|Jack and Cappa over the brush|
|Look at the snow!!|
The star of the day, as always, was the incredible Ian Stark. The most fun was watching him with his Preliminary group, including our old friend Madison Loving on her dollar horse, Dan. No kidding, he cost a dollar. They shaved a few tail feathers off the duck in the water complex but overall did an outstanding job. All of us spectators had several laughs off Mr. Stark, including the moment he told Gina Economou to stop being such a woman and just go. Or was he talking to the nervous mare she was on, a new partnership that was on their first cross-country go? His decidedly dry sense of humor and brilliant insights into riding drew a bigger crowd of spectators with every set of jumps he tackled. The great thing was that the man seems to have infinite patience for helping riders over rough spots, while keeping the session light and stress free as well as just darned funny.
Ian's biggest tip of the day that seemed to be recurring theme in all the groups - ALLOW, ALLOW, ALLOW. The most gasp inducing jumps came from riders picking too much in front of the fence. Words of wisdom I hope to use some day when my horse is back to work.
Other trainers who helped make the fundraiser a success included Fredric Bouland, Barb Crabo, Robyn Fisher, Erin Kellerhouse, Debbie Rosen, Alice Sarno, Kim Scheid, Tamie Smith, Sarah Vandenberg, and Wendy Wergeles. Seriously, if you've never been and you're committed to the sport of eventing, you've got to make effort to come to one or both days of the clinic, either as a rider or an auditor. It's worth the drive down.
A special thanks to our friends Larry and Pat Sawyer, who wined us and dined us and let us drink all their Edradour scotch before crashing on their couch the night before. Being an hour closer definitely made it easier (although not easy after all the wining and dining!) to get to Ian's first clinic at 8am. Oh, and the 16,689 steps? That's how many steps we walked during the day to keep up with everyone's rides. Just saying....
Congrats to the eTwister girls and their ponies for a glorious day!