I had a great two days of competition at Tweseldown and really enjoyed the event. The courses were very educational and had lots of variation. I felt like the event team had put a lot of thought into creating interesting courses for each level. The 90 and the 100 feeling like miniature versions of the Novice and then the Novice had smaller versions of international type fences. Great for young horses to be able to get experience over these types of courses at the lower levels.

Quintessential III (Chilli) was in the 5 year old qualifier. She did a nice test, not her best, but fine to score 30 and then jumped a super double clear. Her jumping was really excellent and she finished 3rd. Our aim for her this year, was to qualify her for the young horse championships at Osberton and with this result she has already achieved her main goal. It has great to have ticked this off already and we can now enjoy the rest of the season with her, continuing her education and getting her ready for the championships.

Quintessential III cross country

Total Miracle (Leo) was competing in his 2nd ever event. At the moment, he is still a big gangly baby and he will take a while to grow into himself, but he is proving to have a lovely temperament and is very honest. He did a nice test for 29, a good first attempt at jumping on grass for one down and then a lovely round cross country. I had to work quite hard, as he is green, but so willing. We will take our time with him and see how he progresses.

Total Miracle dressage

Back for day two with Total Darkness (Ted) in the novice. In May he bruised his foot out in Renswoude, so it was his first run back since then. The break doesn’t seem to have done any harm as he did a good test for 29.8 and then followed it up with an easy double clear. I took him steady cross-country, but he definitely feels back on track which is great. He will now be aimed at Hartpury CCI*.

Total Darkness show-jumping