He has been doing great with his half leaser. Recently he went cross country schooling with his leaser in Virginia and it looked like they both had a great time!
Julie took Patrick on his second cross country outing in two weeks, a lesson with one of our favorite professionals Mogie Bearden-Muller at Fair Hill this week, and they had a fun and successful time.
Diane had been offering to catch ride Patrick in some hunter shows while I was pregnant even before I actually got pregnant, so naturally, when the time was right we executed the plan!
We chose to compete in the Black Eyed Susan Horse Show Series, a nice show series held at the Prince George Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro Maryland (same venue that hosts The Capital Challenge). The class we chose to focus on was The Dover Saddlery Adult Hunter Classic. This is a class that allows horses to qualify for a final, so we though it would be a nice "mini goal" to try and qualify. We only competed Patrick in 3 of the shows, which was only about 1/3 of the shows offered, so there was no guarantee we would qualify him. To qualify, horses had to either win the class or be in the next top 4 high point horses. In the first two shows, Patrick and Diane got third place in the class, but they performed better together each time. For them, the third try was a charm. They won both parts of the class (the first part had 20+ horses competing) for an overall high score, securing a place in the final.
He will get a couple of low-key weeks after the final and then we'll play it by ear!