Pines Horse Trials - March 7-8
What a crazy three days, we left CWF on Friday with nine inches
of snow on the ground using 4-wheel drive through snow and ice covered
roads to head down to Southern Pines, NC and left on Sunday afternoon
in 70+ temps.
Saturday brought warm temps and sunny weather, finally! All the
horses were a bit fresh for being in a Dressage ring for the first
time of the year, but everyone rode well. DeAnna & Davinci (Pickle)
had XC on Saturday afternoon and after the first couple of spooks
on course, finished strong with a double-clear round. In the Novice
Show Jump, Paul & Alice Johnson's Piedmont Sun (Petie) had a
picture perfect show jump round and Cyrs & Blink He's Gone had
a nice round too, but Blink knocked a couple of rails in his usual
non-chalant way of going over the sticks.
Christie rode Serry in her first recognized beginner novice and
did a great job in both the dressage and show jumping. Serry was
very spooky at the first fence in Show Jump, but once she got rolling
did great and was looking to do more. Paul and Christie decided
to not run Serry XC since there was a lot on course and due to all
the snow up north Serry didn’t have as much xc schooling as
they would have liked. She is learning quickly, so we are looking
forward to her gaining more experience.
Sunday brought even warmer temperatures and more sun. We all had
t-shirts on and the horses were enjoying it as well. Paul &
Petie were fantastic around the novice XC and finished in 9th. Cyrs
& Blink stormed about the novice XC as well for a double-clear
round. The final ride of the day was DeAnna & Pickle in the
Show Jump who also had a double-clear round to finish in 3rd.
A big thank you to Taylor who helped everyone all weekend and entertained
us with her continuous and always amusing commentary.
Now that we have seen the sun and mild temps, everyone is excited
to begin training more regularly for the next show. Don’t
forget about the XC clinic this coming weekend at Gordonsdale in