Despite the lake-like conditions, this was a really good test for them. Eugene is a little inconsistent, but there are more good, connected moments than bad. And he honestly does a great job of splashing through the water like it’s no big deal.
I watch this video and all I can think is why the hell is that saddle pad slipping back like that? I fixed it TWICE in the warm up. You can also watch Eugene staring hard at the jump judge at #2 (the jump you can hear my husband asking Eugene to look at in the helmet cam video) and I’m pretty sure the judge is laughing with them. Eugene isn’t even challenged by BN XC anymore. They just need to solve the whole stadium issue.
I don’t know what Eugene is spooking at before the first jump, but wow. The 6-7 line was a hot mess express, but the rest of the course went pretty well. I remain really happy with their forwardness at the 4AB combo. it’s cute to watch Eugene’s ears prick forward at each jump. He might not be the most stylish jumper, but he does seem to love it.