The weather held off for the final show of the year at Hickstead, the AEJC. We took the young horses Keoki, Dakar RS and Ralph, along with Clear The Way, Arantos, Richi Rich III and Baby David, for the bigger classes.
Caroline Jeanne's Baby David was 9th in The Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge class, and 2nd in the 1.30m in the International Ring on the last day. Arantos was 4th with Louise in the 1.40m jump off class on the first day ensuring his place in the Grand Prix later on in the week.
Clear The Way was 6th in the Talent Seekers in a tight jump off, we were up on the time throughout the whole round but sadly had the last fence.
The Stevenson family’s Ralph V stepped up to the challenge of his first appearance in the International Arena having qualified for the 1.20m open final. He had two down, however to have jumped in the main ring with no problems at all, was great experience for him.
Keoki jumped a good round in the 5 year old championship qualifier, qualifying for the 5 year old final in the International Arena. He jumped well with only four faults, which again we were very happy with seeing as it was also his first time in the main ring. We then popped him quietly round the 1.20m open on the Sunday incurring a few time faults but concentrating more on his jump rather than the speed.
It was our first show with Julia Cruden's Dakar RS, David jumped him in the 6&7 year old championship qualifier in which he was double clear. The final was on the following day amongst a strong class, he was clear in the first round and travelled very well in the jump off to win the 6 year old section and to come 2nd overall to Trevor Breen’s 7 year old Classic III. It was a great start to his career with us.
Louise rode Arantos and Richi Rich III in the Grand Prix on the final day. Richi Rich III jumped well having one down and a foot in the water, Arantos also had a good round only having the Olympic White Horse fence down. David rode Clear The Way in the Grand Prix, she just had one foot in the water which was a shame, however, it was a fantastic experience for her considering it was her first Grand Prix and a very good note for her to end the outdoor season on before HOYS.