Tom and his team had a rather early 2am start for Chatsworth on Friday morning as he seemed to have a horse in every class available! Brookfield Benjamin Bounce ( Bounce), Chatsworth Diamond and Cassiana de Riverland ( Cassie) were attempting their first internationals with the CI 2*S, Shannondale Aero his BYEH class as an early qualifier, No Excuse was in the straight CI4*S and Figaro van het Broekxhof ( Mr Fig) the ERM CI 4*s.
That’s allot of different tests to learn and allot of different tracks to walk! Aero kicked off the weekend in great form with a classy win in the BYEH class which has secured his ticket to Burghley. So nice to tick that box in early May and indicative of the class horse that he is.
The CI 2* S horses are all youngsters and they didn’t go to win but to gain experience and to hopefully pick up an MER for their records. They all did that in style with Bounce finishing the best of the trio in a huge class with a 32, a rail and just 2.4 time for 16th, Cassie on a 36 adding nothing in the showjumping and just 8 time for 26th and the hosts of Chatsworth, the Duchess of Devonshire’s Chatworth Diamond really stepping up after the shortest of preparation with a 34, 8 to add in the showjumping and eventual 23rd. I gather that Tom is dining in the house at Chatsworth this weekend so that certainly will make the dinner conversation much easier having done a good job with the hosts horse!
No Excuse posted a 37.9 in his CI 4*S section which is a tad above his average but conditions at Chatsworth looked to be on the muddy/wet/tacky side. The main arena hosted the ERM dressage and having watched Tom and Mr Fig canter down the centre line which was sanded and halt in a boggy spot it was evident that they have had allot of rain there!
The whole of the outside track appeared to have been sanded for the afternoon session and despite Fig’s best efforts even he tripped over in the yucky going once. He is a lovely big horse and his dressage has improved leaps and bounds over the winter… he has a win at Belton and a 3rd at Burnham Market CI4*S’s under his belt already this season. The onlookers were dressed for winter but Fig looked like he reveled in the mud and his huge paces helped him get out of it. A score of 30.1 left him in 7th spot overall and he is, as we know, a great galloper so much to play for tomorrow.
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