|Diamond Mountain Stables|
|A Quest for Excellence|
2017 Show Dates
4/28 & 5/6 possible haul in to Woodside show weather permitting
Week 8: Mar 14-19
It’s Over - Devon started us off in jumping around the Low Classic aboard Hartsley to finish up her fun circuit, then Duncan & Eli put down a fantastic double clean in the tough final A/O Classic to earn themselves a long ribbon & Lori & Coco delivered our final round of the circuit in the show ring in their Classic. Lori went home show Champion in her age division & Melly went home Reserve Champion in hers & most of the day was devoted to packing up & all is ready for an early departure tomorrow
Penultimate Coachella report - Finishing up just in the nick of time, everybody is hot & tired of being hot & just plain tired...equines & humans. Wisely riding in the first class of the day, Christine & Linden whipped out a beautiful fast double clean in the open 1.15s to wrap up her circuit! Duncan & Eli jumped in the heat of the day w/ one rail down in an otherwise lovely round & Lori & Coco jumped another fantastic clean first round, but as Macella demonstrated in her ride on Coco , the need for speed can exact a toll in the jump-offs w/Coco...& we'll leave it @ that! Melly & Cadison laid down a somewhat involuntary on the part of Melly, fast double clean in the A/As for a second place ribbon & Lori & Julio finished up second as well in their age division. The show day finished up w/ Devon & Hartsley touching one rail down & having one time fault in the Lows, perfect prep for tomorrow's classic. Breakdown is in full swing, new horses are arriving every day & Marci & Dave will join the Foley parents & Claudia Sonders tomorrow as everyone assembles to watch the Million.
Fabulous Final Fri - After another great start @ RP, Jen once again was first in the show ring & demonstrated that she & Grace have mastered the 1.10 division, next up Devon was re-united w/Hartsley & they started off w/a fast clean in the modifieds. Melly & Cadison jumped their best round of the show & finished up w/a yellow ribbon & Christine & Traveler moved effortlessly back into the A/As. Both Duncan on Eli & Lori on Coco jumped fantastic fast cleans in the A/O's. Melly laid down her best trip of the circuit with a fast double clean on Sotna & Devon & Hartsley wrapped up our day w/one rail down in the Low Children’s.
Thu - Crazy beautiful morning @ RP! Jen & Gracie started the day off w/a blue ribbon round in the 1.00 & then stepped next door to jump around the 1.10s w/ease. Then Lori jumped an absolutely beautiful round on Coco in the A/Os & Duncan & Eli jumped a nice round in the same class w/an odd rail down @ fence 6. Big group jump school for Dora, Canada & Kimber & Comet in Jumper 3. Aboard Linden Christine jumped a beautiful round, so pretty it was just a little too slow to advance to the jump off! Lori & Julio finished up our day w/a fast double clean in the sweltering heat.
Wed - Unbelievably, today was my final day showing @ Thermal, now called Coachella, 2017. Had a lovely round on Comet for a blue ribbon & had a nice round on the GP field w/Danny in the 1.40s, just touching down the rail of the "invisible" yellow & had a chip that brought tears of laughter to the eyes of complete strangers ( to say nothing of the DMS crowd) aboard Cadison to conclude my circuit. Christine & Traveler had an outstanding round in jumper one, unfortunately cantering by fence 5 once before circling back to jump it