Recently, Tally and I went to our first multi-day event up at the Green Mountain Horse Association in Vermont. We competed at our second USEA-recognized event and then stayed for a week of horse camp, which was just about the most fun I’ve ever had. Best thing about going to camp as an adult? Wine with dinner!
HOT was the theme of the first weekend – temps in the 90’s both days for the event – but Tally was a superstar and earned a 29 in her dressage, and only dropped one rail in stadium. She is still figuring out her balance at the canter, but it was one of our most solid jump rounds so far. Tally settled right into the routine and enjoyed hanging out in her stall with my dog Chappy.
A massive thunderstorm spoiled the afternoon on Sunday so we were not able to run cross-country. The event staff pinned the beginner novice division as a combined test and we ended up 4th!
Camp didn’t start until Tuesday so we went for a hack on Monday through the absolutely beautiful Vermont fields and trails.
Camp was so much better than I had even hoped it could be. Amazing clinicians, two lessons a day, catered meals, and lots of fun horse people to chat with. Tally and I learned so much and improved dramatically by the end of the week – my trainer couldn’t believe our progress and we decided a move up to Novice was in order for our next event in July. Until then we’ll be practicing and enjoying all our new skills, and I’m counting the days until I can head back up to VT – hopefully for the next USEA event in August!