Well it wouldn’t be Fair Hill without a
godawful amount little mud, would it now? Social media was abuzz today, not just with the dressage results, but with pictures of the slop, the muck, the foot deep goo and the wry smiles that accompanied it. Sorry, folks from California, this wasn’t the way we wanted to greet you … but you did sign up for Fair Hill, so you should know that this is par for the course!
It’s not just the FEI divisions that are star studded this weekend! Check out this famous old campaigner, still enjoying the work with young horses! From USEF High Performance: “USEF Selector Bruce Davidson and Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 5-year-old Top Gun compete in the USEA Young Event Horse championship at Fair Hill International.”
Maddie Parisan smoked the NAJYRC CCI2* course this year, only to withdraw before show jumping. She and “Carson” have recovered, and rerouted to Fair Hill to compete in the CCI2* for their first time here.
Uh oh … the blondes are on course! These girls are all going to rock it on Saturday, as each one of them takes on the CCI3* course.
Hold up, we need to take another moment to talk about the cross country fences at Le Lion d’Angers this weekend. I know I did this yesterday, but they are so cool! I just can’t get over it.
More on the cross country jumps here….are these people actually hobbits? Or is that jump THAT huge??
— Parkfield Breeding (@ParkfieldBreed) October 16, 2014
Meanwhile … back at Fair Hill International …
When it’s that muddy outside, you have to get a little creative with carrying stuff around. As a groom, your main job is carrying stuff, which is made difficult by the sucking quality to the mud at Fair Hill. I give Mattie props for taking the bike out in that muck, because that can be seriously dangerous too! Kim Severson’s super groom Mattie Kelley battles the weather, with full ingenuity credit to Lucia Strini :)
EN’s own Maggie Deatrick killed it in the dressage today, scoring her personal best with a 52.2! They are currently sitting in 15th place overnight in that enormous CCI2* division. “Dante” is enjoying his success in the best way he knows how, with a good old roll in the grass!
What does it feel like to score a 44.7 in the CCI2* at Fair Hill? A little something like this…