Most show horses get ready for a trip to the Washington International with some extra schooling and maybe a warm up competition or two. With Authentic, it’s a little different.
Since March, he’s shown just three times, the last time being in September. He spent his autumn trail riding around owner Dudley Macfarlane’s Charlottesville, Va., farm, jumping exactly once to get ready.
When Ellen Doughty packed her trailer in Terrell, Texas, before the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI***, she had relatively modest goals. After all, not only was it her first trip to Fair Hill, Md., for the event, it was also her first three-star, and the first for her horse, Sir Oberon, as well.
“Everyone says Fair Hill’s a very tough course; I wanted to see how we did and see if we would be ready for a four-star in the spring,” said Doughty. “I was hoping for a qualifying score for [Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI****].”
Lillie Keenan wasn’t so happy with herself when she walked out of the ring after the last round of tonight’s Randolph College/USEF Individual Junior Jumper Championship on Londinium.
“I don’t think I rode well today,” said Keenan, New York City. “My horse was a total gem and saved me. For the first half of the course I was on my game, and I misjudged one of the lines. Luckily my horse has seen that before and knew how to take care of me. So I finished up with only one rail today. Today, it’s all my horse.”
Heading into tonight’s Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Prix des States, there was plenty of pressure on Kalvin Dobbs. After all, he was the only rider who had experience representing Zone 5 at the Pennsylvania National, and Chef d’Equipe Alex Jayne shifted him into the anchor spot from his usual pathfinder position. On top of that, his team was defending their gold medal from last year.
In most ways, One Hundred And One is your typical top junior hunter. He’s a gorgeous mover and athletic jumper who regularly claims championships at A-rated horse shows. But that doesn’t mean he blends in with the competition.
In the procession of bays and chestnuts, punctuated by the occasional gray, One Hundred And One bursts into the ring with a coat full of color.
But that’s not why rider Jenna Petrie-Moran loves him. She’s been a part of One Hundred And One’s life since Day 1, and transformed him from a super green horse to a reliable charge.
When you’re a top hunter rider, it’s your job to make your horse look good. Some days that’s easier to do than others.
Tori Colvin and Betsee Parker walked out of the ring together after accepting Way Cool’s large junior hunter, 15 and under, championship ribbon today at the Pennsylvania National. As soon as they got to the ramp they started feeding him treats, then turned to each other and said, “He’s done.”