Plenty of weak sunshine around on Friday afternoon for Tim and Happy Boy’s test but the arena bore the hallmarks of some very soggy ground with pretty deep going. The arena had been moved slightly from yesterday so the deep track was now on the 3/4 line but there were also pretty new deep tracks from this mornings 6 year old tests. It kind of looked like the Queens Household Cavalry had been practising dragging their gun carriages around the arena and Tim said he was pretty lucky to be first of the 7 year olds in as he felt that in even a couple more horses it would be tricky enough not to get “stuck” in the turn on the haunches!
Happy was really good and scored his best international score to date which you really can’t ask more than that for. 30.1 put him into 6th spot at the half way stage and was a credit to Tim’s tactful riding. Happy went through most of the test with a look of quiet distain on his face as if he were mentally saying “ugh, you cannot be serious” but to be fair he has that look on his face quite allot! He has a lovely balance and self carriage now and he stayed on side for the whole of the test and he strikes quite the pose when he rises to the occasion. I am sure he is loving having Jess and Millie tending to his every need and delighted to be the star of the show here at Lion.
Cross country will be live-streamed tomorrow.. the 6 year olds in the morning and the 7 year olds in the afternoon.