Houghton – great day for Joern

Joern Warner and Vicco Pop, Houghton International HT 2015

Joern Warner and Vicco Pop

So it’s been a productive week for me with much of the week taken up with schooling and training the horses, with Natty and Alex heading to dressage lessons with Gareth and some of the younger horses schooling cross country. It’s been a typical week of hill work, flat work training and jumping exercises for the eventers which is very much our normal routine and which I enjoy so much. The key difference this week is the kids have been off school for half term and so they have been joining in which was led to extra laughter around the yard!

On Thursday night Jenny, the kids and I headed up to Norfolk to help Joern at Houghton. He has been based with us for two months with his main goal being Houghton CCI1*. He has had a good preparation with numerous placings including an intermediate win at Aston in the run up, so he and I were hopeful for a good event.

Joern rides at Prix St George dressage-wise and so he’s very strong in this phase. I’ve mostly been helping him in his jumping phases. He was placed 5th after dressage which was good.

I walked the course with him this morning, before the rain set in, and then he had a long wait as he was near the end of the section at 92. He rode very well and the horse responded, coming home with a fast clear with no heart stopping moments so I was very proud of him and thrilled for him.

Tomorrow afternoon he show jumps and scores are tight with less than a rail between the top 10, but for now Jorn should enjoy today and how the first two phases have gone.

When he finishes up here tomorrow it will be back home for us and in to another week of training at home with the horses ahead of the young horses running at Ascott Under Wychwood next weekend and the older horses having a couple of days of team training.

Cheers

Bill

Posted 29th May

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