Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Great To Be Back at Plantation Field!

Big weekend at Plantation Field Horse Trials!  I rode 9 horses in 3 different levels.

Ilona English's (Summit Sporthorses) Powell and Lilly placed 1st and 2nd in the Prelim horse. An amazing result for a breeder to have the first two places in the same division.  Powell also finished on the lowest score of the entire event!

Summit Sporthorses' Ruby in Novice
Lisa Thomas Photo

Ruby, also owned and bred by Summit Sporthorses, stepped up to novice this week and showed a lot of class all weekend. Unfortunately we took a peek at the log into woods picking up a 20 on an otherwise great round.

Shannondale Sergio, 2nd in Novice
Photo Credit Steve Berkowitz
Curran Simpson's Fernhill Flame (ISH) led from start to finish in the training horse division.  After placing runner up twice in Aiken, I promised Curran that Flame would win this event, and we delivered!  My own Shannondale Sergio closely followed Flame into second place.

The Ledray's Woodstock Wallaby in Open Prelim
Photo Steve Berkowitz
Mark and Linda Ledray's Woodstock Wallaby showed he can make the time, galloping into 3rd place in the open prelim.  Woodstock Bennett, owned by Bennett's Creek Farm, was great cross country also making the time to finish 6th in the open prelim.

I rode two sales horses this past weekend: Shannondale 54 is a 5 yr old ISH who jumped around the open training with ease to finish on his dressage score for 6th place.  Chimene and Russell Evan's Shannondale Topaki, also a 5yr old ISH, jumped amazingly all weekend to finish 2nd in the novice at his first event.

Shannondale Topaki, 2nd in Novice
Photo Steve Berkowitz
Charlie and Jordan competed their horses as well.  Charlie took Nimbus to their first event together, proving that hard work does pay off by placing 2nd in the novice,  finishing on their dressage score. Jordan had a great start to the event, riding a super dressage and show jump round before having a glance off at the corner.

It was great to be on home soil, and the organizers at Plantation have done a great job on the footing for cross country, as it was in perfect condition to gallop and jump.

Mary and the Woodstock Team!

A big thank you to Mary Hazzard for being a huge help by shipping horses and providing fans and water for cooling the horses off after cross country.   Many thanks as well to Steve Berkowitz for the fabulous photos from the event.  It's great to be home!

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