I had hoped that Langton and Cosmos du Figuier would make their eventing debuts at Swalcliffe Horse Trials, but like so many other events, it succumbed to the weather, therefore we re-directed to Aston le Walls, however, with that event also having to cancel, it will (hopefully) be at Solihull and Whitfield that they will get to run.
Last Touch (Jack) ran in the advanced class at Burnham Market, before that too succumbed to the weather and the rest of the competition was abandoned. I was very pleased with his dressage mark of 35.7,in which we posted a mistake free test and as he is now more established and stronger, he is now finding the movements easier, therefore now it is a case of adding polish to the actual dressage tests to improve our scores.
He jumped a super showjumping round, clear without any time faults, which I was thrilled with as this was one area that in the past we have slightly struggled with, so hopefully this shows how time efficient we are both becoming in this phase. We had long wait in the cross-country warm up, it seemed to be a case of warming him up and then stopping and then warming him up again, I think this was due to the amount of falls on the course and in the end we were last to go. I could not have been more pleased with him, fortunately he doesn’t mind the wet and being nimble and light on his feet he coped extremely well to post the third fastest cross country time in the class to leave us in 3rd place, a great boost for Belton where he tackles the CIC*** – I am so pleased the way he has been on the ball so early in the season.
Well Foxed should have run in the CIC** at Burnham Market, but the International classes were the ones that fell victim to the weather, therefore, to give both boys a leg stretch before we made the long drive home and as we were stabled 10 minutes from the beach, we took them for a canter by the sea edge, Well Foxed wasn’t in the least phased by it, however, Jack was a little more cautious to begin with, before enjoying himself thoroughly and in fact cantering through the seawater helped with the healing process of a small cut he had picked up the day before on the cross-country course.
On the lorry with Jack going to Belton will be Well Foxed and Abacus who both run in the CIC** and as they have both missed their intentional runs it is a case of keeping their fitness up and we do this by going to the local gallops.
Bridge of Diamonds, the Irish-bred16.2hh 5 year old by Romans Diamonds Skip, owned by Mrs Lorna Vaughan, who joined us at the beginning of the year to start his eventing career is now ready to start going out and about and have penciled in a trip to the Unicorn Trust for a spot of indoor showjumping, not a competition but for him to get to grips with jumping away from home. He is a horse that has taken a little time to settle in, but he is now beginning to understand of what is expected of him – he is a big horse, who is going to take some time, however, there is no rush with him and he is a horse that I like a lot.
Fingers crossed that my next diary instalment will feature events that have not been cancelled!!