Bill Levett and Alexander NJ, Chatsworth HT 2016We’re on the road heading home from a weekend of good sport and great weather at Chatsworth. All reports were that the ground was very wet at the start of the week but with lovely fine weather for the whole weekend it just kept on getting better and better.

The star of the weekend has got to be Alex, finishing second in the CIC3*. I didn’t take him as quickly as he could have gone on the cross country but he felt well up for everything, giving me a great ride.

Alfie came to do the first leg of the Event Rider Masters series, and because he hasn’t been out for a while, he was way too over the top in the dressage which was a huge shame. Next time, at Bramhan, we’ll definitely be giving him more work to settle him in. He jumped a nice showjumping round and was unlucky to have one down. In the warmup for the showjumping he managed to step on a shoe and pull it off which was unfortunate, he lost a bit of wall from his foot and we didn’t think it wise to run him cross country on it. A huge shame as the masters is a really great idea for the sport and it’s not often you ride for such good prize money.

Dotty and Natty were out again for an advanced run, and for whatever reason Natty got the most tense she has ever been in the dressage arena. Putting that behind us she jumped a lovely showjumping round, and on the cross country she had a couple of educational 20s. The great thing for her today was she took on all the difficult triple brushes, as we’ve had a few blips at those with her recently.

Dotty put her best foot forward in the dressage phase but unfortunately in the showjumping she jumped some fences not as well as the others. We’re just hoping over time she will gradually get better as she is definitely capable. As usual, across the country she did a great job. She is such a natural at this phase and loves it.

Jenny had a good ride in the 1* with Ricky. It seems like her preparations for Tattersalls are all on track.

So all in all a pretty good weekend but most importantly were going home with five fit and well horses.



Posted 15th May

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