Down in the Loire valley Jonelle and Hester are enjoying the autumn sunshine and the vibe that is so special to Le Lion. It is the World Young Horse Championships and really does showcase the creme de la creme of the top horses in Europe and also further afield as entries this year include horses that have shipped from the USA and Mexico.
Hester looks pretty pleased to be in such a hallowed place and I am sure she must be delighted to have Jonelle all to herself for once. Hester is a unique character and despite her cool exterior ( unlike most of Jonelle’s girls she is no diva) she really does suffer from nerves as she is so determined to get everything right. Having the luxury of Jonelle to hold her hand and to focus soley on her I am sure will be a big help!
The stables are old fashioned and beautifully built, set around grassy courtyards in a very “French” setting. The jog is right in the middle of the stables, not in front of the chateau as you might expect which does at least keep things very simple and straightforward! There is a long hack up to the main arena set on the racecourse and the cross country course itself starts and ends up there as well. The track is probably the most artistic you will ever come across with iconic fences that appear year after year, spiders, violins, artist easels, quite a stunning display of course building.
So a fun few days ahead for Jonelle and Hester. The only dressage live stream is on FEI TV but you can keep up with live results on the world Sport Timing site:
And the cross country will be streamed live on Saturday. The 6 year old class ( CCI 1 *) runs in the morning and the 7 year old (CCI 2 *) in the afternoons throughout the week.
Link to live cross country: