Just a Sunday of 5 novices to keep the team entertained this weekend and yet another day in which Tom was on flying form. Out of his 5 rides only one finished out of the top 4 and to be fair to Royal Spring ( Ralph) he is probably the greenest of the whole bunch.
Heading affairs was Cassiana de Riverland who was having an “easy” after the excitement of her first International at Chatsworth. Cassie cruised into the win after her double clear in the CI2*S with a 27, a rail and just 4 time. Cassie is a chestnut mare with a big white face and a big personality and Tom has always rated her.
Not to be outdone stable mate Coilbri de Riverland flew the fag for the boys with a 32, a clear and just 2.4 time. Coilbri has not been out of the top 3 in his last 4 runs and he is looking very established at novice now.
Chatsworth Diamond (Pictured at Chatsworth) showed he too had loved the experience of his first international and ‘Bill’ powered into 4th spot with a 29 and double clear in his section. He just added 4 time and showed he is on track to keep moving forwards in the sport.
Bob Chaplin ran in his second Open Novice as he eases his way back into the season after a year out due to injury. Giving horses the time to adjust and get back into galloping and jumping cross country is invaluable as no amount of fitness work can replicate competition runs for raising the heartbeat. Tom and Bob’s owners think allot of this horse and we have no doubt he will be a star of the future and his 3rd placing today adding just 2 time to his 25.8 dressage kind of backs that up!
Royal Spring ( Ralph) did his first novice at Howick last month so he is a way behind this crew. His 34 and a couple of rails was commendable as it was a tough old showjumping today at WWEC with a track that found many novices struggling to find their rhythm. Tom took him slowly cross country to build his confidence and educate him and that is why Tom is the rider he is…he wins and places when its right for the horses and he cruises and educates when there is no point in going fast.
Nice for the team to have a relatively easy weekend and time to regroup before the next onslaught of competitions. Its a long old road to the end of October!