David was out at Salperton Horse Trials over the weekend, with Jiggle Jones entered in her first Intermediate section, and a new ride for David – Principal Espoir, who was entered in the Novice. Salperton Intermediate sections were very well supported, but a number of established riders had difficulty with the cross country, and the show jumping. David and Jiggle Jones recorded a good dressage score, and were one of the few to go clear at show jumping. However the partnership finished the cross country with too many penalties to come up the leader board. Principal Espoir was entered in the Novice competition for both rider and horse to allow them to establish a relationship. A good dressage of 27, followed by a clear show jumping round set David up for a win in this section. However, the engine on Principal Espoir is clearly geared for speed and 5.6 time penalties for being too fast meant he came home in 3rd place.
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