Well I've lost all sense of what happened week two of tbird. Thank god for videos and ribbons to remind me of what happened. I definitely recall a delicious signature cocktail that involved apricots and vinegar.... and I also remember that the temp finally dropped to something reasonable... so that was nice too.
The Pre-Greens wee frustrating. Winds jumped out of his skin and scored a 89 and 88 in his first two rounds. He was consistent everywhere. Basically, all he had to do to clinch the division was place high enough to score ONE point in the last round. But of course, that's when he decides to sit on a rail and drop one in the judge's line.... Ghosts of Stakes-Past seem to haunt us...
The Derby the second week was a full USHJA two rounder-er and was scheduled for Thursday, which meant he had already gone around twice for the PG.
We drew a reasonably late spot in the order (which I like) and the track was set nicely. I do forget that the USHJA jumps are set to only 3' with 3'5"(ish) options - and Winds just doesn't really give a rip about 3'. It's hard to show him off or get much style out of him at that height...
The trip was smooth. Good pace, decent jumps and overall a nice flowing rounds. He was rewarded with a 86+4 for a total first round score of 90.
That was good enough to return second or third, (can't remember), but he was up there.
The trip was good - especially since I could tell that Winds was a bit stiff in the bridle. Trot fence was soft and lovely, inside turns worked out well, and they were able to take a bold pace between high options and still come back nicely for the two stride at the end.
Very happy with the boy. Two small rubs probably took some of the shimmer off the score and we ended up with an 85+4 for an 89, which ultimately slid us into third overall.
So, that means Winds has been in six derbies this summer and come away with six top three finishes - with matched pairs of firsts, seconds and thirds. He's been so consistent in these classes, I think the Derby ring is really where he shines.
At some point I'll get to my Eq and Hunter divisions. But they aren't quite as exciting....