Since my last blog, we have had a busy few months with lots of events and training days!
A quick update on all the horses….
MR BASS – “Chuck” has been on great form, he won the 5/6yo novice section at Salperton, jumped a lovely double clear at Aston le Walls in the Novice and then went to Camphire in Ireland for his first International event… he was a superstar, finishing on his dressage score to win the CIC*YH section!
COOLEY AGAIN – “Nostrils” has been very consistent, he won his Novice section at Salperton and has been placed 6th in his last 3 runs, including 6th place in CIC*YH section at Camphire!
COOLEY LORD LUX – “Lux” had a few ‘green’ mistakes at Salperton and Barbury but since then has been brilliant, his last run was in CIC** at Camphire where he finished on his dressage score and picked up 4th place. He now heads for his first CCI** at Hartpury this week!
OBOS COOLEY – “Fin” has been going through a bit of a ‘teenage’ phase recently!! He seems to be able to get 2 out of 3 phases right but has been making silly little mistakes in 1 of the phases which has been frustrating, but he’s only 8 years old and I’m sure he will improve with a bit more experience at the Advanced level!
PAMERO – “Pee” has been a total superstar! He did his first Advanced at Aston le Walls and made it feel like a walk in the park, jumping double clear to finish 3rd! At Gatcombe in the Intermediate Championships he did a lovely dressage but had an annoying fence down before flying round a tough xc to finish 12th.
CONTROE – “Conker” seems to have clicked into gear since his little trip to Tattersalls! He has been double clear at all his events, picking up 2nd in a hotly contested 7/8yo Intermediate section at Salperton and then 4th at Aston le Walls Intermediate, he also heads to Hartpury for the CCI**.
All the babies have been ticking along nicely, they have taken a slight back seat whilst the ground has been so hard!
I have a very exciting new ride, GRAND MANOEUVRE who is owned by Diana Chappell, has joined the team. I had my first run on him at Aston le Walls in the OI, he did a super test, had the first fence down sj and had a lovely quiet run round the xc. This was his first run since Badminton where Nick Gauntlett jumped a brilliant clear xc on him. I’m feeling very lucky to have such an exciting horse to ride and the aim will be Blenheim CCI*** at the end of the season!