While Jonelle flew out to Boekelo to help coach the youthful Nations Cup Team Tim was left home with Otis and his last one day of the year at Calmsden. Quite how Calmsden ran in the soggiest week we have had for months is beyond me but they did a phenomenal job to run Saturday even if they did have to pull the plug on Sunday along with pretty much the whole of the events in the UK.
Tim had Chevalian Torpedo ( Pistol Pete) in the novice and he was really happy with the improvement on the flat for a 32. The showjumping at Calmsden was definitely ground hampered which was hardly surprising given the conditions and clear rounds were few and far between. Pistol Pete picked up 12 jumping faults but jumped some super fences along the way and he was described by Tim as a “superb cross country ride” and he is excited for his future. Team Price have always believed in teaching the event horses the ropes along the way and Pistol Pete is heading in the right direction to nail a class season in 2020.
Happy Boy is off to le Lion d’Angers on Monday so Tim was using Calmsden as a prep run and after a schooling session in the dressage for a 32 a cool double clear ensued which was absolutely perfect. Happy now heads off to his first championships on flying form.
Midnight Galaxy ( Herbie) was a new ride for Tim in the 100 and they acquainted themselves well with a 29 on the flat, a couple of green poles as Herbie found his balance in the mud and a lovely cross country clear for 2.4 time. Herbie and Tim have set themselves up nicely for next season and a winters work will be hugely beneficial to a lovely young horse.
Tim heads off to Le Lion on Monday night with his two Pau 5 star rides on board as well so he will have plenty to do out there. Just a couple more weeks competing left and then we really do head into the Sunday Lunch Club time of year!