Boyd Recounts AEC Championship Win with Long Island T

I can’t begin to tell you all how happy I am with Ludwig! Everything went to absolute plan since backing off him and resting him up after his injury just before Kentucky this spring. There has been a lot of hard work and patience that all paid off last night!

On Thursday Ludwig did a ripper of a dressage test. He was awesome. And the good news is, there is plenty of room for improvement going forward. He was a little bit curled in his three halts and I lost him in the walk, but his flying changes were awesome (thanks, Silva!).  All in all, I believe that in time he can match any horse in the world in the dressage.
After giving his legs a light test a few weeks ago around an easy Preliminary at Fair Hill, I decided to allow Ludwig to run on a little on cross country day at the AEC’s. It was a very difficult track with lots of size and technicality and Ludwig was an absolute champion. He really jumped well. There was a hold on course, so we got a bit of a breather half way around, and Ludwig stayed focused and jumped brilliantly after our rest.
He pulled up perfectly after the cross country and felt in tip top shape for last night’s jumping. Thanks to a massive storm front that rolled in, lightning and all, it was about 11 pm by the time we jumped. With a big course under bright lights I was feeling the pressure and Ludwig could not have jumped better. He jumped like a bunny rabbit to win the class by more than 8 points. I was so happy with him.
Many thanks to all of the Syndicate members for their support. I really think Ludwig could be very competitive at the Kentucky in April next year; our next stop is the local Plantation International CIC4*-S.
Cheers,
Boyd

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