Houghton Friday

GBR-Tom McEwen rides No Excuse during the dressage for the CCI-SO4* Section A. 2019 GBR-Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trial. Thursday 23 May. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

Tom and No Excuse ( Jimmy)  sit in 6th spot after some 130 horses have done their tests in the CCiO4*S in front of judges that must be seeing double by now!  Unsurprisingly Ingrid Klimke leads on a 23 with her German team mate Christoph Wahler in second on a 24 with yet another German team member, Louise Romeike in 5th so Tom is certainly keeping good company. ( I think the Germans winning the Nations Cup is going to be short odds!) The photos that Libby Law sent through certainly show Jimmy looking pretty damn cool! He is just 0.8 off third place so watch this space….

CHF Cooliser ( Eliza) is much more of a work in progress at this level and at just her 2nd start at CI 4*S she produced a  34 which is nothing to be less than proud of.  Rehy Royal Diamond ( Bling) hit the top 20 with a 34 which is only 8 marks off the lead ( all credit to Ros Canter again!) while Dream Big (Dreamy) was just three points further off the pace for a 37 but in such a huge class that left them in 39th.  Dreamy is all about the jumping so watch this space!

Lordships Graffolo ( Walter) also hit the top 20 in the massive CI 2*L class with a 29.6  which is just over 70%. Badminton winner Piggy French leads on a 24.9 so there is plenty to play for there as well. Walter is another of Ros Canter’s horses and its pretty obvious that Tom and Ros have similar training methods as all of her horses have seamlessly fitted into Tom’s team.

A busy Saturday ahead for Tom…