It was a fabulous few days competing away at Brand Hall International Horse Trials.
We were competing Redbarn Lux Ury Biscuit in his first One Star which was a fair ask seeing as we have only had him for eight weeks. But he has proven himself more than capable and he certainly rose to the challenge. Dressage has been his weakest phase and something we have been working on at home. He produced a smart test which scored 31.1 and left him in a strong position in a competitive field. In the show jumping he was unlucky to have a pole down but there were not too many clears that day. On the cross country he stormed round the course to come home inside the time. We finished on a score of 35.1 which put us in seventh place out of a field of 50. He felt incredibly classy and we’re looking forward to our next challenge with him, which will be the Novice Regional Final at Nunney.
I took Leacourt Touch of Clover (Bonnie) for the Novice class. Again she did a smart test and scored 33.3. But she had a couple of very unfortunate poles down in the show jumping – again there weren’t many clears. She then had a classy round on the cross country which meant we finished just outside the top ten. But it was another solid performance from her at this level and next time out I will be taking her to Nunney.
HHS Leacourt Cavalier (Harry) was competing in the Novice Regional Final and it was a very competitive class and he was up for the challenge. He scored a personal best in the dressage at this level with a score of 28.4. Unfortunately, he then had the last fence down in the show jumping but stormed around the cross country to finish fourth. This mean we just missed out on qualifying for the Novice Championship at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe. We have another chance to qualify at Nunney in a few weeks’ time so hopefully we can get our qualification then.
It’s a real pleasure riding such a lovely bunch of horses for my fantastic owners and I’m looking forward to their next events with them all. As well as these three horses at Nunney, I’ll be taking The Emeral Lily to compete in the Open Intermediate and then it will be on to Treborough Hill with some of the younger horses competing in the BE100.