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
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Trotting the triangle
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Sprinting across the long side ;)
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Waiting for results - the Chestnut on the right is the horse we tied/beat for 2nd.
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With her 2nd place ribbon
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Her only moment of impatience, waiting to trot for the Championship. Check out the crossed legs "Moooooom, I just wanna go!"
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With her Yearling Championship 4th place ribbon
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