Brooke Schafer has sent a few submissions to us before — A Clinic with Karen O’Connor, An Event Report from Holly Hill, and From Race Tracks to Galloping Lanes— and today she kindly shared with us an account of her weekend at Jump Start Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park. The weather was beautiful in Lexington (sorry Texas!) and many full divisions ran at every level from starter through preliminary. [Results] Thanks to Brooke for writing and thank you for reading.
With the excitement of the American Eventing Championships this past weekend I wanted to take a chance to highlight another event that happened this weekend in Lexington, KY. Jump Start Horse Trials kicked off Friday at the Kentucky Horse Park. Having just moved from Area V to Area VIII it was hard for me to miss the familiar fun going on in Tyler, Texas but I was still quite happy to event 800 miles away in Kentucky (even if it wasn’t AECs!). The weather was beautiful and there were several hundred horses competing from Starter to Prelim. My mount, Paint By Numbers (10 year old APHA gelding), competed in his first event at BN finishing 8th with double clear cross country and stadium rounds. I was very proud of him and met a lot of great eventers eager to welcome me. Many smiles were had by riders this weekend as each phase progressed and the weather was picturesque. I took a minute this morning to snap some photos before my rides. Although we all wish we could have been in Texas this week, it was a beautiful weekend in Kentucky!
(All photos by Author)