Badminton Dressage Thursday.

Badminton Dressage Thursday.

Today was all about Classic Moet (Molly) and didn’t she just know it.  Jonelle came back down from working at the top this morning and Molly was in full on three day mode as she crossed the Park in front of the house with her head stuck up in the air in her most hollow frame and a walk that was so fast she was nearly tripping over her own feet.  Jonelle sat on the buckle laughing at her and their partnership was as visibly strong as ever.

Sunshine and no wind made for a very pleasant day and as Molly warmed up this afternoon in the collecting ring she looked good, shiny, happy and amazingly turned out as always by Kerryn Edmans.  Compared to the slightly manic Molly at Fairhill last Autumn today we had the Queen of Badminton as she did her very level best to do dressage Molly style.  Without doubt her favourite movement is the extended canter but she did some super changes ( just slightly marred with some classic Molly swapping behind afterwards in two of them) and she kept as uphill an outline as she could given that her confirmation doesn’t give her the easiest neck to ride. There was not a single bad movement or major mistake and there is one little black mare that cannot wait to crack on with the cross country on Saturday.

In short she bust a gut to do her very best in a phase she feels is pretty pointless. A score of 31 was pretty much on track and in reality is just, at the end of day 1, a mere 8 points off the lead.  Go Molly and Jonelle!

NZL-Jonelle Price rides Classic Moet during the first day of Dressage. 2022 Badminton Horse Trials – Presented by Mars Equestrian. Badminton, Gloucestershire, Great Britain. Thursday 5 May 2022. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography