Although Tweseldown was only a one day event I found it a huge relief to have it over and done with. I’m still getting used to doing all three phases in one day, and it certainly made for a busy event riding four horses. It was the first event of the season. Kinnordy Rivaldo, Haruzac, Underdiscussion and Holstein Park Leilani all started in the Open Intermediate. I had four lovely rides and given they have been so boxed up all winter they all behaved themselves extremely well.
They all did super dressage tests and I was very excited at how well they jumped in such heavy going. It makes me think that after having the winter off and gaining some weight, they’ve all come in much stronger and finally feel like they’ve completely acclimatized to the northern hemisphere. I ran them slowly cross country and was surprised to find some quite tough questions on the intermediate track for the first event of the season.
Unfortunately my chief super groom Elena has had to stay in the US longer than expected. ( I hope we are able to get her back soon.) Luckily I’ve enlisted the help of Lizzie who some of you might remember used to work for Sam. She has very capably stepped in for Elena and coped extremely well on her first outing with Team Burton.
Off to Aldon next weekend.