As so many things change in the sport, it is always nice to watch a rider who has achieved sustainability over the years... Michelle Parker is one of those. When Carol Parker, owner of Cross Creek Farms, was congratulated her response was epic..."Thank you! I never forget how lucky I am to have the magic bullet, my daughter Michelle." Truer words were never spoken.
The class at the Showpark Racing Festival was one of those VERY nice times. The weather was amazing, the schedule allowed for the jumper riders to be at the ring and the choice of the class music was fun. The course was certainly good enough and big enough and the time was tight. 10 of the 27 starters had time faults and several of the riders had problems and withdrew.
Four ladies returned for the jump off and it got pretty exciting, especially for Mavis Spencer. Starting off with an amazing blast of speed and crafty turns, it looked like she may easily have it...then zipping a quick turn back to #4 in the JO she had a little 'spin out' of traction and I though she may go down. BUT NOPE, she flung her arms and kicked and went on along but a little slower. "I really thought I was doing something special and I just plain had it this time," said Mavis. "Then I stepped on the pedal a bit more after jump 3 in the JO course and all of a sudden I thought I may just get to eat grass instead, but he sure saved my backend!!" And we all laughed!
Mavis is one of the most entertaining and funny people I have ever met. Raised here on the west coast riding with Meadow Grove, she is now the rider for Neil Jones and his traveling road show. They are serious, driven workaholics and at the same time have the hugely innate love of the horse. They love to do sales and have a few clients on the road with them. I have to tell you when I stopped at their barn after the class the crew congregated and we literally laughed for over an hour. GEEZ I love these guys!