I wandered out onto the cross country course for the Novice division for awhile today and met some friendly team members who graciously allowed me to photograph them. It turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day today, and all horses and riders galloped happily across country today on a very inviting course.
All of the course reviews I heard were very positive, and everyone seems to have had a great run today. Cross country was the last phase to be run for the various horse trials divisions.
I was impressed that one of the combined driving obstacles was incorporated into the cross country course. There was an option to go around, but the direct route had riders going up under a spooky pagoda and then down through the driving lanes to a brush fence immediately after. Every rider I saw went through just fine, but it was a very unique way to introduce more challenging obstacles on course.
The Team Challenge was a great hit this weekend, and you could hear many cheers and whoops around cross country as riders completed their rounds. Everyone seemed to be in great spirits.
Some teams even dressed in costume in honor of Halloween – from Despicable Me Minions to the Queen of Hearts, the costumes were well thought out and everyone was color coordinated.
I must also give a shout out to the University of Kentucky event team, which showed up in droves to cheer their members on.
Overall it seems to have been a very successful weekend here at the Hagyard Midsouth 3Day and Team Challenge. I must again give a big thank you to the event organizers, volunteers, jump judges, etc who were so helpful and friendly all weekend. The weather may not have been at its best the past couple of days, but today made everything worth it, and to see all 400+ competitors having a blast is what this sport is truly all about.
Go Kentucky and Go Hagyard Midsouth! Until next year!