Mid week events mean baby horses and Tom had plenty of them to take to Howick on Tuesday and Wednesday this week! At least Howick is just a zip down the M4 being just over the Severn Bridge in Wales and the Welsh tracks are usually a bit more agricultural than the portable type of tracks like Aston Le Walls so always a good part of their education.
Tuesday saw Tom pilot three novices with Coilibri de Riverland coming out on top with a 33 dressage that he finished on for 6th spot and another BE point to add to his tally. Royal Spring ( Ralph) scored a 31 on the flat before he also jumped a clear round the showjumping track which was by no means a walk in the park being on a slope with fairly light poles. He then just added 3 time for 9th place and a point of his own. Something Extra ( Sonny) picked up a 33 dressage before putting in another double clear with 3 time for 12 and another good run.
Making Waves ( Golly) isn’t really a novice, he’s pretty close to advanced on points so he ran in the Open Novice class where Tom has had him all season in order to build up his confidence. Golly ticked all the boxes at Howick to finish up in 2nd spot finishing on his 26 dressage. As always Tom has done a great job at doing exactly as he was asked to do and Golly looks set to go and have fun again!
Wednesday saw more young horses at BE100 level. Shannondale Aero must feel like he has picked up allot of air miles this week as he was fresh from his BYEH win at Chatsworth this weekend. He is clearly on a roll though as he backed that up with a great run here finishing on his 29 dressage for 2nd in his section. Invictus ( Ronnie) is another smart young horse and after a 25 dressage and a clear showjumping Tom schooled him round the cross country for 11 time after he picked up a green 20 en route. MHS Pop Star ( Jack) is pretty aptly named as he looks to have huge potential. Not to be outdone by Aero a 21.5 test was posted, just a single rail and a smooth cross country round for another 2nd spot.
7 horses and just a single rail looks pretty good on the score sheet and a productive couple of days. When the sun comes out in May it really is lovely and after the mud of Chatsworth two days of blazing sunshine makes everything seem so much more fun.