Ride around the Intermediate XC course with Mr. Jack-in-the-box and I in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Virginia Horse Trials! 🏔I left in the 45 seconds before leaving the start box because Jack is just SO FREAKING ADORABLE! This horse was bouncing up and down, about 4 inches off the ground, in place, wanting to leave the start box. I am so happy that I can be a part of this horse's absolute love for the sport. Honestly, nothing made me happier than feeling how excited he was to head out on XC. That is the best feeling in the world, to see how much your horse loves his job. 🏇♥And yes, Jack and I went out while there was still frost on the ground! That was a first for me! We were the 3rd pair to head out of the start box that morning. While I was in the warm-up, I heard the announcers state that "the jump judges are all in position, and the ice has been broken out of the water complexes". 😱❄🧊The only thing I could think of at that point was "Dear God, please don't let me fall off in the water complexes…" 🙈🤣We took our time around the course, I just wanted a clear round on our first Intermediate to end the year, plus Jack's fitness isn't up to par since he's dealt with hoof soreness issues all summer. So thrilled to have our first Intermediate under our belts! I'm sure we'll be rocking around them consistently next year! 😁
Posted by Michael Willham Eventing on Monday, November 4, 2019
“While I was in the warm-up, I heard the announcers state that, ‘the jump judges are all in position, and the ice has been broken out of the water complexes.’ The only thing I could think of at that point was, ‘Dear God, please don’t let me fall off in the water complexes…'”
That was Michael Willham’s last thought before he left the start box with Fernhill Fugitive at Virginia Horse Trials. They were the third pair to tackle the Intermediate course on a morning so chilly that frost dusted the rolling hills of the Virginia Horse Center. Take a look at their lovely ride from Michael’s point of view.
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