Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Florida International 3- Day Event

The CW Event Team returned home last Monday from the Florida International CCI 2*/CCI 1* and HT located in Ocala, FL.
I pulled out of Carriage Station early Monday morning on April 12th to head back to Longwood. On Monday and Tuesday I was able to get lessons from Karen. Simba felt great and his lengenthings have gotten much better because he is so much stronger. On Wednesday we moved the horses over to the Florida Horse Park to complete the In- Barn inspections for the three FEI horses that made the trip.
On Thursday Simba did his first formal CCI 1* jog. He behaved very well and passed easily. Later that same day Simba and I did our Dressage test.
Simba was very obedient in the ring and scored a 54.10 putting us in a tie for 9th place. On Friday, I walked the CCI 1* course for Amanda and myself and also the CCI 2* course with Suzie. Simba enjoyed a nice hack around the park on Friday.
On Saturday, Simba ran cross country. We went later in the day so heat could have easily been a factor. Optimum Time for the CCI 1* was 7:10. Of course, in the end, heat was not a factor. Simba went out on course and went right to work. He was dead on everywhere and never drifted off any line. We jumped a double clean round. He came into the finish vet box with a temperature of 102.1 and a respiration of about 90 and on his second check his temperature was down to 101 and respiration under 80. He cooled down very quickly.
Sunday morning Simba looked great as we headed up for our final inspection. The Ground Jury passed him without hesitation. The CCI 1* horses were to start their Show Jumping at 12:30. The course seemed to pose some issues as I watched rails fall all morning in the OI and CCI 2* divisions. Simba and I went in to show jumping and dropped three rails early in the course. Once I came through fences 5a & 5b, we both seemed to get on the same page and I rode the canter he had to the fences and he did not touch another rail.
It feels great to have completed Simba’s first CCI 1* event with a qualifying score. I started this horse from the beginning and we made it here together. He will get a little bit of a break before we start up again and our homework this summer will be in the dressage and show jumping areas. I may be making some changes to my summer and fall calendar so be sure you check back often.
I want to thank everyone for a great weekend and I’d like to thank my Mom for coming with me to Florida to support me and watch Simba successfully complete his first CCI 1*! To see Simba in action you can visithttp://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/Orderpage.aspx?pi=00FD00GN6U0019&po=19&pc=91 to see all the pictures from the weekend.

Spring Bay HT

The CW Event Team was in full swing this past weekend. We stayed close to home and took some of the greener horses to Spring Bay Horse Trials. The weather was perfect and it was nice to see everyone out having a great time.
I rode five horses total in the Beginner Novice and Novice divisions and had seven students competing at various levels. Here is a recap of the horses I rode this weekend.
Ready For April completed his 2nd event. He scored a 39.5 in dressage and finished 7th in the Open BN division on that score. He felt very brave and confident this weekend in both jumping phases.
Gointoseattle (owned by Gay Darcie), also competed in the Open BN division. This was his first event. He scored a 40.5 in dressage and finished 9th on that score adding no additional penalties. This OTTB was very relaxed in all three phases.
One, Two, Three Step was off to a great start this weekend scoring a 34.8 in dressage and jumping clean around the show jumping course. Unfortunately, Saturday night he somehow cut his leg in the field and I decided to withdraw him from competition on Sunday.
I entered Maggie in the Open Novice division where she scored a 30.5 in dressage and added no additional penalties to her score and finished 5th. This mare will be moving up to Training level at May Daze. She has been very successful and consistent at Novice and we are ready to continue that at Training.
Action Now scored a 42.5 in dressage and show jumped clean on Saturday. Sunday morning found us with lots of dew on the ground and only front shoes and no stud holes. Action Now had a “slip” before the water and although I did not have to circle, we did not take the most direct route into the water and picked up and additional 20 penalty points. We did manage to wiggle up to it and once he saw it, he went right in and through.
I am currently on my way back down to Ocala, Fl to compete and coach at the Florida CCI 1* and CCI 2* competition that will begin with in- barns on Wednesday and CCI 1* dressage on Thursday after the first formal inspection. I will spend the next few days taking a lesson or two from Karen and David, teaching Amanda Volle, my groom on her CCI 1* mount, Lucky Teddy, as well as riding Suzie Romej’s mare, Let’s Be Frank, until she arrives in FL later in the week to compete in the CCI 2*.
My Mom, Kitty Wieschhoff, is traveling along with me to see Simba compete in his first CCI 1*. As many of you know, Simba is out of my 4* mare that my Mom found for me many years ago in England. This weekend will be very special for her and she wanted to be here, in person, to see Simba compete!
I will keep you posted as the weekend unfolds!

The Fork Horse Trials

We are currently on our way home from The Fork Horse Trials located outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. The CW Event Team had a GREAT weekend. Simba continues to raise his game. He was very strong and confident this weekend.

Simba and I were tied for 5th with a 33.0 after our dressage test on Thursday. On Saturday we show jumped and Simba left all the rails in the cups moving us up to a 3rd place tie. The cross- country course was big and technical as I knew it would be, which is why I choose The Fork Horse Trials to be our last run before the CCI 1* in Ocala. After walking the course, I knew he was ready. We jumped around clean and add only 2.8 time faults to our score. We ended up with a 6th place finish over all.

The CW Event Team has a very busy two weeks ahead. Spring Bay is next weekend where I am riding several horses and coaching. Be sure to call the farm for course walk times. Then, on Monday April 12th the team will be repacked and headed back to Ocala to prepare the CCI horses for their Wednesday in- barns.

Call me to schedule lessons. Slots are filling up quickly! Good luck to everyone at Spring Bay next weekend!