Friday, April 27, 2012

Temperatures Rise At Twin As DF Riders Excel

Paso Robles, the site of the Twin Rivers International Spring Three Day Event, had a very sudden temperature change for the hotter leaving many of the unsuspecting competitors with sunburns and tired ponies. Oddly enough, just as suddenly as it came, the heat wave was over and the day after the competition was a full 40 degrees cooler! We've come to expect the unexpected from this venue and just try to roll with the punches. Team Dragonfire had it's own ups and downs at this show with three of our horses withdrawing after Dressage due to over cautious owners (myself included!). We simply followed the motto, "Better to live to fight another day", which seemed sensible since there were no desperately needed qualifications on the line. Nonetheless, the horses that were able to complete the event were stellar indeed, and there was some mighty fine riding to go along with it.

Danny California and Merissa Underwood

Merissa Underwood piloted her mare, Danny California, to two wonderfully clear rounds in the Young Rider Preliminary division. With just a handful of time penalties to add to her very low Dressage score, the team ended with a fourth place finish.

Wrigley and Natalie Jensen

Wrigley is consistently improving his performances in the Preliminary division and will no doubt be right on in May where he will contest the Preliminary Challenge at Woodside. Natalie and Wrigley were very solid for fifth place at Twin.

Lucid Opposition and Caroline Dein

Caroline and Lucid Opposition could have applied for the How To Ride Training Level Manual as the example ride with their textbook performances over fences. Their fifth place finish was well earned and deserving of a gold star.

Merriewold Kasey and Earl McFall

 Merriewold Kasey and Earl McFall

Merriwold Kasey was a perfect gentleman in his first outing under saddle and was awarded a 73.1% for his efforts in the USEA 4 Year Old Young Event Horse and a fifth place finish. Kasey is proudly owned by Diana Wold of Merriewold Morgans. 

Rouge et Blanc DF and Jennifer McFall

Rouge et Blanc DF stole the show in the USEA 4 Year Old Young Event Horse class and won it convincingly with an 82% with Jennifer McFall in the irons.

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