Although rain and high winds dominated the first two days of last weeks Camden Horse Show, come Friday we has sunshine a-plenty and perfect temperatures to match!
This has always been one of my favorite shows. The showgrounds has a low key charm to it, emphasized by the quaint and charming town of Camden itself. But hiding behind this lies the first true test of how prepared we are for the season ahead. The jumps are always bigger than what we've seen all winter, and as to be expected, the courses and tests are becoming more technical and challenging as the season is progressing.
Once again we had solid rounds with minor mistakes only here and there, and everyone came home confident and with added valuable mileage.
Mack and Olivia kicked us off with the tricolors in both the 3'3 Open Hunters and the Modified Adults. Additionally, Mack was also Reserve Champion on her second horse in the division, SRF Miles.
Additional tricolor awards went to Lissette in the Pre Adult Equitation division, Olivia in the regular Younger Adults and Adi, reserve champion in the low childrens jumpers.
Maren was able to show her young horse, Captivo for the very first time and did a great job at only his third horse show. This was so rewarding for us, as Maren has been a long time client and has been so patient and trusting with us in developing this young horse.
In the pony ring, Emma missed the reserve champion spot by one point in the medium pony division, producing solid rounds. At home we've been trying to emphasize how important it is to maintain the quality of Tilly's canter throughout the whole course and it really clicked here, resulting in bold, accurate rides.
Kylie tackled the bigger jumps well in the Large pony division, and gathered valuable miles and confidence. She was fourth out of a huge group in the WIHS, on only her first time trying it.
On the Equitation front, Remy and Mack are inching closer and closer to the Fall finals with top finishes in all the major Big Eq classes. They finished second and fourth in the USEF Medal, both testing over fences, which involved leaving their irons at the gate prior to completing a shortened over fences course at a solid 3'"6. Like I mentioned earlier, things are starting to get real!! I
dont think they had to work quite as hard for their top finishes in the Washington, Maclay and EJ Haun!
Emma took the top call in the WIHS Pony Medal and Olivia the top call in the Ariat Adult Medal.
We had a great time, and now its time for a few weeks homework before two weeks of Aiken at Bruces Field, another favorite of mine!