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Aiken 2018: Part 2

Jun 01 2018

In March, Cullen and I headed back down to Aiken, SC for Part 2 of our spring training.  The highlight of the trip was competing at the gorgeous Stable View Farm Horse Trials.

Day 1: Cullen and I left Lexington early in the morning to haul down to Aiken.  Surprisingly, the weather was a lot cooler and wetter in March than it was in February. 

Day 2: It rained quite a bit off and on all day.  Cullen and I got a dressage lesson from Elissa where we worked on moving his haunches in and out on a circle to increase his suppleness and engagement.

Day 3: A group of us headed to The Vista where I was able to cross country school a bunch of the beginner novice and novice jumps.

Day 4: I had a show jumping lesson at the farm where we continued to work on course work.

Day 5: A group of us went to the Appletree Schooling Show where Cullen and I did 2 rounds of the novice show jumping course.   Despite some issues with the 2 stride combination, I was excited about how the jumps were starting to feel little again.

Day 6: Cullen and I took a day off from training to go on a relaxing trail rise at Hitchcock Woods with friends.  Unfortunately a turkey that was roosting decided to fall out of a tree and spook the group of horses.  I had to track down Cullen on foot (he headed back to the trailers) but was able to get back on and enjoy the rest of the ride.

Day 7: My final show jumping lesson in Aiken.  I will miss jumping outside in Sally’s large jump field.

Day 8: A group of us went to Full Gallop Farm where I was able to cross country school most of the beginner novice and novice jumps.

Day 9: We had another dressage lesson to prep for the horse trial.  We ran through our test and got advice from Elissa on how to improve for the next day.  Later that day we went to Stable View Farm to check in at the show and walk the cross country course. 

Day 10: We competed in the Open Beginner Novice division at the Stable View Horse Trial.  Cullen had a great dressage test followed by an enthusiastic show jumping and cross country rounds to finish on his dressage score of 30.8.  We ended up 4th in the open division (1st place amateur) and we took home a check in addition to a ribbon.  My first time winning prize money at an event!

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Day 11: I packed up the truck and trailer and headed home.  I am excited about the progress we made during the February and March training camps and I’m excited to see what Cullen and I can do this year.

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What’s Next: Cullen and I will begin the show season in Kentucky starting with the Spring Bay HT in April.

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