Monday, March 21, 2011
Assistant trainers Carina, Nikki, and Courtney kept Westwood in full swing while and Hillary and I took Ted, Thomas, and Lusty to southern California. The ponies were so patient on the long 19 hour drive! The first show was at Three Day Ranch in Aguanga, CA. The drive there was tricky! The scenery reminded me of the landscape from the roadrunner cartoons, it was that windy and rugged. A 7% downhill, dip, then 7% uphill was the really challenging part with the large horse trailer!
And what a beautiful cross country course in the middle of the desert! We had to calm ourselves down for dressage day, with Ted scoring a 27.3, and Thomas a 30 in his very first recognized event! Lusty was a bit feisty, but not nearly as much as I expected! It seems all the calm steady dressage work has really helped her mentally.
The show jumping and cross-country went beautifully, with both Ted and Thomas going clean and finishing on their dressage scores!! Ted finished only 3 points behind first, and Thomas won his very first event!
We are now settled in Temecula at Kingsway Farm with Hawley Bennett. I am so excited to work with her and Lusty. Lusty has come a long way in her dressage since Hawley saw her last!
This week we will train at Kingsway, possibly go back to gallop at Three-Day, a Derby on Sunday!
Stay tuned for more Team Weston adventures!!