Buck Davidson and Be Mine Make the CCI1* Theirs at Bromont

Buck Davidson and Be Mine take their victory gallop. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Buck Davidson and Be Mine take their victory gallop. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

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.”

Buck Davidson and Be Mine. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Buck Davidson and Be Mine. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

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.

Be Mine checks the winner's cup for grain. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Be Mine checks the winner’s cup for grain. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

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.

Ryan Wood and Woodstock Wallaby. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Ryan Wood and Woodstock Wallaby. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

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.

When you finish sixth in your first CCI1*, you get to eat grass with your bridle on. Will Faudree and Pfun. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

When you finish sixth in your first CCI1*, you get to eat grass with your bridle on. Will Faudree and Pfun. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The CCI2* show jumping is starting so I’m going to get back to it. Back soon with an update… Allez Concours Complet!

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