Coates-Holmes takes advantage of schooling show

  • Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013 11:52 p.m.

LCH Enterprises’ Lynn Coates-Holmes had a blast.

The Aiken-based eventer had three rides Saturday at the Full Gallop Farm schooling horse trials, going beginner novice on Amy Blunt’s RC, training on Full Gallop’s Cochise and preliminary on Full Gallop’s Gaelic Guy.

“Julie (Zapapas) made the courses a blast,” said Coates-Holmes. “We had the same courses a couple of weeks ago (during the recognized horse trials in June). But, it was really nice having fresh horses on new courses. It was great to be able to gallop around and get a nice positive feel.”

RC gives new meaning to the phrase that age is relative. The gelding adjusted to the competition after initially being a bit apprehensive.

“He’s seven but he’s a youngster,” said Coates-Holmes. “He’s going on 4-years-old. He had a little difficulty with leaving home, and wanting to be positive out there, so this was a huge day. He did his job. He never questioned his job. He was a rock star. He’s going to be a great horse for Amy.”

The 7-year-old possesses a huge stride, and Saturday’s schooling horse trials provided RC with invaluable experience as he prepares to work his way up the levels. The gelding will become more bold on cross country with time, said Coates-Holmes. RC has already demonstrated a much braver attitude while answering the questions he’s been presented. RC’s pretty careful in the stadium jumping arena, and has shown promise in the dressage ring.

“He’s still green at this moment, but he’s very good,” said Coates-Holmes.

A strained back his last time out couldn’t keep Coates-Holmes’ Full Gallop’s Cochise from competing on Saturday.

“He rocked around the cross country course like a champ,” said Coates-Holmes. “He was fantastic.”

It was only last month that Coates-Holmes and Full Gallop’s Gaelic Guy placed second going preliminary/training, and Saturday was their first time at preliminary.

One of Coates-Holmes’ students, Cathy Ann Coward, placed first in the novice division with her horse Irish.

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