Helpful organisers and entry secretaries at both Aston le Walls and Hartpury enabled Tim and Jonelle to compete at both venues, a good 2.5 hours apart, on different horses on the same day! Not to mention the pretty incredible team they have as their crew which also made it possible.
A very early start after Team NZ squad training the day before with Luis Alvarez and another 8 horses saw Jonelle and Cloud Dancer ( Marley) punch out another super test at Aston for a 23. Marley then showjumped clear and zipped around the cross country clear for back to back wins at the venue and looks to be back on track and on flying form again.
Marley won the dressage in that OI section but Tim was in second on Wesko ( Dash) who did a 25. Ever the professional Dash popped around the showjumping for a clear round and then ambled round the cross country for some 19 time and eventual 9th spot. Tim did say that Jonelle called him a granny but he has bigger fish to fry than Aston le Walls!
Spartaco ( Spartacus) is beginning to simply ooze class and is finding intermediate very cruisey now. A 28, another clear round over Aston’s tricky and technical track and another cross country clear with 18 time did nothing to dispel Tim’s ‘Nana’ image at Aston but Tim was delighted and said that he is really shaping up to be a properly exciting horse for the future.
A leap into the car and a dash to Hartpury for Falco to contest his first CIC 3 star and Classic Moet to have a bit of dressage and showjumping practice on her way to WEG. One 4 star winner on her way to the Worlds and one up and coming guy stepping up a level and two rather different approaches to the test. Tim was super happy with Falco’s debut at this level for a 29.3 and said that the changes show exuberance in a green way right now but that they will become a highlight with more ring practice.
Jonelle decided to ride a conservative test with Molly and not ask for too much in any of the movements so she would stay calm and listen to her… it worked out well and Molly did a mistake free test which will stand her in good stead for WEG but the mark of 32 reflected the fact that there were no highlights! Molly needs to save those for the big occasions as she does love to get quicker and quicker in her execution of the test! She is not the fastest girl in the world for nothing…
Jonelle is back at Aston le Walls with two youngsters tomorrow before they both return to Hartpury on Saturday…