I competed in my first FEI class starting in July at the Knokke, Hippique horse show in Belgium. After showing for a week in Belgium, we headed to France. The first show that we did in France was Dinard. The ring in Dinard was like nothing I have ever experienced, it was a huge, 100 year old grass ring with pink borders and pink flowers all around it.
PINK FLOWERS LINING THE RING AT DINARD, FRANCE.
The next show in France was the “Longines Deauville Classic”. This show is where I had my very first FEI win in the 1* Longines, Coca-Cola Grand Prix. This truly was a once in a lifetime experience! Deauville was the last show of our European tour, so we packed our things and jumped on a plane to come back to Canada. My next stop was at Angelstone in Rockwood, Ontario. I rode two horses in the Canadian Hunter Derby Series: “Miracle” and “Casidor Di Corvo”. Miracle and I won the Ontario zone last year in the Junior Hunter division and had numerous top placings in the Canadian Hunter Derby Series. This year we won a Canadian Hunter Derby Series Class at Angelstone. We ended the series with a top 8 finish in the Canadian Hunter Derby Final at the Royal Winter Fair. 15 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO DEC ‘17
My American riding and training is with Missy Clark and John Brennan of North Run in Wellington, Florida. This season started in January in Wellington Florida. It included stops in Devon, HITS, Tryon, Kentucky, Lake Placid, Vermont, Palgrave, and Angelstone. It continued on to Belgium, Holland, France, and right back to Angelstone and Palgrave again. The American Gold Cup, Harrisburg, Washington, New England, The National, and finally, the Royal. We had a whirlwind tour on the USA fall indoor circuit. There, I rode my amazing equitation partner “Waldo”, to third place finishes in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal final, and third in the Washington Medal final. We also won the high point championship at the New England Medal finals. I finished the season with the little horse “Miracle”. He was a very last minute substitute into the Jump Canada Medal Final at the Royal. This top hunter was an amazing equitation horse that day. We won the Jump Canada National Medal Championship! Over the course of the year I have had many unforgettable experiences and top placings in the Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation rings. I would like to thank my amazing owners, sponsors, horses, team and my parents for making this year one I will never forget!