Clever claims the red ribbon for Socrates
Cross Creek West’s first week in Tucson has come to a satisifying conclusion. Michelle had two mounts entered in the Sahuaro Classic’s $25,000 Central Equine Grand Prix and both jumped clean over a stout, tricky course to qualify for the jump off. Out of 28 competing, only six went clean in the first round including Michelle’s pair. CCF’s newest addition, the big grey Westphalian Socrates, went second in the jump off and laid down a fast clean round, showing impressive scope and maneuverability. He was ultimately beat out for the blue by Bjorn Ikast riding the veteran winner Brave Heart by less than 8/100ths of a second! Socrates was imported from Belgium this past December, clearing quarantine on a miserably rainy Christmas Eve. This was his first ever show in the U.S. Thank you, Santa!
Michelle’s second mount Clever was the final competitor in the jump off but unfortunately had the last rail – giving him fourth place as the fastest of the four-faulters in the jump-off. His time was 2/1000ths of a second slower than the winning entry.
All in all the horses this week performed admirably. The young ones made a good showing and gained valuable mileage. Reina, Sir Jones and Tocayo all moved up in levels. The weather was on the chilly side to start but today was quite warm with more pleasant weather forecast for the next two weeks. Be sure to click on the Photo Gallery link to see an assortment of pictures from the past week.