Millstreet SJ and Cross Country

GBR-Tom McEwen rides Chatsworth Diamond during the Cross Country. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

Another cool rainy day in Millstreet but it was hats off to Tom and Chatsworth Diamond ( Bill) as they show jumped clear to move up to 4th spot in the CI2*L class which is a huge success story for the Duchess of Devonshire’s homebred grey.  Tom and Bill have clearly built up a partnership and this year has seen them go from strength to strength.

ERM duties then began and whilst the showjumping track wasn’t as influential as it has always been it still accorded a shift in the order and Tom’s clear round on Figaro van het Broekxhof ( Fig) was pretty influential, moving Tom and Fig up into the top 12.  Tom jumps Fig in an old fashioned English hackamore and quite how he controls 17hh of Fig in such a bridle is beyond me but it certainly works!

Cross country for the ERM was run in the rain….. there is a reason they call Ireland the Emerald Isle… and the footing was not great.  But it did hold up better than expected and Tom and Fig set out cross country in flying mode with Fig’s huge stride eating up the distance.  They looked simply brilliant with the ERM commentary noting all of their big runs and successes this year ( including the fact that Fig is currently the top of the Olympic rankings points this year which was a stat I was unaware of!) and all looked on song until the coffin at fence 16.  The “In” was ok, the B an open ditch and C was a brush “shoulder” fence which is basically a brush on an angle.  Fig jumped in, popped the ditch, got to C on a good stride…. and ran out.  It was a naughty 20 as it looked from the ERM camera angle as if it was harder to run out than to jump!  Tom came back, re-asked the question, Fig popped through and they finished the track but it was a frustrating thing to happen after so many good things have happened!  Fig and Tim have formed an amazing partnership and for sure this was a blip… but it was a naughty blip!

The straight CI4*S class ran after the ERM and the ground was pretty tacky and holding and now cut up from the ERM.  Tom ran CHF Cooliser ( Eliza) and Dreamaway ( Dreamy) for 16.8 and 17.2 time respectively for educational clears without risking their futures.  They finished in 9th and 21st but what they have gained in mileage is invaluable.

Another good weekend and now its all systems go for the European Championships for Tom and Toledo de Kerser next week…

GBR-Tom McEwen rides garo van het Broekxhof during the Dressage for the CCI4*-S – ERM. 2019 IRL-Millstreet International Horse Trials. Green Glens Arena. Millstreet. Co. Cork. Ireland. Friday 23 August. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography