Béthune CSI3*

Béthune is one of David's favourite shows of the year with its beautiful, well-kept grass arena and fantastic layout (minimal walking!). 

We pulled out of the yard at 11pm on the Thursday evening ahead of the last May Bank Holiday in order to be able to catch the 03:20 ferry from Dover - Calais and arrive at Béthune with a couple of hours spare before the trot-up inspection which began at 10am. The trip went very smoothly, bumping into a few friends making their way out to the show aboard the ferry which meant that we were all able to drive the short stretch from Calais to Béthune together and arrive in convoy. 

David and Louise each took three horses for the 3* whilst trainee Helen Cruden took her two horses for the 1*. 

It was the first international show with Louise on board for Julia Cruden's 7yr old Dakar RS, and the duo went from strength to strength as each day passed. Their weekend started off with them coming 5th in the 1.35m ahead of stepping up to the 1.40m class on the Sunday where they came 4th. To prove that it was no fluke, Dakar RS continued to cover the ground seamlessly and finished equal 4th on the Monday in the 1.40m once again. 

Louise also rode Liz Howes's beautiful black mare Glory BV, it was her first international show since Vilamoura and her first show on grass of the year. She did very well to come 13th in the strong 1.40m on the Sunday and 11th in the 1.35m class on the Monday. 

With a week or so of getting to know each other, David and Chessy 17 had a very good show. Chessy pulled out all of her stops to come 6th in the Ranking Class on the Sunday with just an unlucky pole in the Grand Prix on Monday.

Photo by H. Cruden

Photo by H. Cruden

David also took on the ride of Grupello Z at Béthune. Gruppello really came into his own in the beautiful grass arena, improving every day, having just one down throughout the entire show in the 1.35m on Monday.