To start 2019 David traveled out to Dubai with Breen Sport Horses’ Trevor Breen to join the horses as they came out of quarantine. David’s rides in Dubai include Jenson 55, jointly owned by David and Charlotte Platt, and David’s own Starfighter. In addition David is riding Z7 Flo Jo, a six year old homebred owned by Team Z7 and both Foudre F and Corenter VA who are owned by Breen Equestrian.
They kicked off the competitions out there with the CSI4* World Cup show in Abu Dhabi. This was David’s first competitive ride on Foudre, Corenter and Flo Jo. Foudre got off to a good start in the 1.30, followed by six year old Z7 Flo Jo, whose competitive career only started in April 2018, but who jumped her strongest course to date in the Young Horse Class. Starfighter finished day one with a good round in the 1.40. On Friday Foudre impressed – finishing 7th in the 1.40, and Z7 Flo Jo really stepped up to jump the Young Horse Grand Prix. On Saturday Foudre jumped his first 1.45 ranking class for a single mistake.
The beautiful Al Shira’aa CSI4* in Abu Dhabi started well with a 10th place for Jenson 55 in the Longines Ranking Class. Starfighter jumped clear for a low placing in the 1.30 and Flo Jo was 12th in the Young Horse class. On Friday Jenson had an easy round in the 1.30 while Foudre was 8th in the same class. On Saturday Z7 Flo Jo finished 7th in the Young Horse Grand Prix. Abu Dhabi hosted its first ever Derby on the Saturday which was greeted with huge enthusiasm and excitement by the home crowd. Complete with ditches, derby rails, gates and the Hickstead planks this was a really fast and competitive class. David was drawn late to go on Starfighter and an early fence put paid to their chances so David sensibly saved him for another day. The UAE’s Hamad Al Kirbi and Mohammed Al Hajri finished first and second for the home nation to fantastic cheers and applause. On Sunday Jenson 55 jumped in the 1.55/1.60 Grand Prix and Foudre made a very good finish with 6th place in the 1.45 ranking class.
The third show was the CSI5* World Cup Show. Thursday got off to an auspicious start with Jenson 7th in the 1.45 Speed Longines Ranking Class and Foudre F 9th in the 1.45 Two Phase Longines Ranking Class. On Friday Jenson 55 finished 10th in the 1.55 Winning Round class and Foudre jumped in the 1.45. The show finished with a great result on Saturday when Jenson 55 finished 2nd in the 1.45 Accumulator – just pipped at the post by Georgia Tame on Z7 Caretina. A one-two for team Z7 and a great result for Charlotte Platt and Team 55.
The fourth show to date: CSI3* Sharjah, which got off to a good start with Foudre F finishing 12th in the ranking class, Z7 Flo Jo finishing 13th in the Young Horse class and Breen Equestrian’s Corenter VA making his debut in the UAE to finish 4th in the 1.25.