Do you remember your introduction to eventing? We all had to start somewhere, and with more and more horse trials offering Intro and Starter divisions, there are plenty of opportunities for newcomers to the sport to have a positive, low-pressure experience with all the excitement and atmosphere of a sanctioned competition.
Galway Downs had such a good turnout for the Intro division during their Spring Horse Trials earlier this month, that the group was split into two classes. Ann Walbert and Mary Benson’s Hail Cactus were the winners of Intro A, and they went on to finish second in the YEH 4-year-old division the same weekend. Lauren Hayatian and Little Dude led Intro B from start to finish.
It is not often that we see horses and riders starting out in the sport getting their moment in the spotlight. That’s why we love that our friends at Ride On Video recently published several videos of Intro level competitors on course at Galway Downs. Whether it’s their first competition, an outing on an inexperienced horse or a return to the sport after time away, we’re glad they’ve joined us on this great journey!
Gabriella Yuschenkoff and Auburn Excell Brady‘s Coco Chanel had two clear jumping rounds with just time to add in stadium. They finished 6th in Intro A.
Adult amateur Laura Sweet and her own Strength of Ten Bears were fourth in Intro B with a double-clear cross country round.
Anderson Rogers and Gambler didn’t have the show jumping round they would have liked, but they put in a seriously classy performance on cross country. Well done!