A few withdrawals this morning before the jog but nothing that dramatically changed the order and both Classic Moet ( Molly) and Ringwood Sky Boy ( Ozzie) blitzed down the strip in front of Badminton house and looked a million dollars. They have been beautifully prepped and were fit and well and with Kerryn Edmans looking after Molly and Lucy Miles looking after Ozzie they were turned out to perfection. Thanks also to our indomitable Horse Health Team of vet Christiana Ober, physio Alice Dorman, farrier Jack Young and our ex team farrier Andrew Nickalls who just cant stay away from the big ones!
It’s a long old wait on the Sunday from the 8.30 jog to the 3.30 pm show jumping start for the top 20 but Tim and Jonelle filled it with some photo and sponsorship duties, brought Otis and Abel up to the ESNZ tent for breakfast and did some packing and sorting. They also walked the track with Luis Alvarez Cevera and all agreed it was a technical and up to height track for the finalé.
Clear rounds were few and far between in the morning session and proved even more invaluable in the afternoon. Ozzie jumped his socks off over most of them but tipped the oxer into the double and also the orange plank which was a shame but to be fair to Ozzie the ring at Badminton has never been his favourite. Jonelle and Molly warmed up looking great bit also pulled a couple of rails whilst throwing some great shapes over the others. As was commented, she actually jumped most of the round better than when she won in 2018 but I guess we rode our luck that year when it really mattered and hell, she owes us nothing.
Molly finished in 11th spot which means that she picks up a coveted silver horse which are awarded to the top 12 and both she and Ozzie pick up prize money. But the real accolade is that Team Price brought two 19 year old horses to Badminton, one a previous winner and one a Burghley winner and they started and finished looking simply amazing and perfectly sound. What an incredible achievement and what a testament to their home and competition routine.
Congratulations to Laura Collet who led from start to finish for sure. But to me, the fact that these two horses, quirky, talented, both not much wanted at the early stages of their careers, sums up the true 5 star horse.
They are winners, warriors and legends. They have given us so many amazing days and best of all…..its not over yet.