It was great to finally be back in the show ring after spending most of 2014 on the sidelines due to a riding accident. As always, my students never cease to make me proud.
Sarah Borns earned her First and Second Level scores for her USDF Bronze medal on her pony, Cordelia’s Dreamgirl. I also showed “Haley” at Second Level, and she did great in her first year of showing, with scores over 65%. Sarah and Haly moved to North Carolina at the end of 2015, and they are missed.
Debbie Olsen earned a 70% at a recognized show with her beloved Kasey, her goal for 2015.
Marsha Mason rode her Third Level freestyle this year on her homebred horse, Rulet. This has been a goal Marsha has had for a very long time, and it was wonderful to see her achieve it. I also brought “Rudy” out at Prix St. Georges and while he had a difficult time with the atmosphere at Dressage at Lexington, he had many highlights, including earning 7s on both canter pirouettes. I’m looking forward to getting him out more in 2016 to get him more relaxed so he can get the scores I know he is capable of getting.
The icing on the cake was the BLM Finals, where my students earned Champion (Shera Solomon with Sharon Pinchler’s Merlin), 5th (Shera Solomon with her own Dolce) and 10th (Debbie Olsen with her own Kasey) in the Training Level A Final, and 6th and 8th (Shera Solomon with Dolce and Merlin) in the First Level A Final.
A huge thank you to all of my wonderful clients who are so supportive. Here’s to great things in 2016.