We’ve just returned from a fantastic show at CSI4* Bolesworth. What a tremendous effort by Nina Barbour and her team, who managed to defy the horrendous weather and give competitors and their teams a truly fantastic show.
Thursday started well with the CSI4* 1.40 two phase in the Castle Arena, where Louise was 5th on Felix and David was 8th on Foudre F. In the afternoon Louise jumped Fiona van het Lemmenshof and David jumped Jenson 55 in the 4* 1.45 two phase. They had a pole apiece, but both jumped well, setting them up for the rest of the show.
Friday started with the CSI4* 1.35 speed class where Gurtera Cara Dubh jumped well for four faults, and Jenson 55 and Fiona van het Lemmenshof jumped in the CSI4* 1.50.
On Saturday morning Gurtera jumped the CSI4* 1.35 to finish 16th and in the afternoon Foudre F jumped a fantastic round in the 1.45 speed to finish 5th.
Sunday was a very early start, but certainly well worth it as Louise and Fiona were 2nd in the 1.40 speed and David and Gurtera were 4th. The day kept going well in the CSI4* 1.45 where Felix finished 4th and Foudre F finished 6th. The showcase class of the show is always the CSI4* Grand Prix and Jenson 55 and David jumped two fabulous clear rounds around a very difficult 1.60 course, in very exalted company to finish 4th. What a fabulous finish to a very, very good day.
As always we love to see horses we have been involved with doing well with their new riders. It was great to see Andretti and Graham Gillespie going so well to finish 5th in the CSI4* class on Friday. We were thrilled to get the news that 6 year old Jammy Dodger and Alex Hempleman have qualified for the Connollys Red Mills sponsored Newcomers Final at the Horse of the Year show in October, and it to top it off it was great to see Tony Pearson winning the Amateur Championship on Berlin, who was purchased from DLS.