Glorious weather at Llanymynech, I don’t think I have ever been to this stunning Welsh venue without the sun shining all day long.
Since my last visit they had changed the layout, the event core the show jumping and trade stand area has been moved to the old dressage warm up, giving better ground and more room. The dressage was in the same place on the springy old turf, but the warm up has moved to a longer narrower field, one they once used in 2004 if I remember rightly. It’s not as good as the old warm up field but I preferred the new set up as we now have the lovely old turf to jump on.
The cross country is always super here, we are only running Massimo at the more difficult 100 tracks so he is ready for Novice later this year. There were two waters the second with a decent, wide narrow brush at the top of the slope before the water, all classes had a trakener although the ditch was a nice shallow one, I really appreciated the half coffin and also the skinny brush spreads on the top of a mound, these are used more and more at the higher levels and we need to learn how to jump them well on our younger horses before they upgrade. There was also a decent bank complex. Both Massimo BE100 and Rif Raf The Dragon BE90 went clear, both gave me a super round, Massimo still feels a really special ride XC, he’s bold and the tracks just don’t feel at all big. Lovely jolly Rif Raf stormed round 10 secs inside the time, her first run this year and for 9th place, she just loves it. You can see Massimo jumping the first water and brush on the mound here and Rif Raf jumping the tougher second water here.
Below Hugo helps me on the 2.5 hour drive to Llanymynech!