The centerpiece of their 2013 equestrian season, for my daughters, was the HMI Classic at the Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, CA. Much of their training, last summer, was focused in preparation for this horse show and another at Pebble Beach. Unfortunately, the Pebble Beach event was cancelled in January 2013 as the resort ownership had decided to redevelop the century-old equestrian park for other events. The change in plan, though, allowed them to focus their attention on the HMI Classic. Elizabeth used the additional training time to work with Lilith, who was making her (Lilith) competition debut. Tara was torn on whether to bring Brie or Cameron, before finally settling on Cameron.
A few scenes from the HMI Classic …
on the road in Nevada, Tara kisses Comet on a water break
Cameron after a drizzly morning practice ride at Sonoma
Elizabeth lining up Mr. Ed for their photo after winning a class ride
Tara and Cameron in the $40,000 Grand Prix (Sonoma – July 2013)
One of the best glimpses, behind the scenes, at an equestrian event was captured by professional photographer Tricia Booker in this post. Tricia, who specializes in equine sports, is an amazing photographer in capturing horses, and their riders, in motion. Her site has become a favorite of my daughters.