From the outdoor patio of our favorite restaurant in the entire world, The Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek, we have the perfect view of The Spring Creek Equestrian Center, where competition begins today at The Jackson Hole Horse Trials with the dressage phase of the competition. With over 200 rides and competitors from California, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming, Jackson Hole is worth the trip when it comes to picking an event in the wild west to participate in.
Featuring an advanced division for the first time, the cross-country course designed by Capt. Mark Phillips and constructed by Mick Costello, is ready for action which will begin at 8:AM Saturday morning. But it's not just the horse action that makes this event. Hosted by Bill and Robin Weiss, hospitality abounds, from fine wine and dinners for the hard working officials, to Sporting Clay Shooting, and Fly-Casting lessons. Then there's the shopping and fine dining in the very western town of Jackson Hole. The magnificent Teton Mountain Range, the perfect backdrop for our photos, looms over all activities. While we can see plumes of smoke in the distance from the vast wildfires haunting the west, the skies are clear here, and everyone seems to have made it through the mountain pass.
After an awesome dinner of elk and encrusted oriental fish, followed by a dessert of huckleberry crème bruleè, we headed down the hill where we are staying (in the building on the lower left-hand corner) for the weekend.
www.springcreekequestrian.com With the recent departure of dressage trainer Kris Montgomery, a quality selection of international caliber dressage horses is actively for sale, which can be found on the Spring Creek Website.
www.springcreekranch.com A luxury resort with spectacular views of the Teton Mountains, and home of DressageDaily's favorite restaurant, The Granery. Tell them Mary and JJ. sent you, maybe they'll buy us a drink!