CBF's Jillian and Ariana hacking back from the outdoor jumping arena July 22. Photo by Kim Eagan.
As usual, it's been a busy summer so far here at Course Brook. It's hard to believe it's almost August and the Olympics are finally here! I don't have any kind of NBC services at home, so while everyone else is watching eventing, here I am, writing about it... Please, no spoilers until the DVD comes out.
Our summer combined test was last weekend, July 22, and it was an excellent day! The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all. Full results can be viewed here, but a special shout out to CBF riders Ariana and Rica, who won their respective divisions! I told Ari that she better watch out because if she keeps winning everywhere she goes, she's going to get banned from certain horse show circuits.
A special congratulations also goes out to our own Paige Garson and her horse Combalache (known around the farm as "Sam"), who won the USEA Area I preliminary championships last weekend at Fitch's Corner! Paige and Sam have been through a lot together, so it's great to see them back on top of their game.
Now that the combined test is over, we're getting excited for our August 16 jumping clinic with Bobby Costello! Bobby is a favorite of many riders here at CBF and around the world, so if you're interested in riding with him in our clinic, you can find more details and registration information here.
Also on our website is information about a new fundraising initiative we're launching to raise money for improvements to our cross country course, which includes a raffle. Click here to learn about the many ways that you can help to support not only our farm and the expansion of our cross country course, but also the sport of eventing!
Finally, we're already gearing up for our fall horse USEA recognized trials, which will be held on October 13. If you're within 250 miles of Sherborn, go ahead and mark your calendar because if you aren't riding, volunteer coordinator Janet Sinclair will have you roped in before you can say "NOONDAY DE CONDE" (Okay, maybe I've peeked at the scores.)
That's all the news for now! Please be sure to check our website for the latest announcements, shows, and clinics. Our cross country course is open for schooling, so please email us if you'd like to come out and jump around.
See you all soon and GO TEAM USA!