Friday, July 3, 2009

Jersey Fresh and plans for the Fall

It's that time of the year where we are happy to look back on a very successful Spring season and plan ahead for the Fall. Trevor has had a great year so far and finished off his Spring season with an incredible showing at Jersey Fresh CCI 3*. He and Jess had a really great dressage test to be the top placing Canadian pair after the first phase. Saturday, both Jess and Trevor had their 'game faces' on and made simple work of the cross country course. An unfortunate timing error due to a hold during their run made for more time penalties than they had actually earned, but what can you do? Trevor continues to make my life easy in the barns on Saturday evenings and after a couple of rounds of ice boots, a hand walk, and a smiling vet at the evening jog he was ready for Sunday. Jog-ups are probably one of my very favorite parts of 3-days. That's my phase of the competition ;) Trevor was handsome as ever Sunday morning with his shiny coat, 27 braids, and and knock-out quarter marks. He went on to show jump very well and finished just out of the top ten (darn xc time penalties!). He certainly earned his vacation!

Special congrats to Jess's coach Jan Byyny for her awesome weekend at Jersey Fresh! Jan and Waterfront finished 2nd in the CCI 3* and Jan also finished (I think it was..) 6th in the CCI 2* with JR (InMidAir). JR also won "Best Turned Out" for the 2*, so Yay Lizzie!

Now we are preparing Trevor for his big Fall season. He had a break after Jersey and is now back in work. Next week he travels to Chicago for his first event back at Maui Jim HT to run in the Advanced division. Jess is also taking Remi, her Novice horse. Then Trevor will travel to Toronto with Kyle Carter and his horse Parker to run in the CIC3* division at Wits End. And if all goes well... ***drumroll please*** Jess, Trevor and I will leave at the end of August for England to run the Blenheim Castle CCI 3*. I am so excited about the trip, and really proud of both Jess and Trevor for coming so far in the past couple of years and being so ready for this challenge. It should be an awesome trip and we'll get to share it with some of our Canadian friends. Jessica Pheonix is also planning on taking her two 3* horses Digby and Tucker to Blenheim, and both Diana Burnett and Kyle are taking their horses Manny and Parker to run Burghley 4* the week before Blenheim.

So one step at a time. Here's to a great run next week at Maui Jim! Everyone say an extra prayer that all of our horses and riders stay sound and healthy this season!

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