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First HT For My 4 yo Homebred - Had to Share

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  • First HT For My 4 yo Homebred - Had to Share

    Sunday July 22 we took my four year old to his first Horse Trial at Equus 3D. He did Open Entry as well as the Young Event Horse.

    1) We completed the whole Horse Trial! HURRAY!!!!

    2) His dressage test was not entirely embarrassing. Getting the opportunity to 'meet' the judge and jog in the ring we were doing our test in was a great introduction. He didn't do a counter bulge scoot around the short end of the ring after we came down center line on our entrance. He was a little tense, but we were on the grass ring (read, hard ground with the lack of rain we have had) and there was quite a bit of commotion happening on all sides of the ring (Stadium happening to the North and spectators and horses on deck for the other dressage rings to the South, the judges at the table in front and horse appearing from the tree line behind).

    3) His stadium was spectacular. No rails and no time faults. He was cautious, but jumped everything, no thoughts of refusal, just the odd question, 'Did I really want him to jump this fence?' "Yup!" 'OK!'

    4) His cross country was also tentative, but with really good gallops (12 seconds under the optimum time, so a little fast). We had schooled once before entering and it was at Equus...though without MH's characteristic garden flavoured jump decorations. So as we came up to jump #6, the jump judge sitting in a chair directly in front of us was a distinct distraction. As his focus narrowed in on the jump as we swung to the right, the bronze sun deco at the center base of the jump caused him to want to duck out to the right. I corrected, but he stalled and came to a complete stop before I found his gear shift and we cleared it. The little bank down was the only jump that I didn't have to ride in any way, shape or form. He cantered right up and dropped off the edge with not a second thought. This would be because his stall has a door right out to his paddock and the drop (or rise depending on the direction of your approach) is higher than the bank we dropped off at Equus. And he is in and out of his stall AT LEAST 50 times a day. Self schooling

    5) We came in 9th out of 13 entries. Just out of the ribbons. But he came in 1st in the Young Event Horse. We learned about his down time preferences. Unlike his sire, he loved to be on the trailer with a hay net and water bucket. He is happy as a clam and doesn't need to see you to be quiet and content. Finn must be able to survey his surroundings in order to be content and if he must spend time 'hanging out' on the trailer, one of his people has to be within visual range.

    I've got helmet cam (I'll post when I have it ready to share), spectator cam and Vic and Andrew's fabulous still shots.

    Here are the stills.
    Stadium (click the next button for the photos) - http://www.photosbybailini.com/g2/v/...-6147.jpg.html
    Cross - http://www.photosbybailini.com/g2/v/...-7166.jpg.html

    So so so proud!!
    Cindy Geres

    Home of Foxwind SL (Cdn Trakehner and Cdn Sport Horse Approved)

  • #2
    Thats so awesome! Congrats to you and your horse! Great pics, too!
    Can't wait to see the videos!
    Eventers of the West
    A Facebook group I created for Eventers in the West Region of the U.S.
    Remy - My OTTB Gelding! Love him to pieces!


    • #3
      Huge Congratulations!!!Such an achievement, isn't it? You've got me beat by 3 weeks and a division. I've entered my 4 year old in Pre-Entry (the YEH doesn't appear to be a go )