All in all, it was an amazing week. Cadence and Levi finished 9th in Training 3-day division, checking off a goal of hers, plus proving Levi is ready for Prelim next season. Moose was amazing, and has found a big, forward stride we have been working towards all summer. Time was spent with friends I only see a few times a year, I got to enjoy a little "me" time, Abigail experienced her first taste of why we go south in the spring and fall. Caber Farm had amazing representation in the horse trials, CCI* and CCI**. 4 HT horses, 4 CCI** horses and 5 CCI* horses- not bad for a trip 2500 miles roundtrip!
But Chaos was the star of the week. We had our bobbles, but the last time we contested a CCI* he ran off w/ me in the trot, which resulted in a non-qualifying dressage score and the first CCI* we tried, he left strides out all over the place, resulting in a fall after fence 18. Needless to say, we had our demons to tackle.
Tackle we did. The work in the sandbox really showed, as we had our most amazing test to date, rideable, soft and good to finish the day on 50.9 for 21st out of 48. Nothing like knocking 27points off a dressage score and being only 10points behind the leader (one of my mentors, Tamra Smith) Cross Country was stiff and definitely a championship course. After an early run out, and a few strides being left out, we sorted out our communication issues and he was amazing. Once we sort out whose in charge from the beginning, we will be golden. The rail on Sunday was mine, after burying him to the triple bar, we were just unorganized. But as we trotted out of the arena, a major goal was accomplished- the CCI* completion on my homebred baby. He is 100% mine, quirks, naughtiness and all the good parts.
It is time to buckle down, get the young ones going, a few more sold and take away stirrups for my lesson clients. We will be back in the spring, ready to win but in the meantime, it is all about the process and the learning curve.
"Enjoy the Process"