Trish Gilbert designed challenging and educational courses at all levels and all the horses gained confidence at the event. The cross country was beautifully built by Eric Bull and company, showing a fantastic presentation. Making these courses look and ride terrifically is a huge effort from the course designers as well as the Fair Hill staff. As we head in to summer, we pick and choose the events by the footing. Fair Hill has continued to provide superb footing with aeration on both the cross country and show jumping fields. This is greatly appreciated, and never goes unnoticed!With 2 horses in the Training on Saturday and 7 horses on Sunday, it was a big weekend for us! Not to mention, student Chris Talley made his big move up to Preliminary.
Saturday, the Training horses, Coolum and Life is Good, finished on their dressage scores. Coolum came in fifth overall in a very competitive division finishing on 25.9. Coolum has been sold to an up and coming Young Rider in Canada, and we wish this duo the best. Life is Good, “Henry” also finished top ten, placing 8th on a 33.6.
Sunday was a fast-paced day with 21 rides in 7 hours. The two preliminary horses, Cherish Campbell’s Frankie and the Fernhill Classic Syndicate’s, Fernhill Classic, had their last run before the CCI* at Bromont in a few weeks. Both horses are jumping supremely well. Frankie finished second in OP-A on his dressage score of 35.9 and Classic finished fourth on a 32.2 in a competitive OP-B. We’re heading to Canada off of a great weekend.
The five novice horses were troopers! Two five year olds we imported from Ireland last year, Bennett Creek Farm’s Woodstock Bennett and Ryan’s own Woodstock Wallaby won their Novice divisions on their dressage scores. Carolyn Cadier’s Clapton was third in his second event and first novice, adding a green rail to his dressage score of 24.2.Grand Traverse continues to show enormous heart, adding two more clear rounds to his flawless show record. Suzanne Cloud’s Coltrane continues to come out better each time.Last, but certainly not least, we want to send an enormous thank you to the entire Fair Hill crew and volunteers for staying and letting us run our last two horses back to back. Thank you also to Stacey & working student Jenny for making the weekend run so smoothly!!