It was a mixed day for Charlotte and her team at Nunney.
The Emerald Lily was entered for the OI, her first event since competing in the 2* at Rockingham last month. Lily was on super form producing a smart dressage and jumping a double clear to finish 6th in a very competitive class.
This was great preparation as she now heads to Barbury to compete in the CIC***.
Biscuit was in the Novice Regional Final seeking a place at the championships. It was his first Intermediate dressage test. He produced a solid 36.1 which positioned him just outside of the top 10 leaders. He jumped a lovely show jumping round until the later part of the course where he lost impulsion resulting in 2 down.
Charlotte and her owner made the decision to withdraw Biscuit, as he just wasn’t feeling on normal form.
Blood tests will be arranged with the vet to make sure there’s no serious under lying issue and hopefully he will be back on form for his next Regional Final at Chepstow in a couple of weeks.
Harry was also contesting the Novice Regional Final in the hope of gaining a place at the champs for owners John Bevan and Pete Appleford. He produced a fabulous test for a score of 32.7, lying in 3rd going into the showjumping, where he jumped a fantastic clear round gaining him a place on the leader board.
Heading out on cross country, he went off in a super competitive position, but unfortunately part of his bridle broke at fence 4, and with slight lack of control and steering, time faults were added to the final score putting him outside the top 10.
It is absolutely gutting to have missed out on this qualification, but I cant be disheartened, it was just one of those things and by no means a reflection on the superb performance the horse gave in all 3 phases.
Thanks to my wonderful owners, and team as always.
We now head to Treborough next weekend with a lorry of young horses …