The East Coast Future Event Horse Championships were held today at the Virginia Horse Center in conjunction with the Virginia Horse Trials. Cavalina had been to 3 FEH shows this summer - with 2nd, 4th & 7th place finishes, so I decided to make the trek to championships.
We left our house (between Annapolis & Baltimore, MD) at 6:40 this morning and headed to Lexington, VA. Between Washington DC traffic and stopping for a bathroom break, we didn't get to the show grounds until 11:10... but it was a beautiful drive through the Shenandoah Valley - right between the Shenandoah & Blue Ridge Mountains for most of the drive and the leaves were soooo colorful!
When we took Cav off of the trailer she settled in within 5 minutes and just hung out eating grass. She pulled a few "stunts" when we started practicing our trot before entering the ring, but once she was in there she was a star! When we came out they announced that we had a 72.1 and were tied for 1st! The last filly ended up getting a 73.4, so we were bumped into 2nd, but still won the tie based on her walk score.
The top two horses from the Yearling Fillies & Yearling Colts/Geldings classes were invited back for the Yearling Championship. By this time, I think she was getting a bit tired - she still showed great and we ended up 4th in that class (we did have the lowest score going in - the 2 colts had higher scores than the filly who won).
I'm estatic that we didn't come in last, as that was a recurring theme at her shows this year - she either does REALLY well or she's last. The 4 hour drive was WELL worth it. It was a great experience and she's proving herself to be quite the show horse - she hung out quietly (a first!) at the trailer between classes, loaded and unloaded perfectly, stood for her bath and braiding last night and hauled like a pro.
Can't wait for next year when we lose the awkward yearling-ness ;)
Ok, without further ado - PICTURES!
Walking the triangle FEH Championships 008.jpg
Trotting the triangle FEH Championships 009.jpg
Sprinting across the long side ;) FEH Championships 010.jpg FEH Championships 012.jpg
Waiting for results - the Chestnut on the right is the horse we tied/beat for 2nd. FEH Championships 013.jpg
With her 2nd place ribbon FEH Championships 017.jpg
Her only moment of impatience, waiting to trot for the Championship. Check out the crossed legs "Moooooom, I just wanna go!" FEH Championships 019.jpg
With her Yearling Championship 4th place ribbon FEH Championships 022.jpg