Little Gatcombe is a funny autumn event… it has a very grown up showjumping and a tricky cross country track that doesnt always flow but it was a great outing for Tom this year with Barina (Bee) posting her second intermediate win on the trot.  A 32 dressage and just 3 time was evidence of her amazing consistency and she has stepped up to the challenge of every track she has tackled with Tom since he began competing her.

Also on flying form was Royal Roxey.  Her usual good test of 33 was backed up by a clear showjumping which is the phase that Roxey does not always find th easiest and then a brilliant cross country with just 2 time left her in 2nd place.  Splash of the Irish (Dennis) scored a 28 and a double clear in his open novice for 5th and CHF Coolizer (Eliza) also went double clear in her novice section to pick up another 5th placing.

So Amazing (Daffy) was so excited to see so many friends rocking up to her home base of Gatcombe for the weekend that after a dressage test where Tom felt he had perhaps 30% of her attention he withdrew her and put her back in her stable!  Daffy must have been quite miffed to be missing out on the party!

Mister Note found the showjumping a bit tough to add to his 33 dressage and then clearly was not a fan of the Gatcombe cross country track either.  Staff des Champs (Frankie) was Tom’s OI ride and he continued his good form of late with a double clear in a hotly contested section full of Boekelo and Pau bound horses.

Tom must be awash with Whatley Manor spa passes and pretty good friends with The Princess Royal after his prizegiving attendances.  A really good way to spend one of the last big one day events of the season as the autumn three days begin to roll on towards the end of 2016’s eventing months.

Photo credit:  Uptown Eventing.