Courtney and Dante led off the weekend competing at the Beginner Novice. They put in a very good dressage test, scoring nearly 75%. Adding a clean cross country round, and only a rail in stadium jumping, they finished in 1st place. A new addition to the Event Team, Havasu Canyon competed in his first horse trials. Riding at Novice, he and Courtney did well in all three phases with a single rail in stadium jumping dropping them from 2nd to just out of the ribbons in 9th. Moving up to compete at Training, Chocolate did well in the dressage and stadium jumping, but some trouble at the water jump on cross country, dropped him out of the ribbons.
Christine Weir joined the Team in Aiken for her first competition of the year. Riding Amadeus, she did well in all three phases, using a clean cross country round, a single rail in stadium jumping to finish in 5th place. Emily Hamel riding Grenadier Guard, and Sara Gartland riding Always a Lady both moved back up to Preliminary. Each had some ups and downs to their weekends, but horses and riders came home safe and sound.