"Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships" Michael Jordan
The Greystone crew got home from the NCHJA Annual show on Sunday night. Historically, this is a hard show. Its hot, the days are looonnngg, there are a million rings, spread a ways apart. There's added pressure with the show hosting North Carolinas Equitation finals. The committee made some welcome changes this year which helped us tremendously and which we much appreciated. The biggest of which was probably holding two of the Finals on Friday night and two on Saturday night versus three on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. I for one hope that this schedule remains.
We had some awesome results, and as I round them off, I want to make note of the awesome sportsmanship and teamwork from all related to Greystone.
Remy and Vegas 7th USHJA National derby
I thought the courses for the Finals this year were excellent. They were inviting, for a pressure class, provided options in the bending lines, making the emphasis on track and rhythm and gave plenty of opportunity to showcase adjustability and control with some inside turn options, should you wish to take them.
A 6th place in the EJ Haun finals for Remy kicked us off, followed Saturday night with a 3rd place finish for Adi and an 8th place finish for Maddie in the Childrens finals.
Following this was the Bryan Jones final, where Bri rode the round of her life to finish 7th.
Everybody who rode did so wonderfully. These classes are pure pressure cookers and anything can go right or wrong on any particular day. A friend of ours once told us that the only way to get used to the pressure of these classes is to keep throwing the riders in to the fire until it doesn't burn quite so hot. Adi in particular did a great job handling the pressure of making the call back for the top four and having to test over fences.
Adi and Maddie with their medal finals ribbons
As for the rest of the show, other notable achievements were Emma being Champion in the Raleigh Hunters, winning both over fences classes out of 15+ horses, and being 6th in her first ever classic on Alabama
Remy was 7th in the USHJA National Derby, and won the Maclay buying her a ticket to the Regionals
Adi was 1st and 2nd in the Low Child Jumpers, earning her the Tri Colors once again.
Emma and Tilly, Champion Raleigh Hunters
The younger adults, as to be expected were huge and highly competitive. Bri garnered a 6th and 7th over fences and a 6th place in the 2018 Bryan Jones Medal
Olivia won the 2018 Bryan Jones Medal out of a very competitive group on our much beloved Beach Cruiser, a catch ride for Olivia. Together they put in a beautiful round.
Mack was 4th in the Maclay, inching up her points and rode the fur off of SRF Miles in the 3'3 Junior Hunters to great ribbons. She rode fantastic all week long.
Mack and Remy with their Maclay ribbons
Robyn was 6th in the pre adult classic and also 6th and 7th over fences. This was another big group and a great result from a pair who haven't shown since November.
Kylie and Otto were 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Large Pony division, making very few mistakes.
A second in the older childrens under saddle out of 13 entries was a great result for Maddie and Essie, as was the 5th place over fences.
Once again, I would like to touch on the sportsmanship displayed by everyone. Every night people stayed late to cheer each other on. Great results were met with equal joy and everyone pitched in to make sure horses were at the ring on time. It made me super proud.
Bri and Porter with their 7th place Finals ribbon