No problems for Happy Boy and Tim at the jog this morning but more overnight rain left the main arena pretty bottomless. There was a move from the riders to try and persuade the OC to relocate the showjumping onto the all weather arena down at the stables but I cannot imagine that the trade stands would have been in support of that!
So the 7 year olds started jumping after lunch and poles began to fall with regular monotony. It was a ‘power jumper’ day and you also needed the experience of riding in those conditions to be able to help your horse out as much as you could.
With a single rail covering the top 15 it was Liz Halliday-Sharp who was doing the climbing after she jumped in 13th spot and her clear kept her on top of the leaderboard until Tim went in in 8th. He and Happy jumped a cracker of a round in the mud and they left the arena on a clean sheet to take over the lead.
And there they stayed as the next 7 horses all faulted with last to go Tom McEwen dropping 4 faults to settle for third behind Tim and Liz. It was a remarkable display of horsemanship from Tim and a truly superb effort from Happy to take the 7 year old World Championship title for 2019.
Congratulations to owners Susan Lamb and Therese Miller and Happy can now head home with Sammi Birch for a well deserved holiday while Tim and his crew pack up for the drive down to Pau in the morning… and hopefully some sunshine!