Grand Oaks H.T. welcomed eventers to stretch their legs beneath the Spanish Moss and Florida sunshine this weekend at their Weirsdale, Florida venue. Now in its second year, the event is becoming a favorite of the winter season. David Frechette was on site to ring in the new season, and he’s shared videos of the weekend! You can see even more on his YouTube page, The Horsepesterer.
Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Mochachino won the Open Preliminary. Jaqueline Mars’ 8-year-old Thoroughbred cross added nothing to his dressage score of 29.4. Ellie O’Neal and Zick Zack, a 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Sally Cox, finished second on 30.2. Lauren also won the Open Training division with Jaqueline Mars’ Hindine.
David’s commentary is often the highlight of these videos — no offense to the riders! His insights made our top videos of 2018 (See: That’s Just a Well Trained Horse)
Maya Black and Miks Maseter C, a 7-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Laurie Cameron, won the Preliminary Horse on a score of 29.6. Kylie Lyman was second with Xuanatu, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Joan Nichols. on 30.4, and Clayton Fredericks came third aboard his own FE Coldplay on a final score of 31.4.
Take a look at the picturesque landscape and excellent riding with a few more from David:
I’d also like to give a shout out to EN’s Lead Writer and the wearer of many hats, Jenni Autry! She and her own Imperial Striker finished 6th in the Modified division.