Month: October 2020 by Jacky Green

Pau Showjumping

The fun thing about eventing in France is that they tend to play around with the schedule and you are never quite sure when anything is going to happen.  When the jog was moved to 1.30pm from 8.30 am it left a fair amount of ‘hanging around’ time on Sunday morning with desultory truck packing… Read more »

Pau XC

Perfect weather for cross country day with sunshine and a pleasant 21 degrees with a slight breeze, ground conditions pretty much the best they have ever been at Pau and sone seriously classy horses heading out on course for the one and only 5 star of the weird season that has been 2020. Tom had… Read more »

Pau dressage

It’s been a funny old season with nothing until July then a race back to normality.  But there is no normality which is even weirder. Toledo de Kersey has had a couple of runs with a most notable win at Cornbury but the 5 star at Pau has always been on the cards. Toledo had… Read more »

Le Lion d’Angers showjumping

MHS Brown Jack had no problems flying through the second horse inspection and then had to wait all morning as head of affairs for the 6 year olds.  Sadly no fairy tale ending though as two rails late on in the track dropped them from pole to 6th spot in a matter of seconds.  There… Read more »

Le Lion d’Angers Cross Country

Firstly a slight correction to yesterday… Tom is not in fact in the lead with a rail in hand, he was after day one of dressage but Ingrid Klimke and Ollie Townend had sneaked into that bracket by the end of Friday! Tom must have had plenty of time on his hands today as he… Read more »

Le Lion d’Angers dressage

Photo credit Pam and Charles Cunningham from Tom has Fred and Penny Barker’s lovely 6 year old MHS Brown Jack out at the World Young Horse Championships at Le Lion d’Angers.  It is always exciting to have a horse good enough for Le Lion, it is not for every youngster and I am sure many… Read more »

Lignieres Showjumping

Tom was full of praise for the cross country tracks that had been built out at Lignieres and felt sorry for them that the heavy overnight rain on Friday had made them tougher than planned.  It was a shame that the grey hero Brookfield Benjamin Bounce didn’t jog this morning but Tom always puts the… Read more »

Lignières Cross country

Plenty of overnight rain changed the scenario and Lignières became a whole lot tougher than it could have been with the ground on the racecourse in particular getting soft.  The 3L ran in the morning and Tom’s experience and classy horses shone through as they tackled what was described as a really grown up 3… Read more »

Lignières Dressage

Tom has three nice horses out in France at the most welcoming venue of Lignières where the stables are permanent, the organising committee are incredibly helpful and the venue boasts a large all weather sand arena similar to most found in France which is always a welcome  addition in October.  The weather has been much… Read more »


The sun has most definitely departed for the Southern Hemisphere and the first of the autumn events signalled that the balmy days of summer are well and truly over.  Soggy Dauntsey replaced the Superhot Dauntsey of the summer when we basked in 35 degrees and our attire was startlingly different. Tom appeared for each phase… Read more »