Well, I have to say that I’m terribly disappointed about the outcome of Luhmuhlen, as you would expect.
I was so happy with how Ping went on the flat; even though the arena blew down before the dressage and it unnerved him a little bit, we got our groove back a couple of movements in and then really went for it a bit more in the ring.
He got a 46.5, and I do feel as though I left quite a few marks in the ring, but it was our first four-star, and I was really happy. As for what happened on cross-country (we were eliminated for three stops at different fences), I just never felt like I got him in front of the leg, and he was jumping the first few jumps a bit over-impressed. Our greeness showed at run-outs at technical elements on the course… I just didn’t get it done.
Of course I feel like I’ve let myself and a lot of other people down, including Ping’s fabulous owners, Tim and Nina Gardner. But as Nina said, things have been so good with Ping that it’s now time to learn to handle some adversity.
Thank God that Ping came off the course without a scratch on him and is sound… I’m so thankful for that. I take full responsibility for what happened there, and there’s not an excuse to be made. Hindsight is 20/20, and the horse and myself are both green, so I need to do another three-star and make sure to fill the holes. He’s been such a brilliant cross-country horse, and I want him to stay that way.
Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of me. I’m truly sorry for letting everyone down! I’m hungry though, and Ping and I will be back, and hopefully with the holes filled in.
Hope all is well with everyone,