Courtney competed with Sport at Training, Vendi Spring at Novice, and Believe in the Stars (Bits) at Beginner Novice. Sidney Baughman rode Dances with Falcons (Taz) at Beginner Novice. Dressage and stadium jumping were in the sunshine on Saturday. Sunday brought over an inch of rain for cross country.
Sport led things off, doing very well in dressage, scoring 31.4 and placing 2nd of 17 horses. He jumped well in stadium adding a rail to slip to 5th place. Courtney and Sport braved the rain (see XC photo below) to jump clear on cross country and move up to finish 3rd.
Vendi, who was moving up to Novice also did quite well on Saturday, scoring 29.5 to place 5th of 22 horses. He jumped clear in stadium to remain in 5th. By the time for Vendi’s cross country, it was really pouring, and Courtney joined 25 other Novice riders in deciding that it was best not to run.
Bits, who was competing in the first horse trials of her career, put in a good dressage test, placing 8th of 15. She went on to jump clear in stadium jumping, moving up to 7th. Since it stopped raining well before her cross country time, Courtney and she competed. They did well, but unfortunately Courtney directed her over Novice fence 10, instead of Beginner Novice fence 10, resulting in a technical elimination.