We took two lorry loads of horses with us down to Portugal for the Vilamoura Atlantic Tour. The young horses stayed there for the first tour lasting four weeks before heading home to go on to Lummen CSIYH, whilst the big boys (and girls) stayed on after the CSI2**/3* tour for the two weeks of CSI3* and CSI4* competition.
All horses arrived safely and well after the long journey and settled in very quickly to life in the sunnier part of Europe.
The young horses all jumped very well throughout the tour, with nearly all jumping clear.
Julia Cruden's 7 yr old Dakar RS came 5th and 2nd in the 7yr old Grand Prix classes, the latter being in a very close finish with Daniel Moseley.
Louise's new string of horses came on leaps and bounds during the show. She got on very well with her new ride Unex Cognac, whilst Liz Howes's Glory BV showed consistency and Fiona Vanhet Lemmensthof really shined, jumping her first Grand Prix classes and coming 3rd in the Ranking Class during the second part of the tour.
David had Chamberlain Z, Baby David and Gotti to jump for the bigger classes of the show. Gotti showed good form throughout and Caroline Jeanne's Baby David jumped double clears, being placed in the 1.40m classes. Vilamoura proved a great venue for Chamberlain Z and David to get to know each other with them finishing in 10th place in the 1.45m ranking class.
The tour prepared the horses brilliantly for the rest of the season giving them the opportunity to cement continuity with their new rider combinations and allowing the older ones to brush off the cobwebs, get back on form and look forward to a great summer ahead.