Seven horses left Mere Farm early on Thursday for Aston Le Walls and with three first timers as well as a couple of very experienced horses it was a good mix of age and ability. Aston is a great upgrade event for the younger horses and a cruisey back to the day job outing for the older horses.
It was actually a very uneventful day! Tim had The Windrush Foundation’s Wesko (Dash) and Falco as his experienced rides and with the last week being as busy as it has they were both perhaps a bit short of “Tim Time” to win the dressage but they both scored over 70% to put themselves right in the mix. As would be expected they both show jumped clear before as Tim put it, “tip toeing” around the cross country which seemed to have missed out on some of the rain we have had in the last week! Those two head out to Millstreet in a couple of weeks so it was an easy outing for them. Emotion ( Emma) is also heading to Millstreet but she is just a baby and on a steep learning curve as a 6 year old and a good test for a 31 with a clear showjumping left her in a competitive spot in her intermediate. Tim stepped on the gas cross country and they came home with just 1.6 time for 5th spot and a few more points to add to her tally. Emma is proving to be a really good addition to the team although since both of her intermediate starts have been at Aston she must think its the only step up venue in the country!
Jonelle had two first timers in the shape of Curly Girl and Gino Gingerino as well as the more experienced Lime Rickey. Curly posted a 30 and had a rail whilst Gino’s 38 was more a reflection of a tough scoring judge who wasn’t over impressed with any of the horses in his section! Gino had the same fence down as Curly so Jonelle decided the only common denominator was herself to took that one which is probably a bit harsh! It’s hard to jump a clear at Aston Le walls as Rickey found…. he scored a very respectable 28 on the flat before turning pretty spooky in the next phase to catch 3 rails.
Rickey didn’t have much chance to spook cross country as he came home with just 5 time and Gino, being a thoroughbred, found it relatively easy to just pick up 3 time on his debut run at this level. Curly is not a girl to be left behind by the boys and she also stepped up to the plate and went clear.
Lorenzo Monachesi’s Fabienne 507 (Fabi) was also having her first crack at an intermediate and Lorenzo should be proud of the job he has done producing her…a 34 and a double clear for top 12 is smart for a 6 year old!
So, as Jonelle says, three more new intermediates on the Farm which is great in mid August and puts them all in a good place for the young horse classes this Autumn.