WHEEE!!! A great day at Maui Jim HT on Thursday… Today was the day for the Young Event Horse competition! Ryan scored an outstanding 8+ on his conformation! Then he continued to perform a quiet, relaxed, connected, through dressage test…. He was gorgeous! He LOVED the big time atmosphere and he was absolutely stellar. He was very brave and easy in the showjumping, though mildly unimpressed by the 3′ course, which he thought was tiny. He was amazing, and I was so thrilled with him…. The quality of the YEH here was amazing, with a large quantity of world class youngsters that would make any event rider drool… And yet, even with the impressive quality of the company, Ryan WON!!!! He scored over the 70 mark, which is the “exceptional” mark required to earn a qualifier for the AEC’s!
Dolce was great at his first big outing… He thought that the speaker system was sending him back to the track, though, so the dressage test was a mix of gorgeous and highly athletic bucking…haha! He is still very green, so the 3′ course to him was big and scary, with lots of walls and planks and without ground lines. But he tried very hard, and scored an excellent jump score of 7.5, an exceptionally good score and the highest jump score of all the 4yo’s…. He has an AMAZING, extravagent form over fences!!! He was excellent, and also managaged a qualifying score for the AEC’s! (And hoping by then we’ll be a little less green…. 🙂
Excellent day! Dressage for the big boys tomorrow….