Last weekend, DH and I went down to Virginia for the last leg of the Old Dominion Triple Crown: Fort Valley. Sultan was in the running for the Triple Crown and I was lucky enough to find a couple horses to ride for friends.
On Friday, I rode a friend's 6 year old mare in her 2nd 50 - the mare is Gamer's half sister!! I was super honored to be asked to ride her (her owner was up for the triple crown with her other horse, so needed to ride him).
The OD trails are tough but gorgeous. This ride in particular is one of my favorites, as the views are fantastic. This year, with some new trail, was no exception. While there were still plenty of OD rocks, there was lots of nice footing too.
At the end of the day, we finished the ride with great vet scores and a youngster who found her "downhill" gear. I couldn't have been more pleased with how she handled herself all day. To finish tied for 14th (much higher up than we expected) was just an added bonus.
On Saturday, I rode a true trailmaster (over 5100 endurance miles!) with DH in the 30 miler. Nobody told my horse he was supposed to be semi-retired and taking it easy and we burned up the trails, having a blast.
At the end of the day, DH and Sultan were 9th and I was 11th (I just happened to let the junior rider we spent some of the day with get to the pulse area before us
). Not only did Sultan get his Triple Crown, he got high vet score!!