It's been a very busy summer here at Tom Grant Eventing, with staff moving on to pastures new and more horse on the yard than ever. The Olympics has also been and gone. It was so fantastic to see the best of the best in our sport competing. A big well done to all those competing, but especially Charlotte and Nick for their Gold Medals. Let's hope we can bring one back to the yard in Malmesbury one day!
The team and I headed to Bicton, one of our favourite events of the season! We started our day at 2.30am, however Bicton always has such a lovely atmosphere and it's a bonus when you can meet up with friends whilst we compete. Hats off to Helen West and her team for always putting on a good show! All three horses contended in the Pre Novice classes. Colin (Cavalex) lead the dressage with a strong score of 25. From event to event, the geldings way of going just keeps improving. To finish top after the dressage phase against such strong horses says it all! We has an annoying two down showjumping, but that is purely due to inexperience, and we all know Bicton has a lot going on around the jumping. As ever, a foot perfect cross country round followed! Despite the poles, we still finished 10th in a hot section.
Stan (Just Julius) also produced an accurate and neat test, leaving us 4th after the dressage. Another inexperienced round show jumping meant that we knocked a few poles, but these are things that can easily be sorted with time. Stan excelled himself cross country and ate the course up, leaving me very happy. Guss (Vitesse Van Vryhern Z) warmed up extremely well in the dressage and scored a mark of 34. He had an unfortunate pole down showjumping but ended the day with a clear cross country. Both course and ground were beautiful and the going was perfect. I am sure everyone agrees with me when I say they deserve to have an advanced class in the very near future.
Thank you to my owners who kindly came and supported me for the day and have for a long time. A big thank you also goes to Clara Armstrong for being Wonder Groom and making sure the show ran smoothly. Finally, thank you to Tracy Robertson of Property Concept for coming to support and get involved. Nothing better then having a hands on relationship with sponsors! Onwards and upwards to the next event.
Thank you to every individual who competed, volunteered and sponsored the Willberry Wonder Pony Combined Training competition. It was an overwhelming success and despite the lack of sunshine, it was so lovely to see everyone out in force for a very special lady. We will have the total amount raised soon and when we do I will let you all know!
We had a very early start yesterday, after a lovely, if not a little rainy day on Saturday, helping run the Combined Training Competition in aid of Willberry Wonder Pony. Just Julius (Stan) and Vitesse Van Vryhern Z (Guss) have both been on top form at home recently and they certainly didn't disappoint.
Stan kicked the day off with a neat dressage test. There was lots to like about the test and all in all it was accurate and correct. Now I believe we can start to really push for the higher marks and test the waters a little. Thankfully, the pole monsters stayed away and Stan produced a really promising show jumping round, giving all the jumps plenty of room. As always, he stormed around the cross country and made it feel like a piece of cake. His consistency enabled us to finish 3rd in the section. A well earned placing for Stan!! Guss too performed well. His test was a little tense and his mark reflected that, even though it still put us high up in contention. The more Guss gets out and sees in the world, the more and more he will improve. However, much like Stan, he followed with a fantastic double clear and really showed his level headedness in the jumping phases. It's a lot easier to iron out faults in the dressage phase then it is in the jumping phases, so I am very lucky to ride such jumping machines. Overall, Guss finished 7th!
Thank you to the team at Sapey for running a fantastic event! As always, a big thank you also needs to go to the British Eventing Volunteers who give up their spare time to benefit those of us who chose to participate in the sport of eventing. It is a thankless job and although I do love volunteering myself, I am aware that people don't always receive the thanks and praise they should for the time they give up to help others. Shoutout to my team, at the event and home for continuing to keep the horses and I looking and feeling pretty. Finally, thank you to my sponsors! It's a pleasure to be associated with such well known and highly regarded companies in their respected fields.