Back to business with a brutal 2am start and, of course, a return to winter with wind and rain at Oasby making it just a little more challenging!
That welcome spring weather with a balmy 17 degrees of 10 days ago seems to have shot off just as soon as the eventing started, not really too much of a surprise, more the inevitable I guess! At least Tom and his team had a truck full of top class advanced horses to get the season under way with.
The score sheet points to a winter well spent training with all 5 horses posting double clears in their OI classes. Braveheart B ( Dougie) continued his great form from last season with a 31 and a steady cross country and partner in crime Dreamaway ( Dreamy) picked up a prize with a flashy 24 dressage. Dreamy sped around the track to add just 5 time and finish in 3rd in a hot OI class.
Figaro Van HeBroekxhof ( Fig) was delighted to be back out again after his winter break and a 30 test was followed up with a neat double clear. Yard superstar and member of the World Equestrian Games Gold Medal Team Toledo de Kerser strutted his stuff for a 27 although I can only imagine that after the excitement of Tryon Oasby must have seemed a little parochial. He still put his best foot forward though and whilst anything other than a double clear would have been a shock it is still good to see!
New ride No Excuse ( certainly aptly named when you check out the record!) has been beautifully produced by WEG team mate Ros Canter and a 25 dressage got the new partnership off to a good start. Add a couple of clear jumping phases and the future looks very bright! Tom really is the “go to” man for the pregnant event riders and yet again he has picked up some smart rides from Ros!
Not only a great start to the season but Tom gets the weekend off as well…. no doubt some Six Nations will be watched and some more of his huge 2019 string will be ridden. The road to Badminton has started on a great note.