What a way to finish the long Bank Holiday weekend by coming second in the BE90 at Pontispool.
To say it was hot was an understatement and even for my test at 8.26am we were both melting!! We battled through the heat to pull off an amazing score of 24.0. The score was very unexpected because even though Rhingo warmed up beautifully soft and in my aids, it felt like it disappeared in the test and he didn’t really want to bend or listen to me as much as he was in the warm up. But obviously I was being too harsh and we had the second-best score in our section.
Show jumping didn’t go to plan and unfortunately we added four faults with another annoying stop. We couldn’t get a stride in the warm up resulting in multiple stops, and in the ring we had a stop at fence 3. Due to knocking the fence down the clock was stopped so we didn’t get any time faults and we were still in joint first heading to cross-country.
Rhingo was on flying form on the cross country. We got in deep to number 1 where he chipped in an extra stride but then he gave me an amazing ride around a fabulous course. Keeping our pace was easy – we got into the perfect rhythm and just stayed there the whole way round – and it was made even easier by having one of our Flair Nasal Strips which allowed Rhingo to breathe deeper more easily – it really made a difference. We came home clear in 5.02, one second inside the optimum time.
This clinched us second place – we finished on the same score of the winner – and I’m over the moon with how he went, other than the blip in the show jumping. I am now going to put my spurs back on to jump him so fingers crossed this will solve the problem.
Our next event will be the Riding Club Area Qualifier at Moreton and then we’ll be competing at Treborough Hill in the BE90.