Aesthete is the Bright Spot for Silva Martin and Owner Faye Woolf Winning the Markel/USEF Dressage 6 Year Old Eastern Division
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Posted by bossmare
Silva Martin and Aesthete’s owner Faye Woolf decided to stick to the plan by heading to Morven Park for the Markel/USEF Young Dressage Eastern Selection Trials for the 6-Year-Olds just a few days after a fire at her husband Boyd Martin’s leased barn claimed the lives of 6 event horses. “I was not planning on going, but there’s not really anything left for me to do at home for the moment,” Martin commented on her blog. “I can’t say that I have had the best preparation for this show, but I think it might be good to get a change of scenery and keep the horses on track.” The 8.2 overall result required for the 2011 F.E.I. World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany August 3-7 would have been poetic justice, but after the finale and their strong showing all weekend the .052% difference could have heartbreaker. Considering all they had been through that week that it went as well as it did was a testimony to the horse, rider, owner and the event.
Woolf who has owned several famous event horses recalled that same message years ago when USEF Team event rider Becky Holder found Courageous Comet. “I told Silva if I decided I did not want to be his owner I would patiently give her all the time she needed to find owners for him and just pay me back the cost and expenses, Woolfe told DressageDaily.
Martin rode skillfully responding to the judges’ comments asking for more hind end to match the flamboyant front leg extensions. But they lost just the slightest of ground during Sunday’s Finale scoring an 8.2 in the trot compared to the 8.8 in the Preliminary test, and an 8.2 in the canter from the 8.5. Understanding the horse might be tired was the judges’ commentary, and the 7.6 in the walk score was explained by what they noted a shortness in the right hind in the walk movement. With a submission score of 7.9 and overall impression an 8.2, it took waiting for the final calculations to determine the final score on Sunday’s Finale test of 8.148 calculated with the Preliminary results of 8.34x40% would give them the 8.148 total missing the magic 8.2% needed for Verden.
“We feel that things happen for a reason and this was not meant to be,” Woolf noted. “I think we are only disappointed from the standpoint that we believe he is a 10 and they (the judges) didn't! I have learned through the years that all I want is "happy, healthy, and safe and sound" and anything after that is icing on the cake. We love him no matter what he scores!”
Woolfe who sadly lost one of the horses who perished in the fire, Call Me Ollie, admits to having to manage her emotions at the Dressage Trials noting “the highs and lows of having these amazing animals in our lives! To see ‘Stately’ go and to think of Ollie was quite emotional. One of the reasons I decided to keep Stately was he reminded me so much of Ollie. Stately has Ollie's qualities of an amazing brain, great presence, and unconditional love and trust of us.” And now they are looking forward to returning the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois for the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships August 25-28 where Woolf has been several times with her event horses. “Lamplight has brought me wonderful memories. This was where Ollie did his first Intermediate Horse Trial and my horse Highland Hogan did his first Advanced and was officially retired in a ceremony there. We will gladly go, cherish the memories and make more.”
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