After bouncing through the trot up this morning Toledo had a long wait until the top 25 began to showjump at 2.25pm. The sun had retreated behind some low clouds but the rain held off which was a good thing and the tension was building all afternoon as the climax of the event drew near.
Toledo arrived at the warm up looking magnificent and as always took everyones eye when he began to jump. It’s one thing to be sitting on a jumper like Toledo in terms of confidence but there is also a huge amount of pressure under the expectation of a clear round. The last time Toledo had a rail was when he was upset by some “dancing sheep” at Rockingham I think!
If you are going to pile pressure on someone though then Tom is your man. He piloted Toledo round a tricky track and made it look effortless. It was easily the round of the day and was simply magic to watch. The duo rose another three places up to 4th and that is Toledo’s third double clear at 4 star and I don’t know of many other 10 year olds eventing that have that on their records.
Toledo will now have a well earned holiday in the field while Tom turns his attention back to the rest of his lovey string of horses. Congratulations to Jane Inns and the whole McEwen family who own Toledo..they have a superstar on their hands.