The majority of the Stone Ridge Event Team took this weekend off, but Heather Kircher and Cynthia Wiseman made the relatively short drive to Carbondale, Illinois to contest the beautiful Dunnabeck Horse Trials.
Heather and Deck Diesel broke 40 in the drizzle and deep footing with a 39.7 to sit 7th of 17 in the Beginner Novice B Division. The judge was tough with a 31.6 holding first. Diesel and Heather warmed up great for cross-country but then encountered a hold on course which changed Diesel’s mind about going out on course. Heather rode strongly after a stop early in the course and then picked up another 20 at the water complex before Diesel took confidently to the rest of the hilly course. A disappointing round for the pair but they redeemed themselves with a solid show jumping round the following day.
Cynthia and Valedictorian were 5th after dressage with a 38.2 in Beginner Novice A. “Deets” took to the cross-country course confidently as the pair blazed around clean and within the time. A forward, double clear show jumping round moved them up for a 3rd place finish.