Team Keen headed to Sapey with no less than 7 horses. A full on day, but it was well worth it.
First up was Midnight Chill in the novice. He is becoming so consistent at this level and picked up another 6th place (3rd in a row!)! I am really pleased for his owner Clare White that he is having such a good solid season, he will have his first international run at Gatcombe in the CIC* then onto Osberton 6 yr old championships.
I had two new rides at Sapey thanks to owner Margaret Cuff. We had a really good first outing with Barrison who won his novice section with a 29 double clear. It is only his second novice class in his career, so we were all delighted, hopefully we can keep this form up! I also had my first ride on Leaping Lord. Sadly he got a bit tense on the flat, but jumped well to finish 8th in the open novice.
Quintessential III continues to impress and finished 2nd in the BE100, with a 24 dressage and easy double clear. I really love riding this mare and am so excited for her future. Next stop for her Osberton 5 year championships.
Last but not least was the baby of the gang, Total Miracle. He put in a really solid performance doing a nice test of 34 and a double clear in the BE100 to finish 10th.
Cross country highlights of all horses
Our apprentices were also on flying form. Leah Bentley did really well, with a nice test, one pole down and a clear cross country. Finishing just outside the top 10 in the novice, but gaining her qualification for 1*. Alice Bradford was doing her second event in the UK, going well in the dressage and improving on all three phases from Firle to finish 8th. I was a very proud coach as they both put in great performances.
Overall a mega day, with all the horses performing brilliantly which led to some well deserved placings for them. Huge thanks to all the team for making such a busy day run so smoothly, especially to Sarah Trenchard and my lovely Mum.