Just about to set off on the long drive home from a good day at Lincoln but it’s absolutely been worth the trip.
I always think it’s worth the effort to come here with the intermediate horses as the show jumping is always decent and the cross country is usually strong but fair with good variety. Yet again the tracks didn’t disappoint, the cross country course was strong but fair with a good variety of fences, for example a bounce of corners that required bold riding and caused a fair few problems. There was also at fence four a carrot box on 4 or 5 bending strides around a bend to a corner which caught plenty. The ground was very good.
All went well in the dressage, trying hard and showing improvement on last year. Coco was a bit of a boyo but just about managed to keep a lid on it in his test! All the horses show jumped well with all bar Tim going clear – he was just a little keen to the verticals but that’s OK as he’s not been out since Barbury last year and he will settle and improve. I was really pleased with how confident Harry and Figgy were in the show jumping and they tried hard and Coco was his usual precocious self, talented but fresh!
Figgy and Harry were very confident cross country and the ground was very good. Tim was a bit strong cross country, again keen and pleased to be out! Coco didn’t run cross country as he has missed a little work with an allergy which has now cleared but Lincoln has come a week to soon for him. He will get to run soon enough. o all in all a good day, Harry and Figgy both finished 3rd which is great for their owners.
All the horses have pulled up well so I’m happy, a good job done and thanks as ever to my back up team for doing such a professional job behind the scenes.
It’s a busy week for Team Levett this week with horses to work at home and then dressage lessons with Bettina and Draycott House (a new event for me on Wednesday and Thursday) and then Gatcombe on Saturday and Sunday. Anyway never a dull moment and days like today make all the preparation and hard work by all seem very much worth it.
Posted 20th March – Photo Trevor Holt