I went into the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day event feeling positive and excited. I had my lovely German horse Osborne 9 entered in his first CCI**, and it was my first competition of 2014 with my favorite off-the-track Thoroughbred Donner after taking some time with him earlier this year.
I backed off his workload when some fill showed up in a hind ankle early in the season, and decided to focus on improving his flatwork and get him stronger to ensure I had a serious possible contender for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games team.
Heading into Jersey he was feeling stronger and better than ever. He put in a good dressage test and jumped a beautiful clear show jump round in the CIC***, which put him in second. It was great having him back, and I was really looking forward to getting him out on cross-country, our favorite phase of the three together.