Lacey Messick and Second Hand Rose (Rosey) tackled their first CCI* with the help of groom Brittany Carter and coach Cynthia Wiseman this October.
The team arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park on Tuesday, October 20th to breeze through the In-Barn Inspections. Rosey had plenty of time to settle with the First Horse Inspection the following afternoon and dressage on Thursday afternoon.
Lacey put in a consistent, steady and obedient test with the typically sassy mare to sit towards the middle of a large pack going into cross country.
The cross country portion of a CCI* is longer than the standard Preliminary course. It provides ample galloping time between the intense technical elements but fitness is imperative, especially over the Kentucky rolling hills. Rosey tackled the course bravely and the pair were able to finish clear and within the time.
The final morning of a CCI starts incredibly early for horses, riders, grooms and coaches. The Final Horse Inspection was at 8:00am. After the hard cross-country effort the previous day, it’s not unusual for the horse to need a little loosening up before the jog. Lacey was on and hacking before daylight, Rosey was braided, spiffed up and ready to trot up sound by 8:00. There is really nothing quite as satisfying as the sound of your horse’s name followed by the word “Accepted.”
The pair warmed up well in a quite hectic ring prior to the show jumping phase. We kept the warmup short and sweet to keep Rosey fresh and Lacey settled. They put in a lovely round with just one rail to finish in the top half of a start studded division.
Congratulations to Second Hand Rose and Lacey Messick for a fantastic first CCI*!