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.
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.”
Coming to the Washington International, Lucy Deslauriers knew she’d have her last trip ever aboard Centerfield. So she made that time together count, winning the Washington International Horse Show Pony Equitation Classic.
As the daughter of two trainers, Ailish Cunniffe more or less grew up in the show world. But that doesn’t mean she’s always had the fanciest horses in the barn. But at Washington International Horse Show, she was the one leading Good Times into the ring to collect the grand championship ribbon.