Following a busy week at Rolex Kentucky, Ryan returned to his home base in Pennsylvania and hit the ground running, competing six young horses at the MCTA Horse Trials in Cockeysville, Maryland.
It was an educational weekend for Woodstock Eventing's young horses. Ryan rode four horses to successful finishes across the Training level divisions. Vamos a Ver, owned by Julia Strawbridge, scored a 34.3 in the dressage and jumped double clear around both cross-country and show jumping to finish in 2nd place. Mary Hazzard's Chusinmyconfession impressed in her debut at the level, scoring a 36.2 dressage and jumping double clear rounds to finish her first Training level competition in 6th place. Lost in Ireland, owned by Steven Guy, performed a solid dressage test to score a 32.9. He went on to jump a double clear round cross-country round and added just one rail to his dressage score to finish in 7th place. Julia Strawbridge's, Zemapt, scored a 39.1 and added some unlucky rails to his score to finish just outside the Top 10 in 11th place.
In the Open Novice division, Ryan rode Sarah Hughes' Shannondale Murphy and Julia Strawbridge's Atlantic Spring. In just his fourth competition, Shannondale Murphy earned a 32.8 in the dressage and added one rail to his dressage score to finish in 4th place. Atlantic Spring finished close behind in 5th place on his dressage score of 35.4. Congratulations to Curran Simpson on his wire-to-wire win aboard his own RF Cosmos in the Open Novice division!
Back at the stable, Ryan has been working with several of the promising young four-year-old Irish imports that have recently joined Woodstock Eventing's talented string. Ryan is looking forward to continuing their education and developing them to the top level of the sport.
Coming up this weekend, Ryan will travel to the Horse Park of New Jersey to compete Summit Sporthorses' Powell in the CIC3* at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event.
Thank you to Woodstock Eventing's incredible team, owners, sponsors, and supporters that make it all possible!