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.