Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cross Country at Millbrook by Lauren Bliss Kieffer

The weather could not have been more perfect today here at Millbrook for cross country. They did a great job getting the footing ready for the Advanced, I saw them out there aerating late last night and all the riders certainly appreciated their efforts.
This was Ultra Tim's first advanced and he could not have been any better. He really had a foot perfect round and never seemed surprised by any of the questions. In the end I regretted not going faster and I moved down several places from 2nd but hindsight is always 20/20 and in the long run hopefully Millbrook HT will not be the highlight of Tim's career.
The course ran very well for most of the Advanced horses with a lot of clean rounds and just a couple of rider falls. Nate Chambers was the only person to make time and held on to his lead in the Advanced-A division and Buck Davidson moved into the top two spots in the Advanced- B. I didn't hear of any scary rides and if anyone had taken a close look at the vertical gates at fence 8 and the vertical before the water they would have seen that they have figured out a way to frangible pin them so that if they are hit with force the top rail falls off.
There are some gaps in the scores but the placings could get mixed up quite a bit tomorrow depending on how the show jumping course rides.

Wish us luck and we will write back tomorrow!

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