When we went in the ring, somehow I just knew she was going to nail it once we picked up a nice canter to the first jump. She had a brilliant trip with scores in the mid to high 80's. My trainer told me not to get too excited yet, until others went to see how high the scores were from the three judges. We ended up fifth overall after the first round. The top 12 come back and do a second trip, usually a little shorter. I remember the course started out with an oxer (a fence with front and back rails) on a curve which is rare in today's hunter world (it is harder to start on a bigger jump especially coming off a turn). We had one tiny error, Sega nicked one jump with her hoof very lightly and one judge gave us a 79 the rest were in the high 80's. We ended up fourth overall, missing third place by a few hundredths of a point. It didn't matter. We were just so happy to be in there, to ride with the best in country and do well. It was one of my proudest days in the horse show world. And I will remember it forever. She was such a special horse.
This is not a favorite photo but it was taken at CC one year. She loved being a diva. Enjoy your loved ones today and share some memories or just savour some old ones.