It did look like summertime yesterday at Weisbaden but it didn’t look all out hot today on the livestream although they certainly were not being battered by winds and rain like we had today in the UK.
A few withdrawals, including our own Tim and Wesko (Dash), saw the field down to around 11 starters and Jonelle was early out with Grovine de Reve. They set off at a good gallop and the Weisbaden twists and turns made the fences come up fast and often with a surprise around the corner as the horses only had a few seconds to read the question in front of them.
Rev is a brave one cross country and we all know Jonelle has no weakness in that phase either and they made a lovely picture as they zipped around the track. The spooky trakhenner, the tricky corners and the skinny brushes all were attacked and cleared and they entered the main arena with its gallop around for the spectators in fine form. I don’t think I have ever seen Jonelle pat a horse so much either on the way round or at the finish but as she said, it was “like the blind leading the blind” as they got to know each other round their first advanced track and she also added that “his talent and class showed itself” as Rev answered every question she and the track threw at him. They stopped the clock just a few seconds over and finished in 9th for some ERM points but more importantly a great “lets get to know you” run around a tricky course. For Rev it was also his first proper run since WEG in Tryon last year so it was good to see that he has only got more enthusiasm for the cross country, not less, as sometimes a Championship can have a backward effect on a horse if it comes early on.
Rev and Jonelle now head out to Arville for leg 3 of the ERM, as does Tim. Wesko ( Dash) is so precious to Tim ( and the Windrush Foundation who own him) and with a few tiny mistakes in the dressage and a rail showjumping so no chance of realistically making the win meant racing round that track not really an option when Dash doesn’t need the run or the experience. As Tim said, he is kicking himself over the rail but as always with the Mere Farm crew its about the horses and boy, do they care about the horses. Dash will be miffed not to have had a blast around but his chance will come…. Tokyo is the plan, not 6th at an ERM!