Catie Moffett and Kaitlin Connelly ventured out for the recognized Horse Trial at Pine Top Farm in Thomson, GA.  What a fun weekend!!! 

Catie ran her first HT on her new horse, Duncan (Slam Dunk) in the J/YR Beginner Novice division.  Her lofty goal for the weekend was to qualify for Area III Championships, which meant finishing in the top 5 with no XC jump penalties.  She had a GORGEOUS dressage ride that was good enough for a 3-way tie for 7th.  The pair went on to finish on that score with foot-perfect SJ and XC rounds to end the weekend in 5th!  Not only did they reach all of their small milestone goals in each phase, but they qualified for Championships!!!! Congrats Catie!!!

Kaitlin ran her first HT on her horse, Noah (Rock the Boat) in the J/YR Novice division.  Noah is an incredibly sensitive and incredibly TALENTED horse.  With this being both Kaitlin and Noah’s first recognized HT, our goals were very specific to the quality of work that we were aiming for with Noah.  Kaitlin made me the proudest trainer in the world!  Nobody else can ride Noah like she does.  It is truly impressive to watch!  The pair achieved every one of their goals in the dressage phase, with very obedient work in all 3 gaits and no bobbles.  (YAAAAYYY!!!)  We did have a minor tack malfunction (bit on the bridle wrong…kind of a big deal)  in SJ that caused an unfortunate 3 rails.  XC totally made up for it though!  Noah LOVES his job and Kaitlin rides him like a pro.  She piloted him around a double clear round that left everyone smiling for days.  SO proud of this pair and excited to see how far they will go this year!

Shout out to Alli Chapman who was entered to be with us at Pine Top but broke her leg on Tuesday before leaving.  We missed ya girl!!! 

Many thanks to the wonderful parents and riders who make weekends like this happen!  And thank you to the wonderful crew we left behind to hold down the fort!