Three cross country rounds for Tom to kick off the day and yet again it was Brookfield Benjamin Bounce who took the top honours!
A clear in time was good enough to equal Kevin McNab’s score as both horses finished on their dressage score… sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it does not and today Tom had to settle for 2nd place as he was four seconds faster cross country… which meant that Kevin was closer to the optimum time!
A great effort from Bounce though. Lordships Graffalo (Walter) wasn’t much further behind.. he just added 3.6 time to his dressage score to finish up in 11th spot. Another lovely young horse gaining experience and points along the way.
Bob Chaplin has had some time on the sidelines and he picked up a 20 along the way which was unfortunate but not really the end of the world! Bob is still coming back to full fitness so this was more about a prepping run than anything else.
In the afternoon it was time for the CCIO4*S showjumping and although the British Team were a bit scuppered it was all systems go for CHF Cooliser (Eliza) who was wearing her Brit flag with pride. She jumped a super round for just a single rail and ended up in 14th in a big class full of superstars so she more than deserved her place on the team!
And so everyone thought that was pretty much it at Camphire for another year until the Kiwis won the Nations Cup and Sir Mark Todd made an immediate decision to hang up his boots! It was a shock to all and sundry.. we knew it was coming at some point as Mark increases his racehorse interests but no body expected it today! Tom spent a few years with Mark at his Badgerstown base and I am sure that he was quick to be one of the first to congratulate Mark.
Many things have and will be written about Mark but when you ride together through long, cold and wet winters you become friends and it is that friendship that I know Tom and his family treasure. Along with the rest of the equestrian community we wish Sir Mark all the best in his racing endeavours!