The end of a long few days at Millstreet and the 4*Long jog and showjumping for Jonelle and Grappa Nera (Grape) as well as the 3*short cross country for Curly Girl and for Tim and Emotion (Emma).
Grape flew through the jog as is usually the way with 8 year olds… and unsurprisingly Grape was the only 8 year old in the field. There were a couple of 9 year olds but also an 18 year old so it just goes to show at this level it is a far cry from an age class! Then she and Jonelle pulled out a superb clear showjumping to move up into 8th spot which is a huge achievement at her first start at this level. To be fair to Grace she was hampered by the low score from one of the three dressage judges and that kept her out of the top 3. To be in 8th with old friend Cekatinka and new rider Ryuzo Kitajima in 2nd speaks volumes as Tinka has won Boekelo and was top 10 in the WEG last year in Tryon…. the new crew are coming through and stalking the established stars for sure. Jonelle was delighted with her and it is a great story with her devoted syndicate of owners all along for the ride. Grape is now qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and the more we have qualified the more chances we have…….she has a date with a big grass field for a well deserved holiday now.
Jonelle’s day ended there as unfortunately Curly had a minor setback yesterday which meant she couldn’t go cross country today in the CI3*S. Curly will have gained huge experience from this trip though and her cross country ability is undoubtedly her strength right now so if she had to miss any phase this would have been the pick.
Tim and Emma were our sole cross country representatives today and Tim was mindful of her youthful miles and rode her with tact and his trademark “I will hold your hand” and gave her the benefit of his own vast experience. He took one long route as the skinny brush off the big bank drop was something she is not yet ready for and he wanted to run a qualifying round for Le Lion d’Angers where she is headed for the Young Horse World Championships. Only Tim could pick up an MER ( Minimum Eligibility Requirement) score coming in just 1 second under the 30 time penalties allowed at the end flags! Emma now has a place at the biggest gig a 7 year old can possibly go to in October and she deserves it… she is quite the dancing superstar with a phenomenal jumping technique.
So the crew packed up and are heading for the 9pm ferry out of Rosslare. They have a super quick turnaround to do as the first dressage test at Wellington tomorrow is not long after 8am! Here we go again….