with the torrential downpours on Friday and the hurricane like winds
on Saturday, Southern Pines was as great event.
When we arrived
Thursday afternoon the weather was in the 70's and sunny. Little
did we know what mother nature had in store for us the next few
days. When arrived to the barn at 6:00 am on Friday morning, the
looming dark clouds and a few sprinkles were the first indicators
that the those conditions would be the warmest and driest anyone
would be for the rest of the day. The temperature began to steadily
drop as did the rain. First a drizzle, then a shower, then downpours
that latest for hours. Ashley was the only rider to avoid the rain
with her early morning ride on Bentley. By mid-afternoon as DeAnna
and Klink did Dressage, the rain was relentless and cold. To get
to the dressage ring, Klink had to wade through a rain made pond
now several feet deep. The upside of the day is that everyone had
nice tests with Krissy and Taz putting in their best test to date.
Saturday looked to be much more promising. The rain cleared up,
but only to welcome harsh, cold winds that would not let up all
day. Krissy and Taz were the first to go in the Advanced and looked
great. She had some time, but no jump penalties and more importantly
they had a blast. Next to go was Ashley with Bentley and Danielle
with Cully. They both jumping around the CIC** course beautifully
and clean. Leslie and Sara attacked the intermediate course and
made it look like it was a novice course on speed. Alex and her
little mare, Carakat, also jumped around the intermediate course
clean. DeAnna with Klink and Tera with Travis both show jumped on
Saturday. Klink had one rail in the Preliminary, but was in good
form and Travis had a clear round in the Training division.
Sunday began with another early morning, as both Ashley and Danielle
had to prepare for the CIC** jog. Both of them and their horses
looked fabulous and Cullcarin was as white as ever! It's tough keeping
a white horse looking radiant, so props to the Quinn's for doing
a great job. Both Bentley and Cully passed without any concerns.
With that out of the way, it was time for Show Jumping. All the
horses looked fit and happy and the riders rode the courses very
well. Taz had one rail to end on a great note for her second Advanced.
Ashley and Danielle both had nice rounds and finished in 4th and
5th respectively, just behind the big-wig professionals. Leslie
and Sara put in their usual elegant round and finished in 8th. DeAnna
and Tera ran XC on Sunday. Klink was fabulous, but had a slip off
at the corner in the Preliminary. Tera was pleased with Travis'
boldness, but got 20 penalties due to his 'eagerness.' Travis wanted
to go a wee bit faster than Tera did. Everyone was extremely happy
with how their horses preformed so a great event all around.
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for individual placings.
and Taz on XC |
and Cully over the roll top
and Sara |
and Paul after Dressage
and Sue |
taking a nap
and Sara into the water