In order to fund buying a newer lorry I currently have a few lovely young horses for sale, please see the My Horses page for more info.
Hartpury was a day out we have been looking forward to for ages, taking two of my youngsters to do the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse class at The Hartpury International Horse Trials. We chose to take Dynamo and Captain, the jumping arena was surrounded by trade stands and the jumps & the dressage arena were decorated with flowers and fir trees, it was like competing in an International Championship Arena. Such a good experience for the baby horses.
It poured with rain all morning, which is not too nice but again very good experience for them. They both went even better than I had dreamt, both did a lovely dressage test and both jumped a super clear round, they were on springs with their knees and hocks tucked up tightly to clear every single pole. Captain was as careful as a cat sorting out his feet when I missed my stride, Dynamo jumped a super clear, he was doing his first ever 90 in competition so we were especially thrilled with his attitude and bravery.
The higher marks in these classes are awarded to the top level riders, its judged on looks and future potential rather than marked on actual performance on the day, so the judges prefer to give higher marks to horses ridden by Olympic riders even when they have poles down. But we held our own against the best riders in the world and we weren’t far behind them finishing in the top 20 out of the 60 entries.