The Paisley Pony www.thepaisleypony.com MARCH/APRIL 2014 to go in and make it right the first time.” of 80 ponies. “When he walked into the ring [at Pony Finals] to go infeels and great make pride it right ofit80was ponies. “When he walked into the ring [at Pony Finals] Caroline in the howfirst fartime.” Ty has come working and like walking into his own stall,” Caroline feels great pride in how far Ty has come working and it was like walking into his own with her. “There’s really no greater feeling in the world to Bernhard recounts. “He thought it was stall,” cool. He ate the ring with her. “There’s no that greater thethe world “He thought it was cool. He ate the ring me. It makes me feelreally so great he’sfeeling turnedinout way to he up-Bernhard he lovedrecounts. it in there.” me.she It makes mehas feelgiven so great turned out in themyself way he up- he loved it in there.” has,” says. “It me that a lothe’s of confidence has,” she says. “It has given me a lot of confidence in myself and my abilities. It is not everyday that you can look at a Blank was estatic. She remembers, “Oh my gosh. I honestly and mypony abilities. It is not everyday thatand youwins can look at a Blank estatic. “OhI my gosh. fantastic that goes around the ring was just was hoping to getShe oneremembers, ribbon. When heard thatI Ihonestly was fantastic that goes around the ring and wins was just hoping to get ribbon. WhenI was I heard thattoI cry. was and think ‘Ipony did that’.” 5th, I couldn’t believe it!one I was so happy, about and think ‘I did that’.” I couldn’t believe it! Iofwas so happy, I was about to cry. It 5th, has always been a dream mine.” It has always been a dream of mine.” Practice at home included a lot of riding outside the ring and Practice at home included a lot of riding outside the ring and jumping over natural obstacles. But, the biggest obstacle was over of natural obstacles. But, the biggest obstacle was to jumping keep control Caroline’s nerves. Driven by perfection, to keep control Caroline’s Driven Pony Finals, with of a single over nerves. fences trip and by so perfection, much hard Pony withtough a single over fencesstomach. trip and However, so much hard work at Finals, stake, was on Caroline’s work at stake, was tough on Caroline’s stomach. as soon as she got on Ty, all of her practice clicked.However, “I put a as she on Ty,soallI was of her practice clicked. lotasofsoon pressure ongot myself, pretty nervous the “I put a lot of pressure on myself, I was pretty the and morning of the over fences. Isowas able to getnervous in the zone morning of the over fences. I was able to get in the zone and just ride.” just ride.” She got on and only warmed-up over four fences before She gotuponthe and onlyinto warmed-up over fourTyfences before heading ramp the Walnut Ring. felt right at heading up the ramp into the Walnut Ring. Ty felt right at home in the huge ring and just locked in a perfect flowing home the huge round ring and just locked in a5th perfect pace for in a beautiful that earned them over flowing fences All photos courtesy of Caroline Blank pace for a beautiful round that earned them 5th over fences All photos courtesy of Caroline Blank
Caroline Blank and Coldbrook’s Catch a Wave after a beautiful round in the Walnut Ring at USEF Pony Finals 2013. Caroline Blank and Coldbrook’s Catch a Wave after a beautiful round in the Walnut Ring at USEF Pony Finals 2013.
Published on May 6, 2014