We then headed to do a P/T at Corona Del Sol in Baird, TX in late August. This event did not go as planned in anyway. It was very hot and the footing was very hard. Although our dressage score improved, Stromboli did not feel like himself and was extremely crooked. By SJ he was rearing a lot and running sideways, refusing to turn right, and being a total beast. SJ was such a mess I considered withdrawing before XC, but I didn't want to leave on a bad note. The next day he came out of his stall with a different attitude and blasted around the XC double clear as usual.
Our last event (pics below) for the season was at Heritage Park in Olathe, KS where we finished 7th with a few rails and time penalties, but a clean XC. Stromboli has proved he is definitely capable of succeeding at this level and he is signed up for a dressage boot camp this winter. I do not plan on eventing him again until his dressage has made significant strides.