Joyride ( Wibley) cantered easily into the top 10 in the CIC 2 star and had a big smile on his face as he has really enjoyed himself this weekend!
And after a very long wait Tom finally got to jump Strike Smartly in the CCI three star. Paddy flew through the jog this morning and then they sat all day in position number three. Tom is so cool in these situations and when they finally jumped around 4pm they put up a clear round which put the pressure on the two ahead of them. Sadly for Olivia Craddock and home favourite Sam Watson rails hit the ground and Tom emerged victorious.
Tom and Paddy were the only pair in the field to add nothing to their dressage score and I always think that is the most deserving winner. Tom has rated Paddy from the first day he sat on him and when Tom believes in a horse magic happens. They have now won a CIC 3 (Chatsworth) and a CCI 3 together after being a partnership for just this season and have qualified for Badminton on both points and the top 25% rule… watch this space!
Congratulations to owners Fred and Penny Barker and also to Daisy Berkeley who produced him through to advanced…and Paul Tapner who did the 4 year old year and qualified him for the Championships at Osberton which just shows these classes do sometimes produce champions of the future!