It all started well, Dino quite literally flew through the trot-up (like a kite!) - Emma Hale, my groom, did an amazing job holding onto him!!
Then the rain came down for the Team test, Dino doesn't like the rain but he still tried to do his best. We have a flat test which left us in 8th place and the battle was on to qualify for the freestyle final (top 7 go through).
Individual test day went a bit smoother and Dino found his mojo to dance to 6th place AND that left us lying in 6th place overall (scores were that tight together) and into the freestyle!
The Freestyle day was lovely and sunny, the surface had dried out and the arena was riding very fast unbeknown to me as I was the first to go in the Grade 3. Dino was on steaming good form and even had a little bronc around the outside of the arena before we started. I love my dramatic music, put together for me by Tom Hunt. We had a couple of tension mistakes which proved costly and we finished way before the music did, I was praying as I hit the final trot tour that we were on the second loop of the music, but alas no, we halted and the music kept rolling. But even with these issues we finished 4th in the WORLD, just shy of a medal.
Thank you to all of Team Equine Canada, Gareth Hughes, my sponsors and supporters for making this possible!