Well who would have thought the little unbroken horse I bought from a stud round the corner, in Castlemorton would 18 months later be 11th in The British Young Horse Championships. He was so nervous when I bought him I couldn’t get a head collar on him. Photo is our first meeting when he was an untouched unbroken colt, March 2016, he almost got close enough to touch my fingers then whoosh he was gone!!
The Championships are a huge event, masses of spectators, trade stands and the atmosphere is electric. Renkum Capitano was totally unphased by the flags and flowers decorating the arena and performed the most lovely dressage test to score 29. He was well up with the leaders which included several Olympic riders. A blunder from me meant we had a rail down SJ but he felt amazing, despite the muddy ground he felt like he was jumping off springs. He was was awesome XC, he never looked at a thing, he pinged every fence even helped me out when I messed up at the step to brush drop, he was so brave and showed me how much scope and what a wonderful brain he has.
A long day for him we left home at 3.30 in the morning and got home Just after 9pm. My freind Nikki was fantastic as she came along to help, not many people, would have offered a 2.30 am start, she stepped in at the very last minute as Ant has been very poorly with Chicken Pox, Nikki kept him updated all day with photos and videos and of course he watched the excellent live scores from the event, which updat minute by minute.