The others have also been out and about, we had Harry in the BE100 at Hendersyde and Oliver and Sky in the BE90, they all had posh shoes on in the Dressage that had them all around the top of the placing’s, Harry and Oliver both SJ Clear and Sky just touched one so good there. Oliver was a wee bit green at the start so had a little wobble to the second fence then got better and better as he went on, a 20 pens for him but still improving. Sky also picked up a 20 when she got a real surprise coming face to face with the elephant styled jump, but after a brief pause to check all was ok she whizzed round the rest. Harry was also not impressed with Nelly and his eyes were well and truly out on stalks. I didn’t really like the design of it as its trunk bends back in the direction of the rider and horse’s head, so as he was being a bit wriggly I didn’t want to risk him hurting himself so called it a day as he was feeling very happy till then.
It was then up to Blair which was a bit of a logistics mission as we had horses up for a bit, then swapped them for some others, so we had 5 up over the competition. Duck was first on doing the CIC *** guinea pig test in some very heavy rain. It was then over to the Working Hunter ring with Oliver and Sky they both jumped really nice clears in a massive class, 64 starters. I was going to take Sky back in, but not being a regular on the showing circuit the rules have changed since I last did it and you are now not allowed to wear back SJ boots for the jumping, so poor old Sky missed out on a gallop! Oliver stepped up though and behaved immaculately, he was pulled in first and finished up 2nd which was fab. It was then a quick smarten up and out to take some photos with Dave Cameron Photography for a press release to announce my teaming up with Blues and Browns, who will be making me look very glam at trot ups from now on.
The second day at Blair was SJ day, Yorkie jumped in the 1.15 for 4 faults in the jump off and touching two in the 1.20. Duck just had a spin round the 1.20 and was wild, he thought he should really show off, nice clear and a rosette from him though. Harry had to wait a very long time for his class and missed the second as first hadn’t started before the second finished, I was really chuffed with him finishing in 3rd out of a massive class which only had 4 double clears.
The following day was more SJ Duck and Yorkie both jumped the 1.20 in the morning and both had the 1st fence in the Jump off, whoops! They then went on to jump the 1.25 in the main arena and I was really pleased with them both, Duck jumped a really smart clear and Yorkie just touched one pole but a really good outing for him. It was then Harry’s turn and he did his first 1.10 and again jumped a cracker of a round to be one of not many double clears so another rosette for him, good boy!
Day 4 was a little less busy on the jumping front, and I just jumped Harry in the 1.10 Championship, where he did a lovely clear in the first round, couple of poles in the Jump off where I just had him a little short off the turn, but not much to complain about with him.
Richmond was the following Friday’s party, with Yorkie in the OI, Harry and Oliver in the BE100. Yorkie jumped a lovely double clear to finish up 9th, he felt really settled in the SJ ring so Blair definitely been helpful there. Harry was also double clear and 9th, nice dressage and on a mission XC. I had taken Oliver down as the lorry was going but never planned on running him XC, but I was very pleased with his SJ, one pole but plenty to look at so more mileage gained.
If you want to see what is going on at Burghley this week the best place to catch up is on Burghley TV where you can click on a competitors name and it will show you their Dressage, XC and SJ. Hopefully I have attached the link!