|Partner love from Dr. Kim Keeton|
And they are not always the ones holding a ribbon on Day 3.
Greatness I saw included young T3DE rider Laura Duhamel, who walked into the secretary's office at the end of endurance day & withdrew. Although she & Fate's Patriot had only a single refusal on XC, she felt her horse just wasn't quite right & chose to take him home, putting her partner first so they could try again another day.
|Lost with a map like this? Surely not!|
But after hanging up her bridle, she stayed to help others with a big smile for the remainder of the competition. It earned her the award that is my favorite to give: the Sportsmanship Award.
Which included an autographed copy of Training of the Three-day Event Horse and Rider, with a handwritten note from author
It’s Never Just A Dressage Show
Just getting there is an accomplishment on its own. Completion of a long format event is yet another. So each & every entry gets my resounding applause.
|BN3DE Bonnie Coulter's grin says it all when she & 21-yr-old QH Otto Be Lucky finish Phase D (& place 5th!); thanks, Erica, for the WIN selfie!|
|Donkey gets Becky's happy face!|
Donkey Hote (I get to say his name again, yessss!), owned & ridden by Sue Goepfert; they were also a close 2nd both in the N3DE division & for the N3DE TIP award by a mere 2.9 points.
Lowest Scoring Adult Amateur, sponsored by BlackWatch Stables (must be a member of your Area Adult Rider program): Dr. Kim Keeton & Evita-Veron, T3DE division winners.
- Training – Louisa Flaig & Effenzauber
- Novice – Ann Bower & Prosecco
- Beginner Novice – Patricia Thompson & The Dark Knight
|Red Fury even pauses winningly|
- Novice 3DE – Paychecker, with Minge Wiseman, who also won the N3DE division on their stunning 28.1 dressage score.
- Beginner Novice 3DE – Red Fury, with our friend Nobie Cannon; they were 2nd in their division as well, behind winner Emma Boswell & Sprite by only 0.3 points!!
- Training HT – Laurelin, with Lisa Borgia, who also won the Open Training HT.
- Novice HT – Action Jackson, with Erin Kimmer, 4th in Open Novice on a lovely 27.3.
|Brad's mule is easy to spot|
From the first day I met him, during a long format clinic with Becky Holder, where I
Thank you to Horse Junkies United, The Cheraw Chronicle, & Leslie Threlkeld with Eventing Nation for your articles (including a new one just yesterday), social media sharing, & Leslie's onsite help not only with media, but as Assistant Organizer!
|BN3DE Don Warren & Sunny One adorably on their way to 6th|
|Sorry, you just got photobombed by a Holder AND a |
|JJ makes XC run smooth as silk; N3DE Heather King & CF Baltic Royal Tee|
If this were the Oscars, the band would have begun playing long ago; there are just too many thank you’s to clinicians, farm staff, volunteers, builders, riders & more, but hey, I did write a program for that…
It takes more than a village, really, it takes something akin to a metropolis, but the result…even I don’t have enough words to encompass it. And while I can’t give away any secrets, 2016 is going to be even bigger, with even more features!
Have you started your trot sets yet?
|N3DE Samantha Messamer & Finn McCool contemplate next year's plan|