To start off, we would like to extend a huge thank you to Copper Meadows organizers, staff, and volunteers who work so hard so we competitors can compete in such a fabulous event.
Sara and Attila had a total of 4 rides with horses in 3 different divisions. We had 12 horses this weekend so we were quite busy!
Turò Rudi and Attila started their weekend off with a bang, scoring a 17.9 in dressage landing them a 10 point lead overnight. This horse really worked well with Attila and laid down a gorgeous, steady test. On Saturday he maintained his lead and made easy work of the cross country, giving Attila a good last confident round before his prelim move up at Galway Downs this coming weekend. Rudi clutched the win in his division this weekend after a positive show jump round on Sunday. This pair has formed so nicely and are starting to really get on the same page. We are looking forward to see how his big move up goes this weekend.
Danger Ranger, Misty Payne's new horse, was Attila's second ride this weekend. He had a very lovely and relaxed test in his second ever BN which also gave him the lead overnight. The pair had lovely show jump round and Ranger tried very hard for Attila, but unfortunately took one rail down due to greeness. The pair had a very easy, confident building cross country round on Sunday which landed them a 2nd place finish for the weekend. We are very excited for this horses future and looking forward to his novice debut this weekend at Galway. We hope Misty enjoys her new mount, good luck to you both!
Sara had two rides, but stayed extremely busy helping out everyone and coaching the entire team. She had Hurricane Hannah and Peterzano.
This was a big show for Hannah, as it was her last novice before her Training debut this weekend at Galway. Hannah had a fantastic weekend starting with a very good dressage test on Friday, scoring one of her lowest %'s to date, placing her in third overnight on a 26.0. Show jumping was very good and they went double clear, Hannah made easy work of the course and gave Sara a great ride. Cross country on Sunday was extremely good, she was very brave and made light work of the course, feeling extremely ready for her training debut this weekend at Galway, and finishing in 2nd place in the open novice.
Sara also debuted her Hungarian baby, Peterzano this weekend. This coming 5 yo is one to watch for the future, with loads of talent. The baby laid down a fairly good dressage test scoring a 32.9. Pepperoni decided that the show jump arena was quite scary and jumped absolutely huge around the show jump course on Saturday, going double clear. The baby put on his big boy pants and was very brave and honest out on cross country, giving Sara a great ride and brought home a double clear to finish third right behind Attila on Danger Ranger. This baby is making his Novie debut this weekend at Galway as well. We are very excited for this one.
Sophie had a first this weekend, competing both of her horses. Tux had a very solid and consistent weekend. They laid down their best test to date, scoring them a 27.4 placing them into 3rd overnight. Saturday Tuxedo was very rideable and resulted in a double clear cross country round, which the pair found very easy. Sunday Tuxedo jumped his way to a double clear round in show jumping, landing them a second place finish right behind Attila and Turo Rudi. Sophie's new horse, Csongor also made his eventing debut this weekend. They had a nice dressage test landing them in the top 10 overnight. Lou remembered his show jump days back in Hungary and jumped beautifully around the show jump course on Saturday, moving them into 2nd place overnight. Sunday he was feeling fresh and great but unfortunately pilot error resulted in missing a jump, but over all we are super happy with how this horse handled his first event and we are excited for his novice debut this weekend.
Ian and RHF Tango had an educational dressage round to get a feel for the training level test. Education comes from all aspects of life, and Team M.E is a firm believer in team work not only between student and teacher, but respect and camaraderie to every member of the group. It was felt that, rather than concentrating on competing alone, this weekend was more important to affirm these fundamentals vs competing in itself.
Krissta had a very educational weekend with Delilah. The pair scored well for a fairly tense dressage test but alas they didn't get discouraged. Krissta did not lose concentration and they attacked and conquered their very first training level cross country course on Saturday, only adding a few time penalties. They confidently moved onto show jump and only had one rail down, and the pair got to celebrate their first completed training! Congratulations you two! Have fun at Galway!
Lauren made her return to competition with Admire James this weekend. This pair has come a very long way and it's great to see them back out there. Lauren started her weekend off with a lovely dressage test scoring a 31.5. They had a clear jump round on Saturday only to add a few time penalties in Show Jumping. AJ seemed very happy to be back out on course on Sunday and brought home a clear jump round over cross country and only had a few time faults. Congratulations on your return you two!
Tara and Michelle had a good weekend as well on their mounts, Jack and Daniel. Daniel was a very good boy in the dressage and was rideable, putting them in 5th overnight. Michelle gave Daniel a great ride on Saturday to move up to 4th place in show jumping. The pair finished their weekend conquering a challenging beginner novice resulting in a 3rd place finish. Good job!
Jack and Tara also had a great weekend as well. Tara had an improved dressage test landing them in 4th overnight. Jack decided that he was going to launch over those show jumps and had a great round on Saturday only having one rail, moving them to third. They had a very confident cross country round which was double clear on Sunday and they finished 2nd. The move to novice looks well in their future.
Lorilee and her horse Aliado, were a new addiction to team M.E.
They had a very steady dressage test that was mistake free to start their weekend in 5th place.
A smooth, double clear cross country kept them very competitive in the top 4.
One unfortunate rail in show jumping was still good enough to move them up to 3rd!
All in all, team ME had a fabulous show and we are so proud of the entire team. Thank you to everyone who makes this all possible and run smoothly! We are very excited for Galway Downs!