Just two rides for Tom on Monday at Cholmondeley and stable star Toldeo de Kerser got to stretch his legs for a run around the OI. A 26 dressage and a clear over the showjumping which was not the easiest with it being in a fairly small arena and slightly undulating as well. They hacked around the cross country adding just 12 time which is about twice as fast as they went at Barbury!
Stable mate Dreamaway ( Dreamer) was on good form with a 23 and another clear but he didn’t run XC as he is heading out to Le Pin au Haras next week so a combined training was always on the cards for him.
8.42 on Tuesday morning saw Tom and Brookfield Benjamin Bounce (Bounce) trotting down the centre line. Bounce didn’t impress the judge particularly for a 36 and then he found the showjumping pretty tough to add another 12 faults but he is a great cross country horse and he found that part the happy part of his day with a nice clear to add just 15 time.There were some quite tough questions on the track ( not for a horse like Toledo) but Bounce is just 8 and there was enough out there to give him some more useful experience.
CHF Cooliser ( Eliza) was a pro as always with a 29.8 and a double clear to add to her record and she was also held up for 17 time which hopefully took the edge off her excitement. She has had steady runs at Bicton and Cholmondeley so hopefully will be back to her more settled self at her next big one.
Bob Chaplin also posted a 29 and double clear with 16 time and it is pretty clear that Tom was more than happy for Laura Collet, Ollie Townend and Piggy French to battle out the top spots by going clear in time at Cholmondeley! Apart from Bounce they had all show jumped beautifully and double clears at one days are Tom’s usual aim.
Cassiana de Riverland ( Cassey) is getting established at intermediate and a 24 on the flat showed she is really
comfortable at that level but a couple of unlucky poles in the showjumping meant that Tom decided not to run her. She is a really smart top and coming mare who Tom thinks allot of and he decided to save her for another day.
MHS Brown Jack was the novice that drew the short straw to head up to Liverpool and he had an early start and a very long wait until he went down his centre line at 3.45pm. He is just 6 years old but he hasn’t been out of the top 5 this season and a smart 22 in the dressage made it worth the long wait for his chance. He was a little unlucky to pick up 4 faults in the showjumping but adding just 2.4 time cross country left him in 5th spot and a happy boy to have finally got his chance to be the best placed horse of the day on the truck with all the big boys.