With the season well under way, it feels like we spend more time traveling in the lorry than we do at home, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We have had a very busy month and have had lots of encouraging results to report, we took 4 of the horses down to Hickstead at the end of June to do some fine tuning. Maisie and Amber both jumped double clears in the 1m 25, special well done to Amber who did this 2 days running.
Imp also proved he enjoyed the show jumping outing, with a well deserved 13th in the 1m 10 out of a class of 80. Maisie and Imp also jumped double clear in the foxhunter and Columbo didn’t let the side down with a double clear in the 1metre. It’s always good to get them jumping clear at a big event like this with the bigger atmosphere, this helps keep them focused on the fences and not worry about everything else that’s going on around them.
My next event was Eridge, which is lovely and local to us, we were really pleased with Columbo III, who was placed 6th in the BE100 5year old section. An honest boy with so much scope.
We were then home for just a few days and then loaded a total of 7 horses in the lorry and headed for Barbury International. This is a great event which we always look forward to.
For such a big event Columbo III was a star, he settled well and felt ready for the job in hand. For such a young horse he really enjoys his work and came 3rd in the 5yr old young event horse class and has now qualified for Burghley. Romeo Z put in a solid performance in the 2* which placed him 21st and Chaitaigne Filice was 4th in the 2*.
Just Maisie was double clear in the 3* and came 28th out of 130, we were really pleased as the field was full of strong combinations and team horses; she was by far the least experienced. We are really excited about what the future holds for Maisie A special mention has to be made for the lovely Billy Limmerick who did his very first event, he was entered into the 4 year old young event horse at Barbury and didn’t disappoint. He did a great little dressage test and also got a very good 9 for his confirmation. Although not top ten this time round he was such a pleasure to ride and have on as part of the team.
Jasper is due to be rescanned tomorrow, so please keep your fingers and toes crossed. At the moment he is back in light work and seems fine, so we are eager to see what the vet says tomorrow.
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