Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Plantation May HT

Magic Replica
Photo Credit Stephen J. Berkowitz
Woodstock Eventing had another wonderful event at Plantation this past weekend! We had some of the youngsters and sales horses at the event, with some out for their first event ever! Ryan rode seven in the BN-T divisions, which made for quite a busy day!!

Ryan’s first ride was on Ned Kelly, a 9 year old bay gelding who is owned by Bennett Creek Farm.  Ned ran in the Training division and scored a 31.8 in the dressage, finishing 4th overall.

Photo Credit Stephen J. Berkowitz
Working student, Charlotte Collis, rode in the preliminary ending fifth. Charlotte just finished up her spring semester of college, and officially joined the team on Friday. She and her horse Legend jumped around well and are looking forward to the next event! 
Then it was on to the dressage for each of the three Novice and three Beginner Novice horses. Ryan rode the three novice horses into the top ten in a competitive Novice Horse division. Mary Hazzard’s Magic Replica scored a 33.9, Susanne Klouds Coltrane had an even 30.00, and sale horse Circulate broke into the 20s on a 28.3.

Clapton, a 4 year old owned by Carolyn Cadier, stepped up to tie for first on a 32 in the dressage at his very first event. Another first timer was George Srawbridge's Kurbat, who scored a 34 in the dressage.

Client Curran Simpson had a super ride on Dday placing 3rd in the training after being chased by a dog from fence 12 on the xc through the finish. Curran was 1 second under optium time and was thankful to the dog for helping pick up the pace! 

Here's some footage at the water jump!

The only horse we were not able to catch on video was Kurbat, but we promise to next time!

It can’t go without mentioning how superbly Woodstock Eventing’s groom, Stacey Driscoll, exercise rider Chris Talley, and working student Charlotte Collis kept everything running smoothly and on time at the event. With seven horses in a one day, times get pretty tight, but the team was on top of it! Well done!

We love Plantation Field, not only because it’s in our backyard, but also because the management keeps working hard to make it in to a premier facility. They’ve purchased more land over the last several years, and they opened up dressage rings in a new field this year. The improvements to the footing with the aeration and the mushroom compost have made the galloping lanes on the cross country near, if not absolutely perfect going.   Full Results

We do hope that one day the requirement of signatures for each horse per event is reconsidered.  This is not a requirement in other countries and when you are running so many horses this can become such a burden.  We understand the need for secretaries to have complete entries, but with all the electronic entries these days, signature pages seem to get lost in the shuffle. Instead of charging $50/entry for something we can sign upon check-in, why can't the USEA include this in the yearly registration?   This would make the secretaries’ and participants’ lives so much easier!  We all work tirelessly for this sport we love, and extra fees and more paperwork shouldn’t cloud a picture perfect day of horses galloping across country.

We cannot say it enough, thank you to our hard working staff, our fabulous owners, and the entire Plantation Field team for yet another stupendous event!

See you at Fair Hill this weekend! ~ Ryan, Ali and Crew

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