Saturday, August 14, 2010

Woodside Horse Trials Begins by Tamra Smith

Its the first day of competition here at Woodside Horse Park, in addition it will be PRO's first PRO/AM Team competition here on the West Coast. The weather is beautiful and the dressage competition was stellar today.
The facility here at the Woodside Horse Park is first class! We entered in the future event horse competition and the 2 yr old we entered "Irish Blend" bred as an Irish Sport Horse placed 2nd in the class. I was a bit nervous as I have never
shown in that type of class before. The mare has been stellar and really had a wonderful experience as her first time being braided and shown. Looking forward to more to come.

C.S.I. is a young horse that I have been riding and he was pretty amazing in the dressage today scoring a 30.4. This is his first Intermediate so I'm hoping tomorrow for cross country our last few weeks of boot camp will pay off.
While looking over the scores in the dressage today, I noticed that every division's leader is under a 31. It looks as though people are really starting to get the basics of dressage down and doing their homework!

The cross country courses all look challenging. Derek DiGrazia is the course designer and as always provides a big, solid track with good questions. Woodside has quite a bit of terrain so that will also play a part in how the results pan out tomorrow.

We are still educating everyone on the Professional Riders Organization and this weekend providing a PRO/AM Team competition will definantly get people more aware.

We thank all of the sponsors who donated the wonderful prizes for our Team competition!

Stay tuned for Cross Country Day tomorrow......we will post video footage of some cross country so you all can see how we do it on the West Coast! ;)

Tamra Smith, Next Level Eventing
PRO Member

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