Maybe the last CDE here for a while. This beautiful venue was almost cancelled this year due to a low number of entries. They will hold a pleasure show next year. Looks like we may have to go to Lexington CDE next year....much longer drive for us.
Tiki did very well here in Preliminary pony with very good competitors. We won dressage but only because a friend of mine went off course for 5 penalty points. We were in the middle of the pack on a long and difficult marathon course with beautiful views of the Gladstone area in section A.
A special thanks to the private property owners that allowed us to use their beautiful properties as part of the course.
Cones...oh well...Tiki picked up a young person trying to reset the cones on the course in her blinders. Not usually a problem....but this young lady was holding the measuring stick like a weapon held high in the air. Tiki looked so hard at it that I expected to see a run away outside the arena.... by the time I got her settled we blasted the first cone set of an offset series. No doubt about that ball going down.
We dropped to third after holding second place after marathon. Not a bad showing for us....My daughter again navigated for me and Tiki did very well in the water hazards, where we had some issues in past events.
I had a blast and the weather was picturebook