I was riding Tommy and Alfie and both had a good day at the office and a beneficial outing. Tommy did a nice dressage, being in the top few with a 26.8, and then went double clear inside the time, securing him a win.
Alfie was having his last run before Saumur and we had decided to drop him back to intermediate to give him a nice run with no pressure. His dressage was much improved, with his outline and way of going getting better and better. The judge liked what she saw and gave him a score of 19! Which left him well in the lead by 6 points when we left. He produced a nice clear showjumping but I then took the decision to withdraw before cross country, keeping the bigger picture in mind.
So all in all a good day. The cross country course was quite straight forward but, as ever, well built and presented by the Aston team. It was a perfect outing for Tommy pre his trip to Saumur for the CIC**.
I am back tomorrow with Dotty doing the Novice and Silver having her first intermediate run. Off home now to ride.
Posted 8th May