Morning all – it’s finally a sunny Saturday! I’m off training Maarhabi this morning with my friend Heather, and I have booked an arena for tomorrow when the forecast looks ghastly again! All the horses are coming on well, and Maarhabi and I will travel to the Forest of Dean next Sunday for 65km.
Reybridge Eventing travelled to Portugal with three horses for David Doel to ride. Billy Pastime owned by Miss Gillian Jonas entered in the 1*, and Principal Espoir owned by Mr Ian James and Reybridge Eventing, and Chap owned by Miss Gillian Jonas both entered in the 2*. The entry was as usual of a high calibre with Dutch Olympic team rider Elaine Penn with 6 horses, American Liz Halliday-Sharp who has parked her motor racing career to concentrate on selection for the 2016 Olympics, she had her 2013 Barocca winning horse Fernhill by Night and two other 3* horses. From Belgium Joris Vanspringel and the Fernhill Stud lead by Irish rider Frazer Duffy also had 6 horses. Local 4* riders...
“The first of February brought with it Keysoe High Profile Show, a competition aimed at riders under the age of twenty five. Keysoe is situated in Bedfordshire, about an hour’s drive from home for me! Bing competed in two tests over two days. On Saturday he competed in Medium 73 and scored a fabulous 72.8%.
“Well I didn’t think 2013 could get much better, but 2014 has started off fantastic! At the weekend I went down to Arena UK to have my first go at JAS (jumping and style) which is marked on exactly that. Lady scored 16 for style (the lower the better) and we jumped 2 lovely clear rounds. She finished 4th in the BE100 and 5th in the Novice against some tough competition. This was good enough to get us through to the final held later on in February at Bury Farm which I plan to go to.