Houghton Thursday dressage

GBR-Tom McEwen presents Rehy Royal Diamond during the First Horse Inspection for the CCI-L3* Section B. 2019 GBR-Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trial. Wednesday 22 May. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

5 rides for Tom up at Houghton and the team had the horses gleaming at the first trot up in the sunshine.  Lordships Graffalo (Walter) is in the CI2*L with both Dream Big (Dreamy) and Rehy Royal Diamond (Bling)  in the CI3*L and in the CCIO 4*S Tom has No Excuse (Jimmy) and CHF Cooliser (Eliza).

So a mix of old friends and new rides as Bling, Jimmy and Walter are Ros Canter’s.  Tom certainly started off well with Jimmy going early in the huge CCIO4*S class and taking the pre-lunchtime lead with a 28.

Tom isn’t on the GB Nations Cup team here as not only are both his 4* rides relatively inexperienced GB have a policy of giving young riders a chance to experience a team situation alongside one senior rider (Piggy French in this case).

When the sun shines at Houghton it is lovely although the lack of phone signal and limited wifi in Norfolk make life ever so slightly frustrating!

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