Badminton Cross Country day

Badminton Cross Country day
NZL-Tim Price rides Ringwood Sky Boy during the CCI4* Cross Country. Interim-14th. Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Gloucestershire, Great Britain. Saturday 5 May. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

Cross country day dawned bright and sunny and the crowds were stacked up to get in even before 8am.  The kiwi tent did an amazing breakfast and as always Beanie Davidson cooked her socks off, ably supported by Kerryn Edmans who was secretly yearning to be on the end of Classic Moet’s ( Molly) lead rope!

Tim watched a few and headed out on Ringwood Sky Boy with quiet confidence as Ozzie is well known for his speed and agility round Badminton.  An amazingly smart piece of footwork through the tricky early Huntsmans Close combination of angled logs was dead impressive ( not so many years ago Ozzie could well have faceplanted at that point) and Tim looked on track.  What Tim didn’t know was that presumably Ozzie had laid a few bets the night before and had bravely decided that this year he would go barefoot as the ground was soft enough for such heroics and by the lake he had removed one front shoe with the other swiftly following.  This left Tim in a tricky predicament as without both front shoes Ozzie did not have the same balance and he began to argue with Tim a bit and was jumping in a more ‘Ozzie of old” fashion!  So Tim did what Tim had to do and took his foot a little off the pedal as, he quite wisely said. “otherwise we fall over”.  10.2 time left them in their overnight 14th place and was still a great round.  Ozzie was pretty pleased to get his shoes back on and I have no doubt that he wont be pulling that trick again!

NZL-Tim Price rides Ringwood Sky Boy during the CCI4* Cross Country. Interim-14th. Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Gloucestershire, Great Britain. Saturday 5 May. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

 

NZL-Jonelle Price rides Classic Moet during the CCI4* Cross Country. Interim-1st. Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Gloucestershire, Great Britain. Saturday 5 May. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

A long old wait for Classic Moet with drama spread all around the course and the tricky angled hedge out of the lake claiming a fair few scalps for sure.  Finally we saw Jonelle and Molly go flying out of the start box and over the first fence.  They zipped through Huntsmans Close and flew the big log into the lake.  Jonelle rode a positive ride to the fence in the water as she thought Molly may back off but she made up ground and hit it pretty hard.  A great save by Jonelle to stay aboard and a quick change of plan and out by the longer route.  Time was now going to be impossible… no one had made it anywhere under 14 seconds over and a long route meant you had no chance.  Jonelle was 17 seconds down with no where to catch up.

And she jumped and she galloped in her own unique style.  The Vicarage Vee, the Colt Pond, The Dew Pond…. and she kept on making up time whist setting up and riding the combinations beautifully.  They came in just one second over making them by far and away the fastest time of day and into the lead.

And there they stayed!  They are the overnight leaders and I cannot actually believe that I am writing that!  Its unbelievable and amazing and so so deserved…Molly is incredible and Jonelle has worked so hard to get her fitness and core strength back, hitting the gym at 7 am as well as all her cycling and riding.  What ever happens tomorrow they simply owned today as the fastest girls in the world yet again.