The last three weeks have been hectic and exhausting but absolutely fantastic. It’s been a while since I have done three CCI three-day events on the trot, but we managed it and are still all in one piece.
First off was a trip to Northern France to Haras du Pin. A fantastic event that we went to for the first time last year, and it has us hooked. It is a great venue with good classes, interesting courses and a fantastic social scene. There is so much to be said for the French way of life, good weather, good food, good wine...
We took Chico Bella (Bella) for the CIC***W, Dinky Inky (Inky) for the CIC** and Quicklook (Pebbles) for the CIC*. Three screaming mares who certainly made themselves heard throughout their stay.
It was a first time at one-star level for Pebbles and she was fab. A bit green in her dressage but jumped a super double clear (very strong cross-country) to finish 11th out of a huge class of nearly 100.
Inky did a lovely test but just at the end she tripped and struck in to herself. She had not cut herself and seemed ok but the following morning she had a very big leg and was very sore. There was no way that she was going to be right for the following day so we had to withdraw her, which was very frustrating. She is absolutely fine now and has been selected for Le Lion d'Angers seven-year-old championships in October which I am very excited about.
Chico Bella was doing her first three-star which just happened to be a World Cup qualifier. The cross-country was enormous and very technical, and when I walked the course with Yogi Breisner he said it looked like a four-star track. To be honest when the time came I was very nervous, but Bella was fantastic. She jumped those massive fences easily and felt amazing. We had a really annoying run-out at a skinny in the water but I think it was just a little blip and I was thrilled with her round. She also jumped a beautiful clear show jumping the next day over a very big course which caused a lot of trouble.
Anyway we headed home sun drenched and pretty happy, with Breda in the Netherlands and Blenheim next on the agenda...