This past weekend Huntington Farm pulled off another lovely and seamless event in the quaint and peaceful hills in South Strafford, Vermont. I wasn’t able to compete because Vinnie has been on vacation since we completed our first CIC together.
I’ve spent the last two weeks doing things I rarely do: dress in normal people clothes, hang out with friends and family from literally all over the world, and proceeded to cook for an entire week with my Mom for the adult camp at Tamarack Hill Farm. Cooking and dressing in normal non-horsey attire are not things I usually do. But every now and again, it’s good to step away from the chaos and intensity of the summer competition and training schedules and enjoy life from a different perspective.
Back to Huntington Farm! Even though I wasn’t competing mister Vinster, I enjoyed coaching, and it’s always fun to watch any event. If you’re not able to ride, the next best thing is to actually watch and observe. I was there for most of the day on Sunday and saw some familiar and some new smiling faces. Horses were down by the river enjoying a drink and splashing around. The sun was fairly intense, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Since I didn’t ride any of the courses myself, I caught up with my buddy and Tamarack’s barn manger, Daryl Kinney, who WON the Prelim division on her dressage score on the lovely Rosie’s Girl (an OTTB) owned by Denny Emerson. Here’s what Daryl had to say about the event overall: “I always love competing at Huntington; everyone is so nice and the courses always ride so well. The last water proved to be a bit spooky, but Rosie jumped through very boldly. I was really happy with how she took everything right in stride.”
And, of course, the incredible Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto was there to capture all the awesomeness and provide us with beautiful shots of some of the division winners. Thank you Joan for the pics, and thank you to Huntington and volunteers to putting on another wonderful event.