We have recently come back from a trip to “Haras du Pin” where Jiggle Jones made a good start to her “International” career – 16th in the 1*out of 140. Well done Jiggles.
In the CIC3* Fox did a beautiful dressage test, touched a couple of poles SJ and then made a little error at a double of corners in water to miss his line. This was his first XC error with David – but it was also good to complete one of the most difficult 3* courses that we have seen yet.
We are delighted that Gillian Jonas’s “Ricoshea” won the Somerford final trial for Young Rider Europeans. David has left to go to training camp and Rico will leave for Paris on Sunday – hotly followed by David. The rest of the “support crew” including Gillian, Granny and Mr. James will drive over for the event.
The other exciting event is the invitation to compete for a Senior British Team at the Nations Cup in Montellibretti, Italy. Jane James’s “Koyuna Sun Magic”, (Fox) will be driven to Paris to meet up with his jockey, where we will all swap kit/rider/driver and head off down to Rome for the International 3*. Quite a logistical effort but a real honour to be asked and let us hope we can produce a good performance to make the effort for all worthwhile. Good luck to David and Fox.
David will then fly back late Sun 25th Sept to then ride the horses ready for South of England and all the later competitions. Most of them are needing “qualification runs” to get ready for the Spring three day events next year.
We have a new horse owned by Gillian Jonas join us in the yard – by name of “Chap”. The only difficulty is that we have yet to find a “stable” name for him that is shorter than “chap” – so he will remain just that! He is an Intermediate horse who we hope will move up a level fairly quickly as he is very bold and straight XC.
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