Arville CIC 3 ERM SJ and XC

GBR-Tom McEwen rides Figaro van het Broekxhof during the ERM CIC3* Cross Country. 2018 BEL-Concours Complet International D’Arville. Sunday 24 June. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

GBR-Tom McEwen rides Figaro van het Broekxhof during the ERM CIC3* Cross Country. 2018 BEL-Concours Complet International D’Arville. Sunday 24 June. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

The showjumping track in Arville was not as tough on time as some of the ERM classes are but it still caused enough problems even with such a classy field.  Tom and Figaro van het Broekxhof jumped a super clear and that was good enough to climb up the leaderboard by some 6 places.

The cross country was causing plenty of problems and Tom was well aware that the big brush corner to the skinny on a forward distance was one of the bogey fences when he set off.  They looked to be going a great gallop until the double of angled brushes at fence 7 suddenly saw Fig drop his shoulder for a run out.  Tom looked as surprised as Fig!  Whether Fig felt that there was not enough room for his big frame is another question but Tom made sure that after that there was no question whatsoever of not going between the flags!  They made all the difficult combinations look easy and with Fig’s effortless gallop with his huge stride time is never going to be an issue if Tom decides to put his foot down.

The ground looked on the firm side of good for sure and the twisty track with its very European style of open oxers and lots of skinnies forming the combinations is educational in itself.

Its a bit of a trek for a 20 but they would not have made any progress by jumping round the intermediate at Farley.  Lucy looked as though she had a very enjoyable time and Fig and Tom now have 2 CIC 3 stars under their belts and will be looking towards an autumn podium finish for sure.

GBR-Tom McEwen rides Figaro van het Broekxhof during the ERM CIC3* Cross Country. 2018 BEL-Concours Complet International D’Arville. Sunday 24 June. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography