Dale, Mack, Adi and Emma made the relatively short trip up to Culpeper last week and were rewarded with a fun, productive trip and a lot of yield.
Mack placed fourth in the USEF Medal, second in the Culpeper Equitation classic and sixth in the Maclay. At this horse show last year, she competed in the zone jumper championships, earning the silver medal and taking with her an unforgettable experience. This year, the Championship ran again, and it was a great thing for Adi to experience as a spectator, with the goal of competing in them herself next year in the high childrens division.
I know that I repeat myself frequently with regards to these "special" classes and competitions, but the value of these such experiences absolutely cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to the growth of a rider.
In terms of her own showing, once again Adi pulled out high placings in the uber competitive low childrens jumpers, earning second and third out of 20+ entries.
Emma and Tilly bought their A game, earning the tri colors in the medium pony division, winning 3 out of the 4 over fences classes and placing second in the under saddle and qualifying for the 2018 Pony Finals. It is also worth noting that this is the fifth year in a row that Tilly has qualified for Pony Finals at still only nine years old. She is definitely becoming a mainstay of the pony division.
Additionally, Emma won the Washington medal and was third in the Marshal and Sterling medal. The win in the Washington guaranteed her a spot at the prestigious Washington International Horse Show.
Mack, Adi and Emma in Culpeper
Reality at home has asserted itself quickly. Dale and I had three girls this year head off to the beautiful and unpainted part of their lives that is college. Mack, Remy and Bri have all been part of the Greystone family for so long that it is difficult to remember our lives without them. While I would never be so presumptious as to say that it feels like we helped to raise them, the insurmountable hours and experiences that we have spent with them certainly makes them feel like our very own family members.
I don't think that a blog post would be complete without mentioning this, and also how proud we are of all three.
Not all doom and gloom though, Maddie purchased Bri's beloved Porter to show in the medal classes which is so thrilling as he is such a special horse, who we are so thrilled to be able to keep in the barn. Also, only yesterday Mack reminded me that all three will be back showing with us next summer, with specific goals of the Bryan Jones Finals. In fact, she again reminded me, half of that finals could be made up of the Greystone crew. I was bought back to reality with a thump. Can my nerves handle that????
Watch this space to find out!
Me and Remy
Mack, Remy and Mr Cool
Me, Dale and bri