Louis first event of the season at Gatcombe Park…
Gatcombe Park is situated in Gloucester about a two hour drive from Hertfordshire. I expected Louis to be a bit mad with excitement but he managed to contain himself very well and warmed up for the dressage beautifully. His test went well, with one blip in a canter trot canter transition but I was pleased with the rest of it (especially as you could see all the XC excitement from the dressage arena!).
The going in the show jumping was beautiful on arrival but after a few random hail showers the ground was a bit sticky with mud. Louis jumped really well, unfortunately knocking the second element of the triple and double to finish on eight faults.
Both Louis and I were so excited before heading cross country, nothing beats the thrill and adrenaline rush of XC!
He jumped an amazing round, he felt fit and raring to go! He went through the water brilliantly, down big hills to skinny jumps and drops, up steps and through the woods. Our round was quick and we only had 0.8 time penalties to add to our 24.5 dressage and 8 faults show jumping, finishing on a total score of 33.3 penalties.
It was very close at the top and 33.3 left us in 6th which meant we were in the prize giving which was presented by Princess Anne.
It was a great day; we got home at about 10pm, unloaded the lorry and repacked it for my brother Bonar who was out eventing at Munstead at 7am the next day….Thanks mum! He had a good day too and jumped a double clear. It was great to catch up with old friends and thank you Juliet Sjoborg for the videos.