Just about dried out after a soggy weekend at Bicton Arena! Teldon finally got the result that he has deserved all season, finishing 8th in the 2* with a double clear and just 6.4 time penalties to add to his dressage. I managed not to mess it up for him this time!
Julia and Loki had a great run in their 2nd BE100. Loki was much more relaxed in the dressage, and he did his usual fantastic double clear. Unfortunately though forgetful fever must be spreading as Julia missed a fence when walking the course and got them technically eliminated!! She wasn't the only this weekend as we have heard of a few people at different events doing the same! They are off to Wellington next weekend and will hope to continue their good form.
There were a few surprised faces on Sunday morning, as anybody who stayed over night couldn't believe that the event wasn't abandoned after all the rain Saturday night, and I think a few people didn't even wait for a decision and simply packed up! The team at Bicton did a fantastic job though, they have the advantage of all weather arenas for the showjumping and the ground on the XC drains incredibly well and the course rode super with the only really wet patch being through the arena.
We are always grateful to the volunteers and organisers who give up so much to put on these events, but we have to make a particular mention to those who kept smiling all through Sunday morning. They was a great atmosphere all weekend and we were rewarded with sunshine for the afternoon on Sunday!!
We are so proud of our superstar ponies this weekend! Let's hope we can do them justice at KBIS Wellington International Horse Trials where Loki is in the BE100 and Teldon moves back up to 3*. It is one of our favourite events on the calendar and it is exciting to be there for their first international event!
Till then it's back to the day to day, horses to school, videos to be made, students to train... We wouldn't have it any other way!!