Thursday, August 5, 2010

Millbrook Advanced - 2010 PRO Tour Event Series by Lauren Kieffer

Hey everyone, I'm happy to be blogging for PRO this weekend at Millbrook Horse Trials. Today was the start of dressage with alot of Advanced, some Training, and the Novice and Beginner Novice competing. I am competing Abigail Gille's Ultra Tim in his first Advanced this weekend and he was really great today. He scored a 35.9 and is sitting in 2nd behind Nate Chambers and Rolling Stone. Tim gave me a lovely ride, but he's a horse with a lot of heart and a real trier so it is always rewarding when his effort equals good results. He is a 10 year old rescue horse and has a tattoo so he is most likely off the track.

I had a walk around the Advanced cross country and it's a good track with legitimate questions and will reward horses and riders that have a good galloping balance with the undulating terrain. I have only been here once before four years ago doing my very first Advanced with Tigger Too and there have been some great changes since then, especially the lovely new huge arena across the street for the dressage and show jumping.

I have a quiet day tomorrow with only one to compete in the training, Chuck Akre's Take Two, so you will most likely hear from me again after cross country on Saturday. If you live in the area it would be worth the drive to come out and watch. There are several WEG potentials running so you will see a lot of quality horses and riding out there and you can see a good portion of the course from the hill next to the water.

Check back in for more updates and interviews from PRO!

PRO rider Madeline Blackman gamely does her very first video interviews of Nate Chambers, in first place with Rolling Stone II on a 32.2, and Lauren Kieffer

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