Southern Pines Horse Trials – Raeford, South Carolina. March 16-18, 2007

Stopping on our way home, five horses competing at this event at the Carolina Horse Park. Competing at Preliminary were Courtney on Lord Robert, Emily Hamel on Grenadier Guard (Declan), Sara Gartland on Always a Lady, and Christine Weir on Amadeus. Courtney also competed on Havasu Canyon at Training.

For dressage on Friday we were met with pouring rain and temperatures falling into the 30s. All did well in the dressage, with Emily, Sara, and Christine all finishing in the top ten in the Young Riders Division. Courtney and Bob also placed in the top ten in their division, and Courtney and Havasu put in an good test. The weather improved greatly on Saturday for stadium jumping. Everyone had good rounds, with Emily and Declan, leading the way with a double clear round.

On cross country, Courtney & Bob lead off things with a good round, marred by a glance off at a tricky combination. Unfortunately, Emily and Declan followed a little too closely in their footstep duplicated the same feat. A change in strategy was chosen for Sara and Christine who approached the jumps on a different line, solving that problem. Sara jumped clean adding only some time to her score. Christine encountered a little difficulty elsewhere on the course. At Training, Courtney and Havasu had a great round finishing double clear. All of the horses finished out of the ribbons.