Pau Friday

Pau Friday

Much more traditional Pau weather today with bright sunshine which made it quite a different day between the white boards as the horses were much happier.  I’d say all the riders were much happier as well and we all know that Jonelle loathes riding in the rain especially!

Tim and Happy Boy were up this afternoon and we probably would have had Happy as our best shot at troubling the leaders but a slight loss of rhythm in the first medium trot and flying changes that were late marred an otherwise superb test.  Happy sits on 32.9  which is no mean feat in your first 5 star test and good to know that there are more marks to come from this little dude with more experience under his belt.  Viktor can be very proud of beating his stablemate!

Jonelle and Hiarado (Jools) have been improving all year and now that Jools has started to relax a little the quality is shining through.  The trot work was trending in the twenties and it was just the changes that were a little tight that dropped the score down in the canter work to end on 30.4 and 13th spot in a classy field of horses.  It’s pretty impressive after just 14 months of being together to be able to pull off a test like today and it’s easy to see why Jools is such a match with Jonelle.

Tomorrow is another story and who knows in which order the horses will sit this time tomorrow.  The weather looks set fair which is good news and the last cross country of the year for Team Price is just hours away.

NZL-Jonelle Price rides McClaren during the 1st Day of Dressage. 2023 FRA-Les 5 Etoiles de Pau CCI5*. Pau, France. Thursday 26 October 2023. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography