We headed up to Osberton with Total Equestrians Quintessential III in the 5 year old Championships and Midnight Chill, owned by Clare White, in the 6 year old Championships.
Quintessential was first up and started as we meant to go on in the dressage. In the arena, she felt really relaxed and on side, doing a lovely rhythmical test to score 31.1 that put us in the mix. The show-jumping was in the main arena and right in the hub of the event, but this didn’t seem to phase her at all and she jumped a lovely easy clear round. Onto the cross-country and knowing that the scores were all extremely tight, there was everything to play for. We had a great round and she delivered another clear inside the time to finish 7th in the National 5 year old Championships. A top 10 placing in this class has been a real aim for her this season, so to pull it off was fantastic. The mare has been phenomenal in her first year of eventing and has delivered time and time again. I am so excited for her future and can’t wait to keep going with her next year.
We then turned out focus to Midnight Chill. He tried really hard in his test, but is still getting to grips with this phase and for where he is his score of 36.9 was fair. Moving on the jumping phases and he really excelled. In the show-jumping he really pulled it out the bag to jump a great clear round. Onto the cross country and he really made nothing the track giving me a phenomenal ride and cruised home 15 seconds inside the time.
I couldn’t have asked for more from either horses during the week. For both of them to finish on their dressage scores and put in completely confident and fault free jumping rounds was fantastic. Huge thanks to all of Team Keen for their work throughout the season with both Quintessential and Midnight Chill, to owners Clare and Total Equestrian Construction and to Alice Bradford who was brilliant at Osberton keeping both horses looking their best. They are great young horses and there is so much to look forward to with them in the future.