And to finish the season Tom took two novices down to Aldon and had great dressage scores and fabulous cross country rounds. The Magician (Mars) scored a 26 and despite 12 faults in the showjumping still finished inside the top 12. Stravinsky also posted a flashy 26 dressage but picking up 8 showjumping faults and a 20 cross country meant that he dropped down the order somewhat. The season seems to begin and end with Aldon and its not very warm at either end of the year!
In some great news from America a horse that Tom produced and took through the levels to 2 star has just won the USEF National One Star Championships. The aptly named REHY USA, or Woody as he was known at home, had a nice write up on Eventing Nation this week. Below: Woody wins another FEI event.
And so another eventing season ends and we have been very lucky that October has been a dry and sunny month. Toledo de Kerser has stepped up to 4 star at just 9 years old and was the talk of Pau with his classy performance. Tom produced and sold the talented Barina 50 for Megan Heath enjoying some nice wins along the way and the young horses have all achieved their goals for this year. The talented Staff des Champs (Frankie) has also been sold which is good news for his owners, David and Jane Hamilton but I am sure Tom will mis his agility and speed cross country as they have had some storming runs in the past!
Tom has also settled into his new base at Gatcombe Park and all the horses are very happy there. Highlights of the year include winning the Bramham Under 25 CCI 3 star in his last year of eligibility and one of his previous winners of that title, Diesel, (Charlie) surprising everyone, including Tom, by putting in a blinding performance at the ERM CIC 3 star up at Blair Castle by finishing in second place. Rumour has it that Charlie may be trying his hand at some indoor eventing this autumn and who knows what he may bring back to the table in 2017!