Gatcombe – Day One

Bill LevettWell, a mixed day at Gatcombe today. Dotty and Silver were doing their dressage for the CIC* and CIC** respectively and Alex was doing the OI.

Alex felt a little bit fresh and tense in the dressage but got a decent mark¬†and jumped a top class double clear inside the time. I think that’s his¬†seventh straight clear show jump round and he’s now ready to go to the next¬†level – but after our annoying slip up at Tatts earlier in the year and the¬†cancellation of Le Lion after dressage last year due to flooding his end of¬†season goal is his CCI** qualification at Weston Park. All I have to do is¬†get that illusive 2* under his belt and he’ll be more than ready to go Advanced.

Silver did a 2* dressage test, but as she’s getting a lot fitter, she did¬†not have enough work and played up. I worked her in as I usually do but¬†she’s clearly feeling very well and was cheeky throughout her test –¬†frustrating but a good learning experience for me and at least she’s feeling¬†fit and well! We left before her mark was up but it won’t be one of her¬†better scores.

Dotty did her 1* test and I think she keeps improving but unfortunately the¬†judges didn’t think so, and she got a very average mark. Dotty’s owner¬†Vanessa and myself can see her trying and improving and we just have to keep¬†working with that until the marks start to come. So all in all not a bad¬†day, with Alex being the star and giving me as good a cross country round as¬†you could wish for.

Alex was just pipped at the post for a win by Andrew Nicholson, coming second in a competitive OI slot.

Cheers,

Bill

Posted 20th September

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