Stone Ridge Eventing took a large contingency to the Olathe, Kansas Heritage Park Horse Trials October 9-10th, 2015. With several scheduling conflicts, we were fortunate that Claudia Springer-Misner was able to attend to take over the dressage warm-up responsibilities while Cynthia got the team safely out to cross-country.
Christy Zweig and White Stromboli, a challenging dressage partner, kept it together in the white rectangle. They are a force to be reckoned with cross-country and jumped around clear and just outside the time. They had a balanced, organized show jumping round and earned a 7th place finish in the Open Preliminary. We are looking forward to some serious dressage rehab over the winter to help this pair become more competitive
Lacey Messick and Second Hand Rose sat second after dressage with their best test to date. They blazed around the Roger Haller designed Preliminary Area IV Championship course with ease. Unfortunately, they had two uncharacteristic rails in show jumping after a too-long warm-up to drop the pair to 4th in the USEA Area IV Preliminary Championships.
Jasmine Hawkins and Divine Intervention put in a steady test for their Training Level debut to sit 6th of 10 in the Open Training B division. They made quick, easy work of the cross-country course to jump around double clear. They were able to maintain their 6th place standing as rails dropped throughout their division in show jumping. They were the 3rd placing Juniors in this Open Division and earned their first qualifying score for the 2016 American Eventing Championships
Lawson Tunnel and Agitated Hawk graduated to Novice Level at this event. They had their most consistent dressage test of the season to sit middle of the pack going into their strongest phase. They skipped around the Novice course clear and inside the time to move up to 4th. They had one unfortunate rail due to a cross-canter on the show jumping course but were able to maintain their 4th place finish. The 2016 season looks promising for this pair at Novice Level as we continue to strengthen their dressage this winter.
Jen Lender dusted off Vote Yes for his first competitive effort in a year. His typical dressage bell antics were still intact, but Jen did an excellent job of settling him once they got in the arena. They were an absolute joy to watch cross country and this 19 year old veteran couldn’t have been happier. They are a wonderful pair for the future. They had a nice, clear show jumping round but somehow accrued 3 time penalties on the course. They held on to a fantastic 3rd place finish in their first event together. We plan to kick off 2016 at Novice level and then move up to Training.
Melinda Parnell and Hail’s Bails made their USEA competitive debut at this event. They had a nice dressage test but encountered one stop cross-country at the first combination on course. The pair had a nice show jumping round to earn their first completion. With more cross-country experience, this pair will be a force for the future.
Heather Kircher and Deck Diesel. Perseverance and planning pays off! This pair, like Melinda and H.B, are Hunter/Jumper transfers. Heather and Diesel have worked hard this season on improving their communication and balance through correct flat work, they have trekked to Olathe numerous times to get out on that cross-country course, and they have remained dedicated to a weekly lesson program. They sat 8th after dressage and sky rocketed to 3rd with a double clear cross-country, their first of the season. A double clear show jumping round moved this pair to a 2nd place finish, less than one point out of first.