The NZ barn at Lignieres.. credit to Jackie Olivier.
An early start this morning for the jog and all good with Team Price. Jonelle had a busy morning with three to showjump in the 3L and Diamante (Monte) to run cross country in the 2S.
Monte was exceptional in her first international and went clear in time for a top 10 finish and 8th spot. With just the one intermediate run at Pontispool under her belt it was quite the step up and totally validated Jonelle’s call to just do the dressage at Dauntsey last week!
Faerie Magnifico ( George) just had 4 faults to end up in 8th spot in the 3L….he is a bit of a 4 faulter to be fair but today he just caught 3B of a double of verticals when he saw the water tray six strides away for No. 4 and totally shut down behind……and its annoying as a clear would have seen him second but to be fair to him he continues to improve and it was a great effort to add yet another top 10 to his oppressive tally of International results so far. He will go home to his new estate ( with a sea view!) for a well earned holiday and is an exciting prospect for 2021.
Killbunny Andy has been a sort of Covid Relief this year. He arrived full of beans, has worked his socks off, got used to the Mere Farm way, listened to Jonelle and continues to impress. He rolled a pole for 13th (it was the back rail of an oxer at fence 2 which Jonelle took an inside turn to) but again, an exciting 2021 prospect and he too has learnt his holiday.
Curly Girl popped out two poles but she did achieved the main aim with an MER at 3L and she has done well to battle through the whole weekend and come up smiling. “Eventful Life” put her dramatic passage through the water yesterday on social media and its hard to tell whether Curly deserves the most credit for staying upright and jumping the corner out of trot or Jonelle for sitting up and hanging on to save the day. Lets just say a very gutsy pair of girls that are well suited!
Tim just had Falco to jump and he really does have an incredible record in this phase but with that comes some pressure! Falco jumped his usual immaculate clear to stay in 7th… it was just slightly unfortunate that those above him also mostly jumped clear! He now has 2 top 10 4L performances under his belt with today and Blenheim last year and is heading up the ‘new boys’ that will take over Tim’s top spots after Wesko, Ringwood Sky Boy, Bango and Xavier Faer take a bow. We know this day is coming but we are hoping it s a way off right now!
Tayla Mason was exceptional today with her double clear on her own and her mothers’s Centennial (Chase) to rise up to 12th in her first 4L with him which is a huge feat. She also jumped a clear round on Gino Gingerino to complete their 3L MER and job done. Tayla and Lorenzo Monachesi are second riders at home and they work hard alongside the rest of the home crew to make things happen and Tayla has had a few blips recently so such a great way to end her season.
So the Pau horses leave Mere Farm tonight, bound for their base at Lignières for the next week, supervised by Jess Wilson who is also coming out to Pau to work with Kerryn Edmans who is running the show out in France. Jess is well into her school studies to become a vet but is still making time for Mere Farm and the rest of the crew will swop around over the next few weeks. Tim and Jonelle potentially have a day off tomorrow but it is still all systems go and so much fun!