This proved a busy competition with four horses running between 11am and 6pm so it was non-stop for a few hours!
Cascadelle (Lola) lead her dressage on a score of 27.7, jumped an immaculate showjumping round, just rolling a pole, and was super cross country where I didn’t feel she needed to run quickly. She felt great and they’d used some of the advanced fences so it was a good education. Finishing sixth was a nice bonus.
Total Darkness (Ted) was a very good boy in his BE100 section. He did a 28 dressage despite finding the judge’s box absolutely terrifying. It took a minute or two for him to relax enough to trot past it, much to the judge’s amusement. He then jumped a really lovely double clear to finish eighth.
Highmead Proposition (Jake) didn’t enjoying the ground in the showjumping and we rolled some poles, but he was superb across country in the intermediate and is starting to feel like a bit of a machine.
Total Belief (April) did a stunning dressage to take the lead in her novice section, even though there was a pheasant in her arena as we went across the diagonal, but she ignored it, which the judge commented on! Again I had one pole-it is in the showjumping, but she did a lovely clear cross country and to finish third.
Peter Holdgate’s Haylestown Clover Quin (Harley) did a good dressage test in a competitive OI section, we rolled a pole sjowjumping, I think I had fourfaultitis, and he was super cross country.
Bicton Arena International
We’ll be at Bicton Arena in Devon this weekend where Harley will compete in Friday’s OI, Jake and Lola will go in the intermediate, Total Belief will run in a novice section, and Ted in a BE100.