It has been quite the busy past week preparing for Fair Hill and competing at the Morven Park Horse Trials. I am currently in Middleburg at the training sessions with Capt. Mark Phillips this week. Morven had its ups and downs with Cooper finishing third in the advanced and looking ready for Fair Hill.
Cambalda unfortunately had quite the spill cross-country when he misjudged the landing on the backside of a jump re-entering the water. He was jumping around like a champ too, so I was quite upset about this.
After suffering a mild concussion and some road rash on my face, I am back in action. Cambalda bruised his knee, but he will be just fine. Poor little guy.
While I was in the air with the water fast approaching my face, I was thinking, “This is going to hurt!”
Upon seeing the pictures from this incident, I can tell that Ping was quite suprised himself that the ground was falling away on the other side.
But as horses go we all have to pay our dues and go through the ups and downs of this sport. One minute everything is going exactly to plan and the next second all plans go out the window. I really enjoyed picking gravel out of my nose, ears and face, and I can only imagine the shock poor Pinger had. I am lucky though that in the end there were no serious injuries to!
On a better note, Cooper is looking ready for action and with some fine tuning from the Captain, I think we will be ready to go!
Talk to you soon,