This summer proved to be as busy as ever. After having taken the horses to Bolesworth International CSI*** we then took them to the Hickstead Derby meeting. Richi Rich III went very well in the Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby coming 7th, with Hermione IV coming 5th in the Derby trial and 9th in the Derby itself. The young horses competed in the outer rings showing consistency throughout the week.
Our next stop was a trip north to Southview where Global Van’t Braunerthof proved himself throughout the three rounds of the Grand Prix to win The Alexander Horseboxes 1.60m British Masters, a great achievement for him at this stage in his career.
The success of Global was followed by two weeks spent in Brittany at the Dinard CSI4* and CSI2* shows where Louise was second in the big class on the first day with Arantos. This was Louise's first show back at this level, and her first show on Arantos, after a few days spent at Keysoe CSI2* the week before with Little Penny and Clear The Way.
Upon returning from France we only had a couple of days to turn ourselves around before the International show at Hickstead where again all of the young horses performed well in the outer rings. Clear The Way competed in the second round qualifier for the Foxhunter Final and jumped superbly in all three rounds. Sitting in second place before the last rider went in, she was just pipped to the post and finished third, sadly missing qualifying on this occasion. Hermione IV however performed well in the Queen’s Cup, clear in the first round, finishing 6th overall.
As soon as Hickstead was over I received a last minute call-up to compete at The Royal Dublin CSI5* show which was a big step-up for our horses. We decided to take Hermione IV, Richi Rich III and Global Van’t Braunerthof, we received no notable results but it was a fantastic experience for all of the horses to compete at 5* level.
The rest of August was rather quiet for us after a couple of months of madness. We took the time to slowly start on the renovations and development of our new yard in Coolham, Sussex. Except for a couple of local shows for the youngsters, the next show we went to was Scope Festival. We travelled up for the evening’s second round qualifier for the Foxhunter final with the Crossfield’s Clear The Way and fortunately did not get caught out with the weather and last minute timetable changes. Clear The Way jumped very well to finish 5th in what was a very competitive class with all top 6 jumping-off within 0.5 of a second of each other. Due to a slight mix-up with notifications we started our drive home somewhat disappointed with the realisation that again, she had just missed out on qualifying. However, I received a phone call the following morning to confirm that she did indeed qualify for the Foxhunter Final at HOYS this October!