Burnham Market International

It is always a long old weekend at Burnham Market and with 5 horses spread over three days Tom must have had a fair amount of hanging out to do! Not that the weather was condusive to ‘hanging out’ as it varied form bitterly cold to snow and hailstorms which is what Norfolk tends to throw at us in April.

Tom had good rides in the international classes and Ros Canter’s Lordships Graffalo ( Walter) in the intermediate. It was just his second run on Walter and their first intermediate together and a 34 followed by a double clear with just 10 time was good enough for 7th place. That is a pretty cool way to begin your step up in class!

Three rides in the CCI 3* S class were headed by Belton star Dreamaway ( Dreamy) who scored a smart 30 on the flat before showjumping clear and then zipping round the tough enough track to add nothing to that dressage score.  They yet again finished on the podium in 2nd spot with World Games team Medalist Artic Soul and Gemma Tattersall in 3rd! Dreamer really is flying this season.

CHF Cooliser ( Eliza) knows all about being on the podium and she totally  loves it. She threw her chances away in the dressage this weekend however with an uncharacteristic 37 but who can blame a girl that thrives on summer in the Baltic winds of Burnham?! Eliza warmed up a bit in the showjumping for a lovely clear and just 9 time cross country saw her finish in 41st…. in an absolutely massive class with well over a 100 horses in it.

Braveheart B ( Dougie) has been on the podium as well and his 32 dressage was smart enough. He doesn’t quite have Dreamer’s experience yet ( nor his enormous stride!) but he still put in a solid performance for another double clear and just 9 time added cross country. That was good enough to finish in the top third of the class and another good run under his belt.

Figaro van het Broekxhof ( Mr Fig) is relishing being the top horse on the truck on these big CCI 4 *S days and he pulled out all the stops yet again to score a 27 on the flat in another huge class. He showjumped clear before being a superstar cross country and adding just 1.2 time to finish in 3rd. He had classy horses ahead of him as well….Burghley winner Ballaghmor Class and well established at 5 star Zagreeb.  Mr Fig has been the superstar of the show this spring and its great to see him on such flying form.

So all five of Tom’s rides went double clear which is quite the achievement over the technical tracks that run at Burnham.  Tom and the team head down South this coming weekend to Devon and the prospect of some warm weather really is appealing!