Will Faudree has taken an early lead on Andromaque after a lovely test in the Advanced Division, and he currently also occupies third place on Pawlow. You can find all the scores [here]. Will always looks so happy to be riding his beloved Missy, and it showed in an expressive, mistake free test, one of very few this morning; maybe it’s the sub-zero temps (it was below twenty on my way here, and although it has warmed up into the thirties the wind still makes it feel colder) but the changes weren’t happening for a lot of people, and several riders forgot their tests to boot.
I’ve been raving about Emily Beshear and her gorgeous Ky bred OTTB Here’s To You (by Will’s Way) all spring, and they didn’t disappoint me, also turning in a lovely, soft, smooth and flowing test, good enough to split Will’s rides for second place currently.
Will Coleman and Twizzel performed, as expected these days, a very nice solid test, albeit with some slightly untidy changes, but it was more interesting to watch Will ride Lynn Symansky’s Donner, above. Lynn has broke her hand recently on a young horse, a spiral fracture when it stopped suddenly and she jammed it into the neck, so although she is riding gently again already, and hopes to be back in time for Rolex, Will is deputising for her at competitions. Having only ridden Donner for a few days they’re still figuring each other out but they looked pretty good so far. Much more to come from Southern Pines later. Stay warm and go eventing!