Upton OI

Upton OI

A mid week venture to a venue that the Price’s are not over familiar with and it’s fair to say that they were massively impressed with!  Jonelle said that despite our current heatwave they had watered the ground and made a herculean effort so that the full quota of advanced horses that were running today had the best of the ground possible.

And it was quite the truck of advanced horses that went too.  Bango ( Uno) stepped back up to OI and was in his element with a 30 dressage and a double clear.  Cekatinka ( Tinka) also posted a 30 and added a double clear to her record while Kincooley Cruising ( Minnie) was on form for a 28 and another double clear.

Tim’s feelgood moment of the day was with Up in the Air ( Harry) who had eaten dirt along with Tim at Barbury but recovered his composure here today with a 35 and a double clear to redeem himself and look back on track for an autumn three day.

Also in the redemption box was Cloud Dancer ( Marley) who has exited stage left a couple of times this year.  A 28 dressage was of little interest today as he just rolled a pole before putting in a great xc round clear with just 4 time and finished with a smile on Jonelle’s face and a happily confident Marley.

Kindred Spirit ( Joey) joined the same club as after his skittles during the showjumping at Barbury he was also in a spot of trouble!  Joey is actually a careful horse and when it all goes wrong he gets very worried and that showed in his 37 dressage today but he gathered his nerves and just picked up 4 faults before skipping clear round the cross country track.

So it was a perfect all boxes ticked today and the cross country asked enough questions to be worthwhile for all the boys and girls.  The team head back tomorrow with the babies so anything could happen at the 100 level!