Michelle, Armando Salazar and Katie Rotunno celebrated birthdays this weekend, so cake was enjoyed by all in the barn aisle between classes. In honor of the horses carrot cake was served, and Davey (jack russell) snuck in a few nibbles when no one was looking! Meanwhile back at Cross Creek’s Tucson branch (also known as Michelle’s mom’s equine retirement home and baby nursery), the first of a crop of four foals was born Friday night. Another birthday to add to the weekend! This little guy is a bay colt, all thoroughbred, very handsome and correct and with a great temperament.
This was the final week of the Arizona Winter Circuit – the barn is packing up the trailer for the drive back to California tomorrow morning. Lots of nice prizes for all the horses this week. Although he didn’t win the blue like last week, Socrates still was double-clean in the Grand Prix for 4th place, even though Michelle injured her hand earlier in the class and rode the jump-off with what we suspect might be a broken bone. That’s three Grand Prix classes in a row with double-clear rounds for Socrates, earning a 1st, 2nd and a 4th. Not a bad start for a new horse!
Some other nice prizes during the week, especially for a couple of horses coming out of mothballs. CCF Starfish competed in Low and Pre Green hunters and was Reserve Champion in both divisions. Nouska showed in the Level 5 jumpers with double clean rounds earning two blue ribbons and the Champion rosette. Reina won a Level 6 class, was 2nd in a Level 7 class, and was Reserve Champion. In the Friday $5,000 Level 8 Welcome, Socrates placed 2nd and Clever placed 7th.