I'm back at Hunter Farms today to finish catch riding in the Junior Hunter division and to show in some of the equitation classes. Stacia and Krista trained us while Frank stayed back at Beacon Hill giving lessons. I was especially enthusiastic this afternoon because my horse, Whimsey, was entered in two classes. He has only showed sparingly since February after sustaining an injury at Capitol Challenge in 2004. The vet examined him on Wednesday and said he was ready for competition. It was really thrilling to be in the show ring riding him again. Of course, Whimsey was really excited as well and proceeded to buck several times in the first class! I let him gallop around the indoor to help settle him and the second class went very well. I'm thankful for Whimsey's continued recovery, for all who have aided in it and for the opportunity to compete with "my partner" again.
Equitation rider Maria Schaub is at the top of her game and was one of the featured riders on Animal Planet's "Horse Power: Road to the Maclay." Ride along with her in this blog from EquiSearch.com.