Hello Beautiful Friends!
“Woah, we’re halfway there – Woah, livin’ on a prayer”
It’s true! – we’ve hit the halfway mark of the WEF 2019 season. Many things in life seem to pass by in the blink of an eye and I’m sure this season will be no exception. There never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything I would like to do. Do you know the feeling?
You probably get tired of hearing me say this, but again it was a week where you would have needed to be more than one human to do it all. WCHR week at WEF, Jumper classes at Global Dressage, 5* Palm Beach Masters Nations Cup at Deeridge… And probably a bunch of other things I am not recalling at the moment.
The $134K CSI3* CabanaCoast Grand Prix took place over at the Global Dressage International Ring on Friday evening. I am always awestruck by the fact that they do the class there. It is obviously do-able because they do it, people ride, some come out on top. Others appear to have their horses’ minds blown and probably take a couple of notches out of their confidence. Or maybe it’s an optical illusion? I don’t know, it is just a lot of really big jumps in what feels like a small and crowded space. Only 2 were clear in the class which was the smallest fraction of what we had in the 5* last week. Somewhere in between is more common. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson was the only double clear of the evening for the win. Spencer Smith did jump off against her but had a rail down to finish 2nd. By my count, 8 horses either retired or were eliminated in the first round and a couple of pairs had faults into the 20’s. Kent Farrington finished 6th and I bring this up out of order only because it was such an interesting ride to watch! When you saw the horse traveling you would never imagine it could do the job, but it has such an amazing jump! I don’t know if it is green or quirky, but Emmerton is one to watch!
Congratulations to Nicole and Akuna Mattata on that well-deserved win!