Tom led Lordships Graffalo (Walter) and Brookfield Benjamin Bounce through the jog this morning with no problems and both horses got to have a bit more rest whilst the 6 year olds jumped in the morning.
More overnight rain meant that the main arena was no less soggy today and it was a tough showjumping session, one that probably saw more movement across the leaderboard than in many of the last years. The riders had asked the OC about the possibility of jumping on the all weather at the stables but I can’t imagine the trade stand holders agreeing to that!
So jump in the deep they did and Walter got to jump relatively early as he was out of order as Tom still had 2 in the top 20. Bless Walter’s cotton socks as his single rail down whooshed him up from 16th to 8th and a top 10 finish to be proud of. Walter is the last of Ros Canter’s rides that Tom has kept as Le Lion requires a qualification as a combination but he will now go home and have a well deserved break.
One single rail covered the top 15 and after Liz Haliday-Sharp jumped clear in 13th she just kept rising as no one else seemed able to do so. Tim Price and Happy Boy jumped clear in 8th and then even Burto in 2nd spot pulled a rail. Tom and Bounce cantered into the main arena last to go and ploughed through the mud to confidently jump the first half of the track. It was a truly game effort but Bounce just tipped a single pole in an otherwise foot perfect round to hand the win to Tim Price whilst maintaining his own bronze medal in the World Young Horse Championships.
Tom didn’t ‘lose the win’ as he never had the win! Tom piloted two 7 year olds amidst the best of their year group in the world to a podium and a top 10 finish and he was the only rider to do so. Neither Walter nor Bounce went in as favourites but the both put up a great display of bravado and correct training and they both look too have a huge future.
And as for Tom… he now heads to Pau with Toledo de Kerser and is no doubt praying for some sunshine!