So although AEC's was roughly two weeks ago, I will still give you a quick update. What a gorgeous facility and a great please to host AEC's at Carl Bouckhart's Chatachoogee Hills. The stabling was fantastic, great vendors, and fabulous rings and footing. It is so nice to be able to have such a nice venue to host events. I only expect it to get bigger and better every year. Well Murphy was pretty freaking awesome all weekend. I am not sure our results reflect the amount of improve this horse and I are making, but I am on cloud nine (even two weeks later) after his spectacular effort all weekend. He put in a very steady dressage test, with only a few small mistakes. He seemed to be slipping in his canter walks and therefore we had some reining like stops. It didn't score as well as I would have hoped, but everyone was very tightly packed and he is ready to make huge improvements at Fairhill. Cross Country was literally foot perfect. We had 1.6 time added to our dressage score and he was incredibly. Everything felt so easy and he was so on and looking for every flag. I don't think the horse every questioned me and seemed to enjoy himself on a whole new level. Finally was show jumping on Saturday. He warmed up great and we canter right into the ring working on our problems from HITS. He jumped his heart out. We had three rails down but Emily was pleased. Basically we decided that he was focusing on the final element of the combinations and was a bit too slow off the ground at the first element. We had A and B down in the triple and A down in the double. This is a relatively new problem and we have already had some great jump schools to fix this. Emily is fantastic with her exercises and I believe we will make a lot of progress before the CCI at Fairhill.
So everything else is great. Very busy with sales horses, but I am totally enjoying it and ready to start preparing for the last couple weeks before Fairhill. Gym, here I come.
"Be so good they can't ignore you" - Steve Martin