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Hambleden couldn’t have been any better and its huge credit to the organizers, British Eventing and BE Volunteers for holding Sunday’s competition after Friday’s deluge. It’s one of my favorourite events and the bluebells through the woods always make it look so gorgeous there.
Phoebe in the bluebells at Hambleden
I was absolutely thrilled that Derby (Wellshead Fare Opposition) felt so good for his first run of the year in the AI. He did a lovely fluent test to lead with a score of 25.5. He then had a unlucky pole in the combination showjumping due to such holding conditions. He was awesome as ever cross country around a tough enough track. I decided to go steady for his first run so we added 20 time faults to still finish 4th.
He’ll go to Withington for the advanced next weekend, then Houghton CIC3* and then Luhmulhen.
At Hambleden Ted (Total Darkness) had his first BE100 run. The weather didn’t help in the dressage, but he was competitive and then had an unlucky pole showjumping. Cross country he was bold and brave and went clear with time faults as we are taking things very steadily.
Placings are just a bonus as this year it’s really about him getting some miles, learning the job and building his confidence.