Thursday 19th of November 2020
Claire Benfield

Claire Benfield: Placings galore!

After a busy few weeks, it’s about time I caught you all up on Team Clark’s adventures. So we headed off to Belton with 2 ridiculously early starts and 2 horses competing – Biscuit and Pinks.

Belton is always a good early season test as there is normally quite an atmosphere with a lot going on and the courses are usually strong. We had Pinks in the OI for his first run of the year. He did a lovely dressage test (which he was very pleased about), one down showjumping and a great clear xc over a course that was causing a lot of problems.

We also had Biscuit in the CIC***. After doing a beautiful dressage test, I checked the live scoring for his mark and started having kittens when I saw a score of 54 by his name. Were the judges looking at the same horse!? After about half an hour, thankfully Pinks owner rang me and said they had amended it to a 41.7 – PHEW! He had a pole in the showjumping but after that, the rest of the round was super and he was really jumping. Unfortunately during the cross country there was a miscommunication between horse and jockey resulting in a 20. He was a bit fresh and wasn’t really concentrating on what Aoife was asking of him. So a little bit of homework to do before the next outing. 

After re-grouping at home, we set off to Weston Park the following weekend with 3 in the OI and Biscuit in the Advanced. It was a very busy day which involved a lot of walking/biking to and from the dressage which was made that bit easier by having beautiful weather all day. In the OI we had Colourfast (Kenzo), Pinks and the new boy Master Rory. All 3 were super and jumped 2/3 clear showjumping rounds and 3/3 clear xc rounds finishing 2nd, 7th and 10th respectively. In the middle of the day we had Biscuit in the Advanced. He certainly redeemed himself after being fresh at Belton and led after the dressage and jumped a fab double clear adding a few time to finish 5th in his section. To have all 4 getting top 10 placings certainly made the early start worthwhile!

Next up was Hambleden. It’s a beautiful venue and a lovely event, they made sure the ground was watered overnight in each discipline area and arrived on the Sunday morning to see the effort had gone in and I’m sure was appreciated by many people. We had Biscuit and Kenzo in the AI and both were on fire!! Both of them were fab all day doing lovely dressage tests and jumped super double clears. After a super day, the boys finished 1st and 2nd with Biscuit leading from the beginning and Kenzo not far behind. So proud of the boys as it all seems to be clicking into place.

Other exciting news this week was we have another amazing sponsor, Caviera Bedding. Having been the bedding sponsor at Blenheim and working with them since it’s the best we have used so far and making the mucking out far easier making me a happy groom! 

So I’m off to get some rest and on to the next event…

Until then…


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