Fair Hill Wins

I’m not really sure how to put this weekend into words but I will try my best.

Unmarked Bills gave me another great run around the advanced level gaining confidence and valuable knowledge. Billy jumped extremely well around the CIC3* track to bring home a 7th place finish. To be able to gain the experience at this level on such a special horse is something I could never repay Billy for. I thank him constantly for trusting me as much as I trust him, and for being my once in a lifetime partner.

Hannah and Antonio Salazar’s stallion Sandro’s Star (Sagnol – Nostalgia’s Star xx – Envoy xx) completed his first CIC2* this weekend. Sandro put in a lovely test followed by a clean Show Jumping and Cross Country round to finish the weekend taking home the win! I feel an immense amount of gratitude towards so many for this opportunity. The Salazar’s have put their trust in me to allow me to ride Sandro and continue to support me each and every day in more ways than I could list which is something I’m so grateful for. Ricardo Gandarilla has put so much into not only myself but the horses and the entire team. Without him the farm wouldn’t be able to run the way it does. I’m thankful to Stephanie Young for her continued support, help and dedication making sure everything runs extremely well and her and Ricardo’s continued care for the horses. Klaus Schengber believed in this partnership and presented us with this opportunity as well as his continued encouragement and belief. And I’d like to personally thank one extremely important person in Sandro’s connection – Vicki Bauer, thank you for breeding such an incredible horse and allowing everyone at Zaragoza Acres to be a part of his journey. I hope we make you proud each and every day and continue to do so in the future. Your believing in us and allowing us to have this opportunity is something we could never thank you enough for.

To finish an incredible weekend, Nancy Holowesko’s mare Aura CF (Belissimo -Licotus – Quo Vadis) had her second Eventing start and winning her Training Divison! Aura is an exceptional mare that has been a pleasure to have in our program. Aura put in a wonderful dressage test and continued to jump beautifully around the Show Jumping and Cross Country. I can’t thank Nancy enough for breeding such an exceptional horse and entrusting Aura to us. This lovely mare is offered for sale and will be sure to make someone an incredible Upper Level partner.

I am so grateful for an incredible support system and it amazes me that people are willing to devote everything to make these dreams a reality and to join us on this adventure. I feel incredibly lucky to be surround by such an amazing team, family, friends and support group. Everyone at Zaragoza Acres has put so much into all of the horses in our program. I thank everyone constantly but I’m not sure they truly understand the level of thanks I have. None of this would have happened, nor could any of this happen, without them. This is the hardest working group of people I know who only want what’s best for each other and strive to make each other the best they can be. This one is for my horses, my team, our sponsors and those who support us on this journey and continue to make our dreams a reality!

Chris