And for Toledo de Kerser…the sun came out. Toledo looked magnificent as he sparkled in the sunshine and suddenly the hats and boots and winter coats were gone and Pau looked as gloriously ‘end of summer’ as it usually does.
There had been some smart tests by the time Tom and Toledo entered the main arena and Ros Canter was leading on 27.2 but in the main the judges had been sitting on the conservative side of the fence and were not throwing marks at anyone and they were being particularly tough on any mistakes in the changes.
Tom nailed it from the start. He and Toledo produced what they delivered at Badminton in the spring, a simply stunning test that showed trust and partnership and was oh-so-smooth in its execution. The trot work was mistake free and showed such swing and elasticity, the walk ( which wouldn’t be Toldeo’s strongest pace) dropped the score back slightly but then the canter work was quite exceptional with a 10 being awarded for one of the super changes that showed flamboyance as well as being technically correct.
In short Toledo showed off to the crowd in the arena and the crowd loved it. Badminton was the first time that he has displayed such confidence in the ring and its good to see that he is making that a trademark of his performance now as he also led the dressage at Hartpury 4* this summer which has been his only other international appearance. The final score was amended to 24.9 which leaves him just 0.5 ahead of Tim Price and the consistent Wesko.
And so the stage is set for a vintage end to the season. The only way to watch the livestream cross country is via https://horseandcountry.tv but it is not free…. you have to subscribe at £5.99 a month or £59 for a year.