Fairhill SJ

Fairhill SJ

Photo credit Kerryn Edmans

Well the boy and girl flew through the jog as did most of the rest of the field which is always a good sign that yesterdays endurance was well within the horse limits and they all came out well today. Hats off to Ian Stark for that.

The showjumping track saw plenty of rails and since Tim and Xavier Faer (Hugo) have not had a rail down in the last year hopes were high for a round to put pressure on the two above him with a clear. Hugo last had a rail at 5 star in 2017 but when fence 2 fell it was pretty much game over for the win.  Hugo has been amazing this weekend and has yet again secured a podium finish at 5 star… quite the achievement for a dude that was brought in from the field as a foal in a wheelbarrow as he declined to follow his mother.  How embarrassed Catherston Dazzler ( Daisy) must have been after the previous foal which was the precocious Faerie Dianimo ( Maggie May) who would have died rather than taken the wheelbarrow option.

Wild Child Classic Moet ( Molly) was still on a mission today and copped the out of the double for 4 faults which slipped her down a single place to 8th. Molly is a genuine 4 faulter and we all rode her luck at Badminton for the clear when she won so no one could be disappointed with that.  Hugo 3rd and Molly 8th is a pretty good result for the assault on the newest USA 5 star and shows just how amazing Team Price are at priming the older horses for the big occasion.  Molly and Hugo have flown to the US twice this year and have twice finished right up amongst the leaders with Hugo twice finishing in the runner up spot.

Its been a huge team effort… from loyal grooms Kerryn Edmans and Jade Roberts, to amazing vet Christiana Ober, Chef d’Equippe Graeme Thom and all our US friends that helped along the way… fellow NZ mate Joe Meyer who  is US based and trucked up supplies and was an integral part of the week.

And if there ever was a worthy winner of the inaugural Maryland 5 star it’s Aussie boy Boyd Martin.  He might ride for the US now but he is a Down Under boy that has worked his butt off, had more injuries than the average NH jockey, has survived numerous setbacks like the barn fire that nearly took his 2012 Olympic ride’s life and is a true 5 star champion. Boyd.. enjoy.  We will be back.