finished 4th – being the highest place Brit, highest placed female and youngest in the competition… an absolute dream finish!! Brook was a star from start to finish and really rose to the occasion. He did one of his best ever tests scoring 38, putting us in 3rd place after dressage behind Michael Jung (my God!), who scored on 34 on Halunke and 35 on Fischerrocana. The cross country was then a strong test, which consisted of several big, technical questions – a typical Pierre Michelet course, which encouraged you to really attack it and ride forward… which suited Brook & I. I had my best cross country ride to date… Brook gave me his absolute all and we finished clear inside the time! So we stayed in 3rd place, but then moved up to 2nd, the morning of the final showjumping when Michael’s horse Halunke failed to pass the vets inspection. So this was all extremely surreal – going into the final showjumping of our first CCI**** in 2nd place… just 3 points behind Micheal Jung!!! The show jumping would be Brook’s weakest phase, so I was unsure what to expect… especially due to Pau being know as the biggest eventing showjumping track in the world. But luckily he was feeling very fresh, and I just focused on trying to ride the best I could to enable him to jump as well as possible… and amazingly it all came together!!! We jumped our best ever round we’ve done, just having one fence down which cost us the win (again, so surreal that I’m actually saying that!)… which moved us down to 4th. But I am just over the moon with dear Brookers, he tried his heart out all week and it was just amazing to see how he really stepped up his game at this top level. I feel very lucky to have been able to build up such a great partnership with him, and am forever grateful to his fabulous owner for enabling this to happen. Roll on Badminton 2016 – eeeeeekk!! Dre also finished 5th in the CIC**, so a great end to the season!
and family for all of your support this past season through the highs and the lows. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without you and I constantly strive to do as well as I can to pay you back for your help and generosity.