presto. My prayers are with Allison.


Oct. 17, 2004, 06:26 PM
My condolences to Presto's connections.

From the photos on eventingetc., it looks like Mark W. was OK after his fall, but I thought I'd heard that his horse fell as well? Is Decordova all right, does anyone know?

Oct. 17, 2004, 07:07 PM
Spoke to Gillian on the phone.

Part way through stadium she started getting excited about thinking she was going to be clear, instead of concentrating on the course- and pulled 3 rails as a result. But 16th place is still nothing to sneeze aout, and a big improvement over "thirty something" last year.

AND she got the sportsmanship award!

Oct. 17, 2004, 07:59 PM
Balibandido -- I heard from my sister who was there that everyone back at the barn was talking about how amazing Tony was...I would think Sara is recieving offers...

They are such a great partnership. I remember when she was starting him novice, Wow, to look at what they accomplished this weekend.

Oct. 17, 2004, 09:15 PM
I'm so pleased for Sara -- there isn't a nicer person or harder worker, and I'm delighted that the hard work that went into this trip paid off so nicely for her and her family.

And of course I'm delighted for Stuart, who's just had a fantastic two weeks. I can't wait to see his partnership with Blackie continue to develop, and Star (the mare he rode at Radnor) is incredibly exciting.

My delight for these two and other friends is tempered by sadness for the loss of Presto, however. This is a hard sport to love. --Jess

Carol Ames
Oct. 17, 2004, 10:16 PM
i am so sorrry http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif ! My prayersare with you,all. This is the downside of our sport., http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif i'm sure every one joins me in me in mourning the loss of a very special horse.i hope Allison is not alone tonight. He had a wonderful life with many caring people, and, knew he was loved http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif , andVERY special. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Oct. 18, 2004, 08:53 AM
Jenna and Obie had a great weekend, one of only 28 to go clear on the x/c in their first ***. She had a very nice show jumping on Sunday, forward and soft, but 3 rails when he just tapped them. They ended up 26th and it counts as a qualifier for Rolex, if they're ready to go in the Spring.

I made it a point to watch for Gillian and Sportscar, and they were fabulous! Nice dressage, amazing x/c, the mare jumped the heck out of the stadium course but had a couple of rails. I saw Gillian riding her around bareback in her sheet before the jog on Sunday morning. What a pair!

Amy and Platinum also had a nice dressage test and jumped around brilliantly.

Spot and Obie were two horses apart to go this past weekend. I met Kaiti as we were setting up in the vet box and she and I shared nerves as Obie and Jenna set off on the x/c course. Our crew was jubilent when Obie and Jenna came back in clear, and seconds later Spot fell at the ditch and wall. It was horrible, but we thought he was going to be OK--the word over the loudspeaker was that he was cast in the ditch and both horse and rider were OK. Later that night word ran through the barn Kaiti had made the difficult, but right, decision to euthanize him. My heart goes out to her, and Allison.

Oct. 18, 2004, 08:58 AM
My heart goes out to Katie and Allison and everyone involved with Spot.

LAZ... I was following Jenna all weekend (when I wasn't sitting on a heating pad from a fall yesterday morning). Please pass on my and Laura's major congrats! I'm absolutely ecstatic for her!!