I was bursting with pride all weekend long as my new 8-year-old draft cross mare Kappa Sweetheart had a rock star showing at the 20th Anniversary Holly Hill Horse Trials at Holly Hill Equestrian Center in Benton, LA.

While Sweetie and Carlye didn't end up in the ribbons (they placed 9th) they had a great weekend jam packed with fun and new experiences! I can't wait to ride her myself one day in the Holly Hill Trials.

Visitors had the chance to see the sport of three day eventing up close and personal as 300+ horse and rider teams tackled dressage, cross country and stadium jumping. I know of at least one little girl who fell in love with the sport and had her parents sign her up for lessons on the spot!

I was honored to be asked to announce the entire affair again. I've included some pictures taken of Sweetie and Carlye over the weekend by Ann Switalski. She's truly a talented photographer you should consider for any photography needs you might have.

I leave Wednesday to cover Sydney Conley Elliott's bid for the Rolex crown at Kentucky Horse Park. Beware, you'll see plenty of horse pictures here in the near future!