It is a busy and exciting week for the USC Aiken Eventing Team! This coming weekend we are participating in our first collegiate team challenge at FENCE horse trials! We can not believe it is finally here. The four riders are busy getting ready and I plan on attending as groom. I have already started packing! It should be a great weekend and can’t wait to meet the other teams.
Three of us competed at the Full Gallop HT yesterday! It was a windy but great day. The courses were WONDERFUL! Brendan Quinn competed in the PT division. It was a small divison of three but Brendan rocked it! He was tied for 2nd after dressage with a 37.70
Name: Aisling Carroll Year in school: Freshman Major: biology Hometown: Louisville, KY Horse Name: Fluff Breed: Thoroughbred Age: 9 Level: preliminary Where do you keep your horse/Train with?: I train with Deborah Iezzi in KY and consider her my main trainer. I work with Pippa Moon while I am at school and also ride with Jan Byyny as much as I can. How did you start riding?: My parents train race horses so I have been around horses starting from a very early age. They signed me up for proper riding lessons when I was very young, and I have been doing it ever since. Biggest riding accomplishment?: Winning my first CIC* last summer.
This past weekend we had multiple riders compete at the Sporting Days HT! Brendan Quinn and Smoke rode in the Training Rider B division and placed 4th! Rebecca Beaudry and Jerry rode in the Training Rider B division and placed 5th! Manon Quilodran and Orison competed in their first training in the Rider B division! Alexa Hamilton and Winston did their second training in the Rider A division! Robin Oliver and Sky-walker did their first Begginger Novice recognized together! Heather Bartlett and Little Bit of Faith rode in the Novice Rider B division! I rode my Carino in the training rider A division and placed 3rd! We have received two very generous anonymous donations this past week! One was absolutely AMAZING saddle pads with our logo on them. We got one for every rider and we can not wait to use them at shows…especially our team challenge at FENCE in April! We also had a donation of $250 through our new gofundme.com account. We can not believe the about of generosity, support and kindness we have received from many people
It has been a very busy week for USC Aiken Eventing. Many horse shows and meetings! We had an equestrian club meeting, a meeting for those going to Rolex, a meeting about the FENCE team challenge in April and a meeting with Stable View Farm! Good news is we are getting a lot done! Our meeting with Stable View was wonderful and we even got to catch a bit of Allison Springer’s rides on Copycat Chloe and Arthur! Stable View is very enthusiastic about helping USC Aiken Eventing as well as collegiate eventing! We had many riders competing this past weekend at Jumping Branch and Pine Top HT.
First off I would like to extend a huge congrats to our team member Aisling Carroll and her mare Fluff on their first place finish in the JR/YR Prelim Division and the Paradise Farm HT! Now I would like to introduce you to Kailey Downing! 1.
Two of our riders have competed since our last blog post! First we had Robin Oliver and her horse Sky-walker compete at the Apple Tree Farm South Combined test. They competed in the Advanced Elementary division.
Three team members competed Saturday February first at the Sporting Days HT. It was a pretty cold and wet day! Unfortunately two of our members…which includes myself, did not complete xc