Cross Creek West had a good showing at the Tucson Fall Festival and the Tucson Fall Classic horse shows in Arizona this month. Michelle brought a string of young up-and-coming equine stars to gain some experience and ring mileage. All moved up in levels and earned some nice prizes in the big money classes offered at the shows.
Best video footage of the show was taken the last week during the $5,000 Super Stake on Saturday. The grey mare Athletica with Michelle in the irons was double-clean with a blazing fast jump off round that no one could touch. The second place horse was almost 5 seconds slower! Click HERE to watch the video of Athletica’s winning round.
Other notable prizes went to Reina who placed 3rd in the Grand Prix and Tocayo who placed 4th in the same Grand Prix. Photo of the week (above) went to Xel-ha, an impressive six-year-old mare who jumped the standards in the triple combination.
Congrats to all!
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.
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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.
Socrates and Michelle jump double-clean in the Grand Prix
VIDEO Socrates (better quality, downloadable)
PHOTO Gallery AWC Week 4