Following a fantastic start out in Dubai, the 2* show in Sharjah continued well for the team. Breen Equestrian’s Corenter VA jumped clear in the Accumulator on the second day, and their Foudre F jumped the ranking class, both with David. On the final day Z7 Flo Jo jumped the six year old final, a big ask for her level of experience, Corenter VA jumped double clear in the 1.30 jump off class to finish 9th but Foudre F was the star of the day, as he absolutely jumped his socks off to finish 4th in the 1.45 jump-off ranking class.
Next up the team headed to the 5* World Cup Show in Sharjah. Charlotte Platt and DLS’ own Jenson 55 jumped a good round in the opening 1.50 speed class for four faults, Z7 Flo Jo jumped clear to finish equal first in the Young Horse Class, and Foudre F had only four faults in the jump-off of the 1.40 in the 2*. Second day and Jenson 55 jumped a good round in the 1.50 speed in the 5*, Z7 Flo Jo finished 12th in the young horse class and Foudre F finished 7th in the 1.40 speed class in the 2*. On the final day Jenson 55 jumped fantastically in the 150 – 160 World Cup for four faults to finish 14th . Finally Foudre F finished the show on a brilliant note taking 3rd in the 2* Grand Prix.
The next show was the ladies 2*show in Abu Dhabi, which gave David the opportunity to head home for ten days to catch up with Louise, the boys and the rest of the horses, as well as do some teaching, making sure Sarah Lewis and her horses were up to speed before she set off for the CSI2* in Lier. While David was back in England DLS’ Charlene headed to Dubai to reacquaint herself with Fifa Paola for a successful show in the Ladies 2*. Sadly we have now said goodbye to Charlene, but she has been fantastic addition to team DLS while she has been with us.
David’s first show back in the UAE was the CSI2* in Dubai, where he rode Breen Equestrian’s lovely and very consistent Foudre F. Foudre was obviously very pleased to be back at a show finishing 7th in the 1.40 speed and 3rd in the very hotly contested 2* Grand Prix.
The final show of the UAE tour and it was a big one; the CSIO5* Nations Cup Show in Dubai. Foudre F made a big step up to a 5* show and jumped very well, just having four faults in each 1.45 class and finishing with a respectable round in the 1.50. Jenson 55 made his Nations Cup debut for Ireland on the Saturday of the show. He was a bit overwhelmed in the first round, but came out under the lights in the second round and dug deep to jump an absolutely fabulous clear round. With only three riders completing he played an essential part in Ireland’s second place which automatically secured Ireland’s place in the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona in September.
Many, many thanks to Team Z7 and Sheika Maitha for the opportunity to ride for them on this amazing tour for the second year, it certainly gets the year off to flying start.
Photos by Helen Cruden Photography