I am over the moon with Oskar’s performance at Red Hills International this past weekend. It was his second run of the season and his second Advanced. Tallahassee, Fl received quite a bit of rain once we got down there and the crew at Red Hills did a wonderful job maintaining the ground.
On dressage day, Oskar had his dancing shoes on scoring a 24.1 to sit second behind RF Scandalous (who is the QUEEN of dancing in the sandbox). He is getting so much stronger, so it was nice to see that all of our hard work is starting to pay off.
Cross Country day was next.
At Red Hills the time is almost always impossible to make at the Advanced level, so with the rest of his season in mind, I just wanted to give him the best ride I could and not worry about the time.
He felt amazing the whole way around, so bold and confident. I really couldn’t have asked for a better round. At the end of the day, we had the quickest round in the Advanced division putting us in the overnight lead.
I really cherish the partnership I have with him because we both trust each other a lot.
On the final day, Oskar and I headed into the Show jumping arena with no room for error. I was the last in the arena, so I knew I needed to jump clear in order to win. No pressure.
But, Oskar was a star jumping around with a double clear to take the win. March 8th holds a significant place in my heart because on that day in 2012 my father lost his battle with cancer. So this win was really special and it was for him!
Reflecting on the weekend, I can’t help but be extremely grateful for the group of people and sponsors that I have supporting me and my horses because we couldn’t do it without you! Thank you for helping us look and feel our best 24/7.
Hi everyone! This winter has been pretty busy as I have been preparing for the upcoming season which starts this weekend! My young horse Cornelius will make his USA Eventing debut in the Novice at Three Lakes Horse Trials, so that is very exciting.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to Wellington for a few days and ride with Matt Hollberg. It was a great experience for me and more importantly for the horses since the atmosphere was quite electric. I brought Bliss III, Oskar and Cornelius and they handled everything very well, producing multiple clear rounds.
To be honest I was a bit nervous to go to Wellington since I had only been back riding for a week beforehand. As some of you may know I am in college, but my schedule is anything but normal. I only go to school in the fall since that is when my show season is the lightest, but I fly in and out to ride when possible. Doing so certainly does not makes things easy, but I am so close to finishing I just need to get it done. Compromise am I right? I’m extremely grateful to have my support system aka the village of people who make it all possible. I truly could not make everything work without them.
So, after Wellington the horses had a day off and then it was back to work because the E25 assessments were two days later. I’m grateful to have been selected for the assessment sessions and I had a really great time while I was attending it. I’m looking forward to the next step, but more importantly to the rest of the season.
It’s an exciting year for sure, so I can’t wait to get it started!
Alyssa and Oskar closed out their year in style at the Ocala Jockey Club International Event. With Alyssa back in Texas attending school at Texas Christian University this fall, Jennie Brannigan has kept all of Alyssa’s horses in top form for her during the week before Alyssa would come in to ride whenever she could. Because of this, Alyssa felt more than confident heading into their first 4*-S as a pair at Ocala. It was also Oskar’s first Advanced/4* but after his stellar year, he was more than prepared for the upgrade. Their weekend started off with a super Dressage test that saw them land in the top five. Oskar then show jumped well and handled all of the 4* cross country questions with ease to finish clear with planned time around his first try at the level. When the dust settled and the weekend was over, Alyssa and Oskar finished in the top 10 behind their three superb phases. Alyssa is so excited to carry this momentum into 2020 and looking forward to kicking off the new year with all of her horses including a very special new addition from Germany. Thank you all so much for your support. Stay tuned!
Alyssa and Oskar have clinched a wire-to-wire win in the CCI3*L-U25 at Bromont! After a fabulous three phases, they only added 1.6-time penalties to their dressage score of 25.70 to take home the win. It was a very special moment for Alyssa and her entire team. So many people have helped her get here and while she couldn’t possibly list them all, she can’t thank you enough.
In addition to competing individually, Alyssa and Oskar were also apart of Team Leslie Law for the US Equestrian’s Future’s Team Challenge. Team Leslie Law finished second to Team Erik Duvander on a score of 114.2 with Alyssa leading the team individually. Alyssa was thrilled to be in a team environment and soaked up all the insightful knowledge from this invaluable experience. Way a way to finish out the spring season. Great job Alyssa and Oskar!
Alyssa is at Bromont! After a great run at Fair Hill’s May Horse Trials where Oskar finished in third after adding some planned cross country time to his 22.1 dressage score, she had been working hard at her home base at Jennie Brannigan’s Pennsylvania farm. FE Celestino had a great weekend at Fair Hill as well. He nearly matched Oskar’s score on the flat, receiving a 22.4, and lead from start to finish. What a good boy!
Alyssa was so excited to join her teammates, Alex Baugh, Mallory Hogan, and Cosby at Bromont where she will be riding on Leslie Law’s team during the US Equestrian’s Future’s Team Challenge. She can’t wait to contest the CCI3*L-U25 with Oskar. Stay tuned for updates throughout the week!
Oskar has settled in nicely and had a little jump school today with Leslie. Excited to be here and be apart of the futures team challenge with some great riders! Very grateful to USEF and USET for this opportunity… now if only it would warm up some!