Once again, another glorious year at our neighborhood Plantation Field International Event is a wrap!! We are so fortunate to have this level event literally in our back yard, and each year it just seems to improve, from the footing in dressage/stadium and warmup to the jumps on the Eric Bull cross country course.
David Ziegler & Fritz With Their Supporters
Susan Opengart, Peter Berk, Missy & Jess
Three of our Blue Hill Farm students competed in this weekend's FEI event. David took on his first FEI event with Fritz in the 1*, and both Maggie and Madeline tackled the 3*.
We're so proud of all our riders who experienced certain challenges and also moments of brilliance! David executed a solid dressage test, and then took on the XC course in fine form, with only a few time penalties. This pair is just starting their career together, and certainly will be quite competitive, as they were poised in the top 15 going into stadium. Unfortunately they just didn't find their rhythm and misjudged fence 3, which resulted in a fall, but luckily both David and Fritz came away unscathed. I love this photo of them over the last fence on course, dedicated to our friend Seema.
|Madeline In The Mist|
|Heading Into The Water Complex|
During the awards presentation, we were so thrilled to have Jessica come up to assist County Saddlery with their raffle of a new saddle, which was held throughout the weekend. Jess has been riding in her favorite County dressage saddle since the Olympics and we love having our local rep, Patti Gillen, right around the corner for her custom fittings!
Raffle tickets were sold to raise money for the Work To Ride program, based out of Philadelphia. The Work To Ride kids have been participating in Unionville based events, such as the Cheshire Hunt Camp and the DVA racing series for years, so it was an honor to be involved with this fund raiser. County very generously donated a $5K jump saddle of choice, and the winner, Aspen Mazzatta from NJ, was so excited she was literally shaking and speechless!! I think her mother was pretty happy she won the saddle too :)
|Jess pictured with (left to right), Aspen Mazzatta, County Reps Patti Gillen and Kim Conty|
Photo Credits Lisa Thomas, Mid-Atlantic Equestrian