We had a busy week at Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida to start our season. The Revelation Group’s Fernhill Revelation jumped clear in show jumping and cross country to finish 6th in the CIC3*. He’s a very brave horse and needs to get a bit better in his adjustability, so I didn’t try to push him too fast. I was really impressed with how he handled the course. He has a bright future.
I also had four horses in the CIC2*, and they all jumped clear cross country and show jumping rounds to finish in the top 20. I have to thank my show jumping coach Richard Picken for his invaluable help. It was the first run of the season for Fernhill Fugitive and I’m Sew Ready, and I thought it was a good test for them to start out. I was also really pleased with Mr. Candyman and thought he jumped well. Z just played with the course and had a great time out there.
Fernhill Fugitive, owned by Tom Tierney and Annie Jones, finished 4th on 50.8. I’m Sew Ready, owned by John and Kristine Norton, finished 9th on 54.5. Mr. Candyman, owned by Annie Jones, Bridget Colman, Caroline Moran and Tom Tierney, finished 12th on 57.4. Z, owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Annie Jones and Caroline Moran, finished 16th on 67.6.
This was our first key prep competition for the big spring CCIs. Fernhill Fugitive and I’m Sew Ready are targeting the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and I am hoping to take Fernhill Revelation and Z to Tattersalls. Mr. Candyman will likely target Jersey Fresh.
I thought the cross country was a good, challenging course. Red Hills has unique terrain with the way the course is positioned through the trees. Overall I thought it was a good experience for the horses. Thank you to the organizers and volunteers for all of their hard work. Thank you also to my team for taking such fantastic care of the horses, and to my owners and sponsors for their constant, dedicated support.