|It was a very happy birthday for Susan Lyman of Middleburg, Virginia who rode Nancy Milburn’s All In One to the blue in the High Performance Hunter 4’ class yesterday at the Lexington Spring Premiere.|
“I haven’t jumped a 4’ course, since this past winter, in ten years,” said Lyman. “Bella [All In One] made her 4’ debut in Ocala in February. We didn’t win anything, but we just had so much fun!”
Second place was awarded to McKenzie Clayton’s Farcolle, ridden by Winn Alden. That’ll Do, owned and ridden by Alan Lohman earned a third place finish.
“Today’s course rode very nicely. It was built to a real 4’ and it was just a blast. My horse was so comfortable, the footing was great and the day was just perfect,” she said.
Lyman continued, “I’ve had this mare [All In One] in my barn since 2015 and have brought her along. She’s really a very special horse and I’m grateful to have the ride. Not many horses can do this,” she said. “She’s 14 years old now and I don’t jump her that much. I feel like once they know their job, you just need to keep them sound and happy. I just hack her out and Nancy rides her a bit out cross country with some small jumping lessons in the ring.”
All In One was the USHJA High Score High Performance Confirmation Hunter last year for Zone 3 and Reserve 3’9 Green for Zone 3.
“It really does take a team,” commented Lyman. “I am very thankful for the help from Tom Brennan, Peter Foley, Glenn Moody, Miranda Scott and Katie Prudent. At my age, it takes all of that!” laughed Lyman.