It’s been rewarding to concentrate on Chubby and Jay during May, who are both intermediate level. A number of their events had been cancelled earlier in the season, so the runs at Aston Le Walls (Chubby 8th and Jay 2nd) and Rockingham Castle (both good dressage tests and quiet double clears) prepared them well for Tattersalls CCI** – their main aim for the Spring season.
We had a quick turn around after Houghton Hall horse trials where I was just Mummy and groom for Emily who rode 2 in the junior CCI*. Emily also had 2 for Tatts, Brookleigh in the CCI** (competing against me!) and Miss Indigo in the junior CCI*. We had a great fun week with plenty of Irish craic!! All 4 horses went well.
Emily finished on her dressage score on both hers (but had been disappointed with the scores) and finished 7th on Indi and 15th on Brook. Both her rounds across country were superb. It was Chubby’s first 2 star, he was a bit jolly in the dressage but coped well across country and had one showjump down. Jay, who is a year older, showed real class in all 3 phases. He finished 12th…sadly one showjump down (my fault) was the difference between 3rd and 12th.
So, now there is a short break of events before Salperton, Stonar, and Aachen (with Archie) and I am looking forward to a few days in Spain next week with friends before the next flush of events.
Tess has produced an embryo by Chilli Morning which has been transferred to a recipient mare at Twemlows Embryo Transfer Centre, so fingers crossed that works out.