Monday, October 29, 2012

Waredaca Horse Trials, a Combined Test, and Hurricane Sandy!

What a crazy week it's been! Everyone at Blue Hill has been preparing and bracing for Hurricane Sandy while getting ready for the Blue Goose combined test and Waredaca Horse Trials.

Saturday began by welcoming new boarder Lauri Albert and her horse Donner Tanz. Lauri and Donner compete in dressage at first level, and are looking forward to moving up the levels under Jessica's guidance.

Rachel and Seema took their horses Solo SWF and VS Pass Play (Keegan) to do the Training level combined test at Blue Goose Stable. Solo did his first show with Rachel and behaved very well. Solo is switching from a career as a show jumper to eventing, and Rachel is very pleased with his progress. Keegan completed his first Training level dressage test and show jump course in fine style. Look for both pairs to be very competitive out eventing next year!  

Sunday was a very early morning with three horses going to Waredaca. Jeff Kibbie's Loki was Missy's first ride of the morning. Jeff has been at Waredaca all week building the course for the horse trial and training three day, so Missy competed Loki in the Preliminary for him. Loki scored a 35.9 on the flat and had a good show jump round with one rail down. Missy gave him an easy ride around the cross country to finish clear with some time.

Steph rode Diligence in her first Prelim since her accident last fall. They had a slightly tense dressage test, but Dylan had some very good moments. A spook in the show jumping brought down two rails, but Dylan jumped well, and loped around the cross country easily. They will compete in the Prelim at Virginia next weekend before heading to Florida for the winter with Missy.

Missy and Garrybritt Ike had an excellent dressage to sit in fourth place on a 24.1. Ike show jumped well in the TH division with one down at the liverpool. Ike had a green moment on cross country but was overall a star, and Missy is thrilled with his maturity around the course. Stay tuned for big things from this pair!

 Missy and Ike at Waredaca

Next weekend is the last two shows of the season for Blue Hill. Bonnie Kibbie is riding her husband's Advanced horse Loki in the Novice, and Rachel Gross and Carlingford Simply Harry will compete in the Novice as well. Missy will head down to the Virginia Horse Trials to coach Jason Racey and The Dodger in the CCI* and Steph Cauffman and Diligence in the OP. 

To everyone riding out the storm, stay safe!  

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