March 23, 2017
Caroline grew up riding horses in California, where she took weekly lessons from age 7 on. She competed at local hunter schooling shows in California. After moving to Tennessee, she continued riding in the hunter shows, and then made the transition to jumpers. She’s been competing seriously for about three years, and rides in the High Children’s Jumpers 1.10M.
She competed in the High Children’s Jumpers through the winter and spring and earned enough points in the USHJA zones to qualify for the team. “It was such a fun time, such a cool experience!” she declared. “We got to ride in the Grand Prix stadium, and the show personnel made it a really special experience for all of us.”
Being on a three-member team was “a slight disadvantage,” she said, “but we had fun.” The other four-member teams could drop their worst score. But the three member team didn’t have a score to spare.
“We rode four courses – one on Friday, two on Saturday, and the final on Sunday,” Caroline explained. “The courses were challenging, but not unmanageable.” Sunday’s final course was extra special. “We got to ride the same course used in the Grand Prix the night before, but at lower heights,” she said. “So we got to watch the Grand Prix riders go through it on Saturday night; then we rode it the next day. It really helped to see them – how they rode the lines and the turns. It was really cool to watch them!”
Although she didn’t go clean every round, she was pleased with Luke’s performance. “He was very consistent in the courses, keeping the same pace. We had some rails down, but I was proud of our performance. On the second and third days, the courses were set at 1.15M, and we had never competed at that height. But it wasn’t an issue. Luke has ‘been around the block’ and he knows what he’s doing.”
Next stop for Caroline and Luke was U.S. Pony Club Championships, July 22-26 at the Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, Virginia. She’s a C-2 member of the Penrose Farm Pony Club Center and competed in the Horse 2 Division (1.10M) in Show Jumping Rally. She was on a composite team with Becca Cahill, Brooke Treichler, both from Pennsylvania, Sydney Moriarty, from Virginia, and stable manager Carissa Elonen, from the Mid-South region. Her team placed second in the Regular division, just 3 points off the winning team. Caroline was pleased with her team’s performance: “We did really well. It was lots of fun!”
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