Rowan Van Houben update

IMG_6157IMG_6157I can’t believe how busy we’ve been for the past two months. King’s Silver has had some amazing BD results; he’s now competing at Medium level and gained a whopping score of 71% on only his fourth Medium attempt. He’s having a quiet week or two with some training to try and regain his confidence in the qualifiers. They are such busy tests and last time out he got a bit confused. He’ll have a busy summer at Medium and maybe even Advanced Medium before heading to the Summer Regionals for Elementary Restricted. A big disappointment so far this year has been the withdrawal of my husband’s horse Zilano-Imoo (Boo) from the Devon County and Royal Cornwall Shows. I had been due to do HOYS qualifiers in Working Hunter and Ladies Hunter on him, but due to a field injury he is currently on box rest and we will have more of an idea of the damage done in a month’s time. Big excitement at the moment is Hurricane Herbie. He had a delayed start to his competition career due to a foot abscess last year and an accident in the stable in the spring. He is now on fantastic form; I took him Arena Eventing in April where he finished 4th with a double-clear. He was a bit green in the dressage so I knew there was room for improvement. Since then I’ve been concentrating on his flatwork as I decided to enter him for the Retrained Racehorse class at Devon County Show (Sat 24th May). In the meantime I entered him for the local ROR dressage qualifiers (Sun 18th May). Again, he was a little green and neighed in the first test (the Intro Qualifier) but still won the class with over 71% – 10% clear of the next horse! Then we did the Prelim Qualifier and won with over 70%. I grabbed a late entry in the Novice qualifier as there were only a few entries, even though we only tried out counter canter for the first time the night before! I was over the moon with him to win with over 65% at a level he really isn’t established at. This means he has directly qualified for all three levels at the ROR Dressage Championships in October, and King’s Silver is already qualified for the Elementary Championship.
So this weekend we head off to Devon County Show with Herbie and after the injury to Boo I really am pleased we’re just getting there. I don’t expect any kind of result as we’ll be up against the professionals and there are 31 in his class. Hopefully it doesn’t blow his brain as the following day we’re going to Pontispool BE Horse Trials to contest the ROR BE90. I’m so excited for his future, I can only hope he gives a good account of himself and shows everyone what a fantastic little horse he is. If you’re there – look out for the extra shiny horse wearing his Blue Chip clothes – he looks a treat being fed on Blue Chip Original!

Rowan Van Houben

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