It’s really bizarre ( as so much of 2020 is panning out to be) to be writing of the first International in mid August. In a normal year we would be fresh back from the Olympics and picking up the reins for the Burghley horses and be on that near exhaustive energy level from all the pressure. Instead of which we are all near horizontal from competing at venues for 5 days straight with less than 5 horses a day and the complexities of trying to work out which horse may be on which given day! Unless it’s a 100 horse you can count your weekends free.. it may be a new world order but I would just like to give a shout old to the old world which had BDWP and days and times on it!
Anyway, Tom headed out to Le Pin with a truckfull of horses and the relief of not competing at Aston Le Walls day 129 for the week. The Brits have amassed a Nations Cup Team and Tom is part of that with his Luhmühlen 5 star runner up Figaro van het Broekxhof ( Fig). It’s a close fought thing on the dressage board and Tom on 31 was just behind team mate Zara Tindall on 30 (Class Affair) with Richard Coney leading the way with a 29. The Brits lie in 3rd after dressage with the home team unsurprisingly leading the way but the scores are so close the jumping phases are going to be very influential.
Apart from the Nations Cup Tom found time between the thunderstorms to post a 31.4 on Coilibri de Riverland in the CI3*S which is a box ticker for Coilibri as he needs some more FEI events to gain access to the 4*S level. The qualification system is pretty complicated these days and whilst the theory is right sometimes it is a wearisome affair to get the necessary box ticks to move up, especially with a talented combination.
We have CHF Cooliser ( Eliza) and Braveheart B (Dougie) to look forward to in the CI4*S tomorrow and we will keep you posted!