The Aston weekend must have seemed rather never ending to Tom but he had two good days which counts for allot when you feel like you are stuck in a Groundhog Day situation!
Figaro van het Broekxhof ( Mr Fig) made his 2020 debut in March at Oasby and must have thought it rather strange to then hang at home until mid summer and Aston. A 29, a rail in the not so easy showjumping track which didn’t have the best ground to jump fences from before an accomplished clear cross country knocked the cobwebs away and a happy Mr Fig. Cassiana de Riverland ( Cassie) is on fire this year and backed up great Barbury form with a 30 and a double clear with just 1.2 time to pick up 3rd in her intermediate section whilst Dreamaway ( Dreamer) was wowing the judges in his for a 22 and another double clear. He finished in 7th but it was scorchingly hot section with mostly 5 star horses ahead of him and his 4 time cost him 2nd place. No one remembers who came second at Aston Le Walls so it hardly matters!
Sunday saw a couple of 6 year olds have their first outings for 2020. Brookfield Carnival (Ted) is owned by Alison Swinburn alongside John and Chloe Perry and is a new ride for Tom this year having been produced by Harry Meade. A 29, a rail and a clear cross country was good enough for a top 10 placing on their debut together and stablemate Brookfield Braveheart ( Luke) was the total star of the weekend with a stunning 19.6 dressage which he then finished on to win his section by nearly a full 10 marks. That is pretty cool!
Next week we head South to Devon with lots of rides at Bicton.. let’s hope the sun shines for that too.