Aston event runs to help the riders, they don’t ballot and the course is nice, the going is good and they are so efficient, which is a good thing when you run one thousand horses over 3 days there isn’t much room for error.
The competition is steep, Kinnordy Rivaldo did a good test, SJ clear and XC clear and inside the time, I had a super ride. But this was still not good enough to place him in the top 10, I couldn’t believe it. He has bigger fish to fry though, when he goes 2** next weekend at Wilton.
I was kept busy on Friday with Haruzac, Underdiscussion, Newsprint and Calypso all doing the advanced dressage while Ken did all 3 phases in the space of 2 hours. However it all went smoothly, with all 4 of them doing good tests. On the Saturday the ShowJumping was a tough track made harder by the heavy over night rain making for dead going. And it showed how light the gear was when the great Newsprint and even Mighty Haruzac both had 3 rails down! Calypso jumped well to have 8 faults and Underdiscussion jumped one of the few clears of the day.
The Course was a pleasure to ride, the ground had dried out nicely by the afternoon and all 4 of my boys ripped it up. Reminding me once again what a powerful team of horses I have at the moment, I wish things could stay like this for ever.
Underdiscussion finished 3rd in section L and Calypso also finished 3rd in his class. They have all pulled up sound this morning and are looking great. It was an excellent run for all of them and great preparation for the up and coming events.
Riding that many at a show and having it all go well was a good feeling, it felt like home thanks again everyone!