HARRY MUTCH – Weekend Round Up …

Sarah Carless

Our sponsored rider Harry Mutch updates Eventing Worldwide following an epic journey this weekend, once which was due to end in Ireland for Ballindenisk but ended up at Bicton Arena in Devon.

Ramilo was nearly at the Ferry on his way to Ballindenisk, and I had booked a flight for that morning. But luckily, we changed the flight to the evening otherwise I would have been in Ireland as well. I found out from a friend on Facebook that the event had been cancelled. I rang Bicton straight away to try and get a spot; we were very lucky to get Ramilo in and I thought I will have to take somebody to keep him company. So, I took HD Bronze on the off-chance of getting another entry and we were lucky to get that and have them both in the CIC**.

It was a 380-mile journey and we got home at 10.45 – we took the trailer so it was a lot quicker than it was in the horsebox!

Ramilo was first to go in the dressage. He can be quite stress in this phase and get quite wound up. But he was really settled and did a nice test and I was really happy with him. There were just a couple of little mistakes but overall it was a much-improved test. Because he looks a little bit tense he didn’t get the marks that he perhaps deserved, scoring 42.5, but I was still happy with him for how he performed.

I had HD Bronze the day after. He was absolutely amazing doing a very nice, smooth test. He scored 34.6 which was a much better mark than I thought he was going to get.

In the show jumping, Ramilo is very tricky. Last year we had a lot of poles down but at Bicton he jumped a clear round which was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t fault him at all. HD Bronze also went clear – he was foot perfect. I arrived at the warm up with three horses to go because I was last in the section. I was in a bit of a rush so I only managed to jump a few fences but this obviously worked in our favour. The course was a really nice show jumping course – smooth and flowing so suited both of the horses.

When I walked the cross-country course, I thought it was really nice – friendly for this time of year with everybody not having had the runs. There were a few combinations, particularly the triple brush combination at Fence 11 (ABC), that looked a bit tricky but they jumped really well. Both horses rode round the course absolutely spot-on. Luckily they have already had a few runs this year so they went as good as I could have asked, going well inside the time. The time did seem quite tight as you had the water combination as the second last fence so I came to that thinking it would take a lot of time out but I got through that with 20 seconds to get back which I was pleased about.

HD Bronze finished in third place at Bicton with Ramilo finishing in 20th place – a great result for both of them.

After three events each not, both horses feel great. HD Bronze has now qualified for Three Star so he will now hopefully be able to compete at Bramham later this year. And Ramilo needs do go to one more Two Star event with me so hopefully he’ll be able to go to Bramham as well, so both horses are well on target for where want them to be at this time of year.

Both horses will now go to Floors Castle for the Two Star in three weeks’ time. In the meantime, I’ll be doing a couple of dressage competition to improve this a little more and keep them ticking them along. I don’t want to push them too hard as they are feel as good as they can.

Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee

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