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!
Lanzelot Eventing riders arrived in a convoy of 8 horse trailers on Thursday afternoon - the large crew had riders in every division. It was a wet, muddy weekend - it rained, and rained some more, then just when we packed up to leave - it rained again. Most of the paddocks had tents strapped to them and every tack up included a game-time decision of whether or not to screw in studs.
The Holmes-Smiths and Rowans were excellent hosts – with socials and campfires and a beautifully run event. There were constantly fixing the footing on the cross-country course to keep it safe and the free wine and beer (and someone brought ‘schnapps’ too) helped keep us all warm. It was a fantastic start to the 2016 show season!
With the great success in 2015 for Lanzleot Stables, the 2016 schedule sets the stage for bold opportunities and rewarding goals. With over 24 competitions potentially starting as early as February at Galway Downs and including eyes on Brazil for the Olympics in August, we can look forward to an amazing adventure together!
The complete schedule is in progress and will be posted shortly. The schedule will morph and expand as the year progresses to include several lectures and clinics at our home, Lanzelot Stables in Kamloops, BC.
We would also like to take a moment to introduce a valued member of our support team, Tiffany Burns from Performance Equine Therapy. Tiffany Burns is a certified Equine Sport Therapist with Performance Equine Therapy located in Kamloops, BC. Equine Sport Therapy is the therapeutic application of hands-on massage techniques for the purpose of increasing circulation, relaxing muscle spasms, relieving tension, enhancing muscle tone, and increasing range of motion in performance horses. In addition to these techniques, Tiffany also offers saddle fitting sessions and custom herb blends to help your horse achieve their optimum comfort and performance.
"Her thoughtful process has given me valuable information about how Femika's training is going." - Sara Sellmer
Thank you to Tiffany Burns for her dedication and ongoing professional services. For more information on Tiffany and Performance Equine Therapy please visit www.performanceequinetherapy.org
As for 2015, all the hard work and perseverance paid off. Awards were presented in Harrison Hot Springs at the HTBC award ceremony in November. Congratulations to all competitors!
HTBC Year End Awards 2015
HI POINT RIDER TROPHY - Recipient was Sara Sellmer at 135.5 pts
Awarded to the rider - Senior or Young Rider that has earned the most year end points, all divisions, all horses ridden in B.C. competition and for intermediate or 2 star level riders all recognized intermediate or 2 star level competitions competed at out of province in the current competition year.
OPEN INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
2nd Place Recipient was Sara Sellmer with TF Kreisler
Awarded in recognition of HTBC riders who have achieved success in International Competition at the Intermediate or 2 star level.
PRELIMINARY SENIOR DIVISION
4th Sara Sellmer with Good Times
TRAINING YOUNG RIDERS DIVISION
1st Allisa Taylor with Good Times
3rd Madeleine Scott with Mini Cooper
4th Madeleine Scott with Maxcima
PRETRAINING SENIOR DIVISION
4th Sara Sellmer with Midnight Tango II
2016 - GAME ON!