Watching Be Mine tackle a fence or two on the cross-country course yesterday, I thought the horse looked really nice. Watching him jump an entire show jumping course today, however, my reaction was something closer to “holy crap, that horse can JUMP.”
As I mentioned this morning, Buck seems to think the world of this horse, who has earned the affectionate nickname of “Little Reggie” around the barn. His win in the Bromont CCI1* today will surely further bolster Buck’s confidence in the horse’s future. Be Mine’s owners seem absolutely super and clearly love him, which always helps when a top rider finds a special horse. It’s hard to believe that this horse did its very first event in January of this year — he’s certainly a superstar in the making.
The top 11 placings didn’t budge thanks to a steady stream of double-clear rounds. Ryan Wood took the #2 and #3 spots on Woodstock Wallaby and Woodstock Bennett respectively, both of whom looked fantastic around the course. Woodstock Wallaby in particular is a very cool horse who has way too many 2nd and 3rd place finishes on his USEA record… I expect that Ryan will be helping him shed that bridesmaid dress soon.
There was an awful lot of good riding in the ring today — the quality of the competition here this weekend is through the roof, which is exciting because a lot of the horses and riders are newcomers to the sport.
The CCI2* show jumping is starting so I’m going to get back to it. Back soon with an update… Allez Concours Complet!
CCI1* Top 15 – Final Scores: