Nupafeed Weekend Winners: One Final Round of Blue Ribbons for 2019

And … that’s a wrap for USEA-sanctioned horse trials in 2019! The final event of the season took place at Sporting Days Farm in Aiken, SC, the beloved venue’s fourth edition of the year.

Despite the calendar going dark for a few weeks, there’s plenty to keep us occupied: the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention (and 60th anniversary!) in Boston this week, and planning ahead for 2020 — events are already open for the new calendar year. The first horse trial of the season takes place Jan. 11-12, the Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks in Reddick, Florida, offering Beginner Novice through Prelim divisions. Of course, there’s also a couple big holidays in there to celebrate.

View complete scores from Sporting Days Farm IV H.T. here.

Intermediate CT: Hanna Grace Johnson & Urlanmore Beaut (35.9)
Open Preliminary: Elizabeth Welker-Ebling & Santana II (35.7)
Preliminary Rider: Rachel Miles & Zane (37.6)
Open Training: Emma Jenkins & Fernhill Armani (27.5)
Training Rider: Crockett Miller & Mr Panda (31.9)
Novice Rider: Nancy Z. Wilson & Lagerfeld (28.5)
Open Novice: Amy Wise & Ruger (31.4)
Beginner Novice Rider: Cathryn Martin & Maroon 5 (23.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Darci Phelps & Sandro Street (22.9)
Starter: Autumn Cearlock & Ima Dotted Lena (35.7)

As we close out the year, a reminder that while it’s fun to celebrate blue ribbons, success comes in all shades of satin. From a personal best dressage test to a confident move-up or even a just small building-block goal achieved, each time we go out and give it our all and get to walk away with a feeling of accomplishment is worth more than any shiny trophy.

Here are a few happy, proud snapshots from the weekend that was at Sporting Days Farm:

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So freaking proud of my amazing little mare! Miss Vixie went to her very first recognized show and brought home a sixth place ribbon. We had one unfortunate rail in what she thought was a rather spooky stadium course, but the Princess Pony was on fire out on cross-country and continues to get better and better in dressage. I know I say it all the time, but I am overwhelmed with pride in this incredible horse. Her heart and her try humble me daily and I can't get over how lucky I am to be the other half of this partnership. Thank you as always to all the wonderful people who continue to help us make our dreams a reality ❤️ #dashingvixen #ottb #retiredracehorse #thoroughbred #poloponyflunkout #thirdtimesacharm #eventersofinstagram #smallbutmighty #littlebutfierce #pocketrocket #darkhorse #maresofinstagram

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Congrats to all. Go Eventing.