Whitney Weston

Whitney Weston Eventing

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Whidbey and Rebecca Farms!

Photo by Cheval Photos, www.chevalphotos.com

July was a whirlwind with Team Weston! It all began at the beginning of July when Whitney took Ted, Thomas, and Lusty to Whidbey Island HT in WA. Both Ted and Lusty were in the Open
Intermediate division, and Thomas in Beginner Novice. At the end of the weekend, Thomas won his division by a whopping 9 points, and Lusty placed 6th. Being the only rider with two horses in OI, Whitney only had 20 minutes in between her xc rides!

Whitney and the gang rested for a few days at Aspen Farms in WA before heading straight over to Rebecca Farms in MT. They arrived almost a week early so that the horses and could adjust to the change in temperature and increased altitude. The early arrival also gave Whitney the opportunity to train with Hawley Bennett, Jean Moyer, and Jonathan Elliott.

First it was Thomas’s time to shine. In the 4yo Young Event Horse test, the horses are judged on their ability to become a successful four-star horse. Thomas had to be perfectly groomed for a jog to judge his conformation, a dressage test to judge his movement, and a jumping test to judge his gallop, attitude and jumping ability. This test occurred in the short span of an hour! He performed beautifully, (despite drooling all over Whitney in the jog), and jumped all the scary cross-country fences to finish 4th place out of all the 4year olds!

 Cross country for Ted and Lusty were very interesting! Whitney and Lusty were the first out on
OI. There was an unpleasant suprise 5 fences from home that some spectator tape had been left up in the galloping lane! Whitney had to think quickly and gallop to the end of the tape then find their way back on the path! The ground crew finally took it down after the next rider ran through the tape!

While sitting at the finish inbetween he two rides, Whitney was interviewed asked to be interviewed by Samantha from Eventing Nation. Here is the result!

http://eventingnation.com/home/2011/07/rock-on-rock-on-rose.html



They finished well, with Ted in 12th and Lusty in 9th.  The team arrived home safely, ready to rest for 2 weeks before returning to CA for another round!