Friday, April 8, 2011
Show season for Westwood began with a bang! Whitney and working student Hillary took Ted, Thomas, and Lusty to southern California. The first show was at Three Day Ranch in Aguanga, CA. The 20 hour drive was well worth it when Royal Heights and Whitney finished on their dressage score of 27.3, and Hillary on Accelerate WON their maiden event!
The Event Derby at Galway
After success at 3-Day, the team drove to Temecula, CA, where they stayed with Canadian Olympian Hawley Bennett at Kingsway Farm. The very next weekend Galway Downs, just across the street, held one of the “Event Derby Series” competitions. After a dressage test, horses went out to the cross country course to jump natural fences mixed in with water and show jumps. This was a great way for the horses to stay tuned up in between competitions. Both Ted and Thomas finished 2nd in their divisions! Check out Westwood Stable’s youtube page for videos of Ted’s jump round, Thomas’s dressage test, and Lusty’s dressage test.
Buck Davidson Clinic
Rock-On Rose (Lusty) was aching to jump, so Whitney rode her in the Buck clinic at Kingsway. So much fun and so much learned! Snippets of the training sessions on youtube.
Galway Downs International Horse Trials
Last but not least, Ted moved up to Prelim with Whitney at Galway. A good score put the pair tied for 5th after dressage, then a clean and fast ! cross country ride landed them in 1st! The point spread was tight, but wide enough that Whitney and Royal Heights won with a rail in hand. With a great start to the show season, we look forward to a long and successful year!
WELCOME NEW SPONSORS!
Team Weston is honored to be working with ECP, Equine Comfort Products, who specialize in Australian Murino Sheepskin. I test rode their “Air Ride” Pad at Galway and was seriously impressed! After running one of the fastest cross country rounds in my level, Ted was not sweaty under his pad at all! Check out their products at www.equinecomfort.com
Bailey Veterinary is returning to support Team Weston for the 2011 season. Check out their excellent care at www.baileyveterinary.com or call them at 541-673-4403!
Thank you to all my sponsors, this is shaping up to be an exciting year!