It rained, it rained alot! But the race was great anyway and horses cooled down faster with the rains help.
The last of our Triple Crown Endurance Races was very exciting with finishes for first and second and third and fourth down to the nose at a full out gallop! Gabe Baron on Lil Bit, ended up taking his sweep of three by a nose at the finish over Davina Bedran as she closed in on Conquistador, one more stride and I think she would have gotten him.
The two geldings are half brothers, same stud, two different mares and are TOTALLY different, Lil Bit is this tough, cocky, 14.3 hand lil dark chocolate half arab and Conquistador is this regal, big chestnut who has an air about him of superiority. Any one wanting a strong heart for endurance racing needs to talk to Abdala Bedran about his arabian stallion. Both of these gelding come in strong and drop to the low parameters quicker then anyone elses horses ever dreamed of. And, Lil Bit is for sale as Gabe will be in Canada for college this fall.
The Belize Equestrian Academy arena is designed so well, that all though we had standing water while the rain was falling, it cleared and dried up within about an hour for the remaining speed classes of the open show. Now we will add more sand to it and have a great facility to run barrels and poles in on a routine basis. I think the speed show is what the audience loves the best. We try to make it a bit of a learning experience as well. I do the announcing and explain things as we run the classes. Hopefully our clinic in May will be a big success and get even more folks into running barrels...Do I see NBHA on the horizon? HMMMmmmm!