Never Ceasing (Piney) improved his dressage to earn a 36 and sit in 4th in the OBN division. I know this horse is capable of much better scores, but I'm still learning just how much he can be pushed in the ring. The dressage judge was not giving points away, and this score put us only 3 points from first - less than a rail!
Heritage Park updated their XC course with a new track and some new fences. As soon as we left the start box, I knew we were going to have a fantastic round. He jumped every fence out of stride and we came home with a double clear. The next day, show jumping was bright & loud, up on the hill in the grass ring, & Piney felt very green. Luckily he does not like to touch the fences, so despite a few awkward distances, we pulled off another double clear. We finished the weekend in 4th place in our division. As I was packing up to go home, I learned that they were announcing the Thoroughbred Incentive Program Awards (T.I.P.) for the best score by a Thoroughbred at each level (across all divisions), and was surprised to find out that Piney won for the Beginner Novice level and also received $50 in prize money!