Top hat and tails shelved for today with a bunch of young horses at West Wilts for the team.
Jonelle was the winner of the day with Kalypso du Boisson Z who is proving himself to be a little superstar. He finished on his 27.3 dressage for a win and proves Jonelle is on a roll across all the levels!
Faerie Magnifico ( George) was in the 5 year old section which is a qualifier for the Osberton young horse champs. Having won at Smiths Lawn and been second at Aston Le Walls he was also on a roll but having spoken to his half sister, Faerie Dianimo ( Maggie May), he had no intention of trundling off to Nottingham in October for the finals. Maggie May was quite humiliated there back in the day as she did not win and that left her with a sense of frustration that she has never forgotten. That and the fact we left home at 3.30 am, encountered foul weather and waited 2 hours to be towed out of the lorry park alongside a miserable dressage judge and arrived home at 9pm meant that her sights were firmly set on Le Lion d’Angers forever more. George quite fancies his chances at Le Lion next year so after a 25.8 leading dressage score he warmed up for the showjumping like Milton and then promptly booted out two rails to secure a drop down the order. He then went brilliantly clear cross country to finish 12th. Go George.. he is a Brockenhurst Babe through and through!
Tim had a couple of sassy novices… and Happy Boy is fresh off a win too. Tim thought he had nailed the dressage but a score of 33 meant the judge was clearly not on the same page. Happy went obligingly double clear but victory was by now beyond his grasp.
Gino Gingerino did a great test for a 25… no mean feat as a 5 year old. He jumped great in the showjumping but a couple of rails was simply due to some green moments before a very smart and confident cross country clear backed up Tim’s belief in this chap who is proving to be gutsy and on for the challenge of the solid fences.
Seych’elle ( Shelley) was good for a 70% dressage and a clear showjumping before a slightly naughty stop at the water. She is a smart mare and undoubtedly talented but she is also opinionated and like all cool chicks is going to have the odd blip along the way.
So that’s the babies done for a bit as it is all about the advanced horses now. The road to WEG is very much a highway and after 2 days squad training on Wed and Thurs Team Price head to Sommerford Park on Friday. Then its the punchy week of Blair Castle in Scotland followed by Wellington on the Monday… then straight into Burghley.