Back to Tweseldown for day 2 with 3 novices that Tom knows quite well and a new one to have a first outing with. The clouds were building ominously and it was somewhat inevitable that the rain would start to fall but the crew at Tweseldown soldiered on and eventers in the main are a tough bunch that are well used to being outdoors in the rain!
It has to be said that the venue was by now looking like it had taken a considerable battering between the 400 odd horses that had competed yesterday and the 350 that were aiming to do the same today. If the truck park wasn’t on hard standing ( even though much of that ended up waterlogged!) it would have been impossible and its not easy for the team to work on the ground in those conditions but Lucy Seddon has taught her exceptional team very well!
Braveheart B ( Dougie) finished his 2017 season with two wins at novice and he started this season off in fine style with a 29 and a double clear for 6th spot and some more points to add to his tally. He has a brilliant attitude and always gives his best and he surely has a huge future ahead of him. On the other hand, Nasdaq High, (Bodie), came to Tom with a reputation for being a bit of a jack the lad at the beginning of last season and then finished with a 3rd place in the CIC one star at Aldon. I didn’t see his dressage but the score of 43 suggests that Bodie was absolutely delighted to be back out competing! A single rail and a smart clear cross country blew all his cobwebs away and he will step up to intermediate very soon.
With Magda Gut’s Dream Big ( Dreamy) being a stalwart member of the team throughout 2017 and a really classy cross country horse she also finished her season with a top 10 at the CIC one star at Aldon. The testing conditions in the showjumping were more to blame than her technique and the 8 faults added were still competitive enough to leave her in the top 12 after another easy clear cross country!
New to the McEwen team is Dreamaway ( Dreamer). With Dreamy and Dreamer on the team I am sure at some point there will be a mis-communication! Dreamer is beautifully named, being out of a mare called Roadstown Cruise and he certainly looks the part being of the dapple grey eye catching type. It was an audacious start to the new partnership as a 27 dressage, just 4 faults in the showjumping and a zippy clear for just 4 time faults gave them the win in their novice section and a brilliant end to Tweseldown.
And an end to Tweseldown it was too…they have had to abandon Saturdays competition entirely and will make a decision on Sunday later. The intermediate and novice competitors over the last 2 days were all incredibly grateful to Tweseldown for running and it especially gave the riders of multiple horses a great start to the season. Planning runs for a big team is dependent upon the events actually running, when one cancels its like a pack of cards as the roll on effect takes its toll on the whole team.
The McEwen team has had a fabulous start to the season. Tom had 9 rides over the two days and had a 100% strike rate clear cross country and that’s with three of them being brand new rides as well. Add a win into the equation and that’s the icing on the cake!