Last day of Somerford done and dusted, and although we’ve been travelling up and down the M6 for three days now I can’t say it’s been anything other than worthwhile. Once again we couldn’t have done it without our team at home keeping everything going.
Today was a quieter day with just Ziggy and Sparkles out to do their showjumping and cross country rounds. I’ve got to keep reminding myself that they are both still just 7 and it was the first CIC two star for both of them. It’s not that often you do an international class with young horses but they did both jump brilliantly for two double clears.
To think Ziggy started this season doing BE100 and has just finished 5th at his first 2*, you have got to take your hat off to him. He has come such a long way. I think he will benefit from a few more runs without too much pressure as he is still relatively inexperienced at intermediate level. The course, as with the intermediate, was very encouraging and it flowed really well. Overnight on Saturday they had a lot of rain so it actually made the ground near perfect.
Sparkles finished a creditable 16th – he last two runs he has had he has really impressed me, he is such a natural cross country horse. I think he will do his best work when he gets up to three and four star.
So a great end to a very good three days for two young horses to finish so well out of a field of over 100 horses. Somerford is a very good event with good ground and tracks that really flow and reward positive riding and obedient horses. We will be back!
Now a day of working horses at home and team training before I head to Ireland for our first selection day for this years Monart sale.
Life is far from boring and I’m loving the lovely horses I have the pleasure of riding at the moment. I’m looking forward to next weekend with the young girls back out with Natty and Dotty in the young horse Advanced class and Alex having his last pre Blenheim run in the CIC two star. I also have the younger horses out at Wellington in the BE100plus/100 to add to their mileage and experience
Posted 23rd August