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Playing Catch Up

I’ve ended up so busy lately with all the competing that I’ve found it hard to find the time to blog. Since my last blog I’ve done Aldon, Gatcombe and Somerly Park so here’s a quick round up on how the ponies are going.

Kinnordy Rivaldo and Underdisscussion strutted their stuff in the Advanced Intermediate at Aldon and were in fine form. Both did good dressage tests and show jumped well and I certainly enjoyed giving them a slow run around the nice Intermediate course (What a nice sport this would be if the one day events didn’t have time faults). I also ended up with two pre novice rides at Aldon. A catch ride on Opposition Skylaw and my first run on Graf Liberty owned by yours truly. Skylaw was about as good catch ride as you could end up with. She was a beautiful mare who led the pre novice from start to finish. Graf Liberty didn’t disappoint either, jumping a very scopey double clear and proving to me he’s a proper horse for the future.

We shot off to Gatcombe Advanced Intermediate the following weekend where Haruzac overstepped some boundaries and beat the princess of the stable as Harry and Lani went 1,2. They both did great dressage tests, jumped clear show jumping, and made light work of the cross country. It was a good boost of confidence having those two horses feeling so well.

No sooner had I got my breeches clean I was off to ride, another catch ride in the CIC** at Somerley Park. I’m still astounded at the standard of one day events over here. Turning up to a midweek event I was amazed at how flash it was. Tregoodwell owned by Kirsty and John Johnston, went as well as we could expect given that my relationship with him goes only two rides deep. He jumped double clear and was a nice horse to sit on around a lovely track.

Off to Portman today. Post again soon!

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2 Comments

  1. Just wondered if u bought Graf Liberty in Ireland as we own a Graf Montana bought at Cavan sales he is quarter tb 3quarters Holstein and looks much like your horse

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