The August Huntington Farm Horse Trials were run this past weekend. They usually offer Beginner Novice through a Prelim/Training division, though this year they offered a real Prelim division. This was perfect for me, as I moved up to Prelim for the very first time on Theatre Royal, and what a blast it was! Sunday was a big day for me, as I completed my first Prelim and I successfully moved Skybreaker up to Training level.
Because school has started for the kiddos and summer seems to be winding down for many, the divisions were quite small, but everyone seemed just as pumped to be out competing in Area 1. The weather was quite toasty, but the atmosphere was delightful.
The footing was perfection and the cross country course was inviting and good for galloping. This is one of my favorite events for many reasons: 1) its close proximity to home, 2) its friendly and accommodating farm owners and staff, and 3) it’s not all about carved chipmunks and million dollar water complex’s.
I must admit, I actually had nightmares about jumping into the Prelim drop into water the night before. I had convinced myself the obstacle was going to be similar to the jump into water that the girl from “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” had to tackle. Luckily for me, mister Vinnie-miester casually dropped into the water like we on a Sunday morning stroll.
Enough about nightmares, and onto some of the winning shots from this weekend taken by the one and only Joan Davis!
Susan Berrill and Jet Aer, winners of the Senior Beginner Novice Division
Ashley Cate and Heza Rainbow Mist winners of the Open Novice B division
and last but not least…and yes, this is awkward talking about yourself…but I won the prelim division on Theatre Royal