Monday, June 8th 2015

I’m so glad to be back in my hometown!

I love driving down Macleod Trail South, and seeing that big green banner announcing one of my favorite tournaments of the year, The Spruce Meadows ‘National’ Tournament. Hosted on the best competition turf in the world, the International Ring has a notable atmosphere that is just incredible.

All my horses jumped very well this past week at the ‘National’. My new mount, Plume de la Roque and I competed in the 1.50m division which was quite ambitious seeing as we don’t know each other that well yet. She handled it super with only minor errors resulting in 4 or 8 jumping faults each trip. With each competition of the ‘National,’ we seem to become more connected, so I’m very excited to try her out in the Grand Prix this weekend on Meadows on the Green for the ‘Continental’ Tournament.

Doremi was very good on opening day of the ‘National.’ We entered in the Roadtrek Motorhomes 1.55m competition and finished with just the one rail at the double of verticals. I then saved him for the rest of the week, entering for the first time and finishing 12th in the ultimate stamina test, the CNOOC Nexen Cup Derby.

Carmen had some great, confident rounds in the 1.40m divisions. My young mare, Fayvor, got some important experience and mileage in the lower divisions, pulling only one rail all week!

An added bonus of being on home turf is that I really love seeing my dad, Jonathan Asselin, back in the saddle and competing with his new prospect horses, Zidane and Cascal.

Although the week started off on a good foot, I’m still not nearly satisfied enough. I hope that this weeks’ ‘Continental’ Tournament, brings us more consistent rounds, more placings and hopefully a big win!