|Making Advanced 17A look easy|
Warning: many words follow, take your pee break now!!
*Photos can be clicked to embiggen. No, I have not mastered the 'selfie' & don't know why I appear compelled to hold phone 20' in the air*
Definitely not boring, a beautiful day for Preliminary/Intermediate/Advanced Cross-Country at Five Points Horse Trials, but I would've been ok with "slightly less eventful." (pun not intended)
I'm going to bet that quite a few folks would agree on the latter!
|TD Bobby Stevenson briefs us|
Although we always hope the "doesn't work" part is a simple run-out or refusal.
Horses insist on being horses though, & no matter where, how well-prepared, well-designed, or even what discipline, for lack of a more concise summation, "shit happens."
If you were following online through our feed or Event Entries great scoring service, you already know that BFF & I had a busy morning jump judging at I fences 17 & 18A/B, a challenging accuracy & planning question on the Intermediate course:
I intend a follow-up post including the many fantastic rides we saw & a breakdown of our fences for each level. So I'm not going to delve into much detail here, but I want to share some of the parts that unfailingly remind me why I love eventing: the people.
|They need this shirt!!|
However, (& I'm still sleuthing out the department to name) all of you were calmly expedient, compassionate, on your A-game, & took over rider care like a well-oiled machine. I know first-hand that when you're the person on the ground, hearing kindness & confidence from your caregivers means everything.
|JJ, why do I always look rabid?|
(Dutton, give me time to write down the previous rider's number before attempting to lap them! Kidding - but whatever is in that man's cereal, I obviously need some!)
JJ is not only on the ball as Incident Commander, but she is a true master cat herder. From sitting next to her, learning that side of the mike while working Endurance Day control at So8ths 3DE, I can promise you that it is no easy task keeping track of horses, questions, & runners over a network of volunteers ranging from veteran to "wait, so the horse has to go BETWEEN the flags?"
With 3-5 channels in front of her, JJ still keeps everyone safe, connects officials to volunteers to EMTs to scorers, every time. And she can even do it with a smile. Amazing isn't a big enough word.
|Miriam hooks us up!|
|CD Marc Donovan: "Don't wrinkle the shirt!"|
THANK YOU - to our favourite course builder (we can't help it, he's hilarious AND mad talented), Tyson Rementer, and his crew, always on hand for spares & repairs.
I'm convinced that Tyson shares the ability to teleport with Boyd Martin, who I swear materialized out of thin air when our first rider fell (Seriously, it's uncanny how many times Boyd is present when things diverge from the plan! But THANK YOU, too, for never hesistating to jump in & help!).
I know I'm hyperfocused both when I ride & judge XC, but as I hit the ground next to the rider to keep her still & talking (screaming's ok too, you can't scream without breathing, just stay with me & scream in a manner that lets me know you're not going to pass out, that's better for both of us) until Medical arrived, all of a sudden, a very familiar Aussie voice chimed in right next to my ear: "Just be still, they'll be here right away, you'll be okay."
|Speak of the devil: Boyd & Welcome Shadow own it|
There are, of course, MANY more, but I won't wear out your scroll button.
And How Are Our Riders?
Of the three falls at our I fence (A & P were nicely uneventful), Tiffini at 18B popped up quickly & her horse galloped back to stabling in fine form, so both appeared luckily none the worse for wear.
|Happy photos: Doug Payne & Vandiver (5th, A) land with eyes on target|
And I'm so sorry I had to make you lay on what hurt you most until Medical arrived, I was hurting right along with you, but no spinal injuries on my watch if I can help it!
|Photos AND horses need compression; Doug gets it done!|
They left in excellent hands to get the good drugs & a thorough check alongside some hopefully peripheral repairs. Hopefully both, along with Will Faudree, who suffered a solid whack at the fence after ours, will be on the mend quickly!!
|And Vandiver jumps out of the Advanced line, textbook|
Bests to everyone today, have a great ride, & do your best to keep the steel side down!
|Seriously, both these coolers were in the volunteer tent, we all should have chosen from the bottom one!|