After weeks of rain and cold weather along the west coast - the sun came out for the Mustang Powder Horse Trials at Chase Creek Eventing. There were exactly 100 horses entered and all the riders went home with a sunburn. This is one of Z-Eventing's favourite events and there were lots of Z-Riders and spectactors.
And once again it was an awesome event!! The organizers and volunteers created a very well run event and the courses were fun and fair! All the girls rode really well, and our stable management was outstanding. Hungarian Villian was a star for his first outing, Freesala was on point. My main mount, Rubia, is a gift. She is such a lovely mare and I so much fun on course with her. Triple Sec and I had a hard weekend, but I look forward to seeing what Maddi can do with her!
Everyone on the Z-Eventing team had a great event with lots of smiles and ribbons. There were a few dramatic moments that had everyone holding their breath - but everyone walked away smiling. Thank you to the Holmes-Smiths for their hard work and hospitality - we all appreciate this amazing Event you are hosting.
In the ribbons:
Tosca Holmes-Smith & Fiat 3rd(I) and 1st(II)
Sophie Click & Hot Wheels 4th(II)
Sophie Click & Fernhill Rising 5th(II)
Sara Sellmer & Rubia 1st(I) and 1st(II)
Lyndsay Whitehead & DKH Double Take 5th(I) and 3rd(II)
Tosca Holmes-Smith & Tom Riddle 6th(I) and 2nd(II)
Carmen Holmes-Smith & CC Fernie 2nd (I)
Kathleen Weare & Sadenno 4th(I) and 7th(II)
Abby Matheson & Northern Voyager 8th(I) ans 2nd(II)
Madeleine Scott & Crosby's Gold 8th(II)
Mia Poppleton & Sloan McQuick 1st(I) and 3rd(II)
Kendall Smith & Riddle Me This 5th(I) and 8th(II)
Savannah Harris & Paula Jane 8th(I)
Sara Sellmer & Freesala 1st(I) and 4th(II)
Sara Sellmer & Hungarian Villain 1st(II)
Olivia Anderson & Bright Street 5th(II)
(I) = ribbon won in Event #1
(II) = ribbon won in Event #2
On April 25 & 26 Rubia & I went to Aspen Farms for a Lucinda Green clinic. Lucinda is a British equestrian who was World Champion, two time European Champion and an Olympic Silver medalist. Now a selector for British teams, she is passionate about helping riders understand the way that horses think and react while tackling the challenge of the cross country course. She is a highly sough after clinician and one of my idols.
On the first day we did a bunch of technical lines with skinnies and different shapes - check out the video (https://www.facebook.com/ZEventing.ca/videos/777168979124892/) to see just how skinny! We worked on control and letting the horse "find " the fences. Lots of alternating between galloping fences, then coming back to tough lines.
On the second day we did cross country jumps in he arena because of the rain. With Lucinda's urging - I learned how to gallop again! I was told to " stop stuffing around and get on with it" and "To ride galloping fences, slow down, accelerate and then coil the springs". A very helpful inspiring weekend!
I'm coming home with lots of homework for myself and new ideas for coaching. And again, I am so grateful to Amy Click to be riding Tomlong Rubia this year.
2017 Eventing Schedule
Find it all right here: http://www.lanzeloteventingstables.ca/uploads/1/7/3/0/17306354/2017-calendar-events-zeventing.pdf
Everyone needs some ZEventing swag - so Ashley Sudds is making it happen. There are jackets, shirts, an apron and baseball caps. Order forms due by Feb 20th. Based on quantities ordered, the prices will change slightly. Payment is due by Feb 27th.
The logo patches are for sewing onto our own saddle pads. The Horse Barn can sew them on for us, Ashley might collect a pile of people's (labelled) pads to take to the Horse Barn for them to sew the patches on.
HTBC Clinics and Young Riders
Registration for the Spring Clinics is now open at horsetrialsbc.com - the Johvale Spring Clinic with coaches Sandra Donnelly, Dana Cook, Leohona Rowland, Maeve Drew, Brandy Saunders, Sara Sellmer and Sarah Bradley is one you don't want miss! It is on April 21-24 and there is also a Young Riders Social & Education Session.
Speaking of Young Riders... Young Riders is a program for all Horse Trial BC members 21 years of age and under. Please join this great group for exciting opportunities, support and encouragement! Young Riders initiatives run throughout the year! It DOES NOT MATTER at which level you compete, you are eligible to be part of the program. It cost $20 to join the program. Which is well worth it considering you can apply for a $100 subsidy to attend one of the HTBC Spring Clinics. Forms for both are at: http://www.horsetrialsbc.com/index.php/young-riders/young-rider-forms
You need to renew your Horse Council of BC membership - everyone riding with Sara or at Copper Hills needs to be a current member. And while your at it, you might as well renew your Horse Trials BC membership (you can do it in the HCBC renewal steps).
Aspen Farm Horse Trials was a total success for the small team of Z Eventing riders participating. Sara Sellmer, with head groom TJ Drake, and apprentice coach Madeleine Scott made the drive to Yelm, Washington to compete on 4 horses.
Sara and TF Kreisel (Brad) entered into the “Adequan USEA Advanced Level Gold Cup”. Sara also rode Triple Sec in the “Tin Men Supply Area VII Open Preliminary Championship” and Midnight Tango II in Open Preliminary. Madeleine was riding Eleanor Go Brightly in her debut at the Training Level.
All four partnerships had successful events! Triple Sec was foot perfect in her jumping phases and ended up in 9th place. Midnight Tango II ran his first Prelim event and was a total star in all phases - finishing in 5th place after a double clear cross country round. This was Eleanor Go Brightly first Training event – with Madeleine in the saddle, they improved their standings with each passing phase and the pair looked polished and are a very promising partnership.
The highlight was Brad’s great event and 2nd place finish. They started off on the right foot - tying for 2nd place with a 30.7 in dressage (even after Brad did some extra flying changes that weren't required). But people really started to notice when they came galloping in over the cross country finish line 20 seconds to spare and lots of horse left. They were the fastest time over the course – “Brad was fantastic. He was hunting all the jumps. I knew by fence 3 he was on, and then I just enjoyed it and let him do his thing. He got a bit long to the water, but he is so quick and honest it worked out.” They finished in 2nd place overall by .3 points!
Lots of press coverage was a bonus, people were watching:
Of course – it only ran so smoothly for everyone because of TJ's amazing work!
The past two weekends have had Z-Eventing on the road - first to the Mrs T Memorial Horse Trials at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre (MREC). Only a small crew went down - and 3 of the participants were in it for their first ever horse trials. Dr. Jennifer Jackson (who also happens to be our veternarian) went down on her new horse For Pleasure (Ari Gold) who was previously Sara Sellmer's Intermediate mount. And Sara brought down two new horses: Rivendell and Freesala. Veteran team Mia and Life of Reilly also made the trip.
Dreams do come true! And last weekend, Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre provided the background for one of the most amazing weekends of my life.
Somewhere among the chaos of being a soccer/ski mom and busy veterinarian I had forgotten I could have so much fun! This was my first horse trials ever and first equine competition in a very long time. Fortunately Ari Gold is an experienced and amazing horse; Sara Sellmer is a very generous and enthusiastic coach; TJ Drake is undeniably the most supportive person and Sally and Mia were so helpful getting me through my first show, and recording my first cross country course.
Every minute of the weekend was fun. From riding at twilight on Friday to picking up my ribbon on Sunday. I can't say enough about how great our Lanzelot team is and how valuable it was for me to invest in this adventure.
Results from Mrs T Memorial Horse Trials at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre (MREC)
And then there was The Event at Rebecca Farms...
This past weekend saw Sara and TJ went down to Montana with three horses and no less than four additional Z-eventing team members who made the trip to support, watch and have fun - but not ride. "The Event" at Rebecca Farms is beautiful, fun masterpiece of an event - every successful trip to Rebecca Farms is a dream come true.
Sara was riding three horses and finished in the ribbons on all three. TF Kriesler (Brad) was 2nd after dressage and cross country, he had two rails stadium and finished 7th. Triple Sec (Rowan) was 12th after dressage, moved up to 7th after a double clear cross country round and finished 4th with another double clear in show jumping and Midnight Tango II was 8th after dressage and finished 6th after clear rounds cross country and show jumping. We are so excited for our future with these amazing horses - there is no shortage of equine talent at Z-Eventing!!
The courses were beautiful, having the team there was great and party was fun! We can't wait for next year.
The Topline Stables Back to Back Horse Trials was a fantastic weekend for the Z-Eventing team of horses and riders. The weather was good and the courses were challenging but fair. The courses and the whole weekend flowed very well - we even got out on the lake on Saturday night between events - what a treat! All the students rode like champs and the horses were super. Thank you to King and Sonya and all the volunteers for a great event - we love Topline!!
In the ribbons....
(#1 and #2)
1st Sara Sellmer on Triple Sec (Rowan)
2nd Madeleine Scott on Strella
1st Sara Sellmer on Midnight Tango II
1st Sara Sellmer on Midnight Tango II
4th Harper Click on Rambo
2nd Kathleen Weare on Sadenno
6th Mia Poppleton on Life of Reilly
8th Emmy Gehring on Ari Gold
1st Kathleen Weare on Sadenno
2nd Sara Seller on Free Sala
4th Kendall Smith on Riddle Me This
1st Grace Cassidy on Geminie Cricket
5th Grace Cassidy on Geminie Cricket