Since we arrived home from Burghley it’s been non stop. Though we were all still smiling! Away Cruising wound down for a week or so and then was very happy to realise that he was going to be in the field 24/7 hopefully not gaining nearly as much weight this year!
We had lots of horses entered at Gatcombe and Monmouth and we have also recently returned home from a great but rather wet few days at Waregem in Belgium. We had a quick turn around and whilst we were home for three days we had some photo shoots and interviews before having to re pack and head up north for a flying visit to Osberton for the day with three lovely young horses in the 5 year old Championships.
We had a fun week away at Waregem in Belgium with Red Kite (Cooper) in the 1* Monbeg Medlar (Gus) in the 2* and Tenareze (Taz) in the 3*. It was a long trip and an event we hadn’t been to before but it was well worth it as all three horses went very well with placings all round. It was very wet especially on XC day and the conditions were testing but it was good for the horses to have to run in the very wet weather and deal with the mud, they would have all learnt from the experience and all put in excellent confident performances.
Cooper finished 11th in the 1*, Gus 3rd in the 2* and Taz 14th in the 3*. All the classes were huge and we didn’t try and run Taz fast so for him to finish 14th with time faults was very respectable. As most people are aware I have a huge soft spot for this horse and I am so proud he has stepped up to 3* level comfortably and hope he continues to grow with confidence next season. It was really great for Gus to finish 3rd, he is a horse that has really come on this year and is very exciting for next season.
It was great to be able to catch up with my friends on the circuit and it was a fun week away. We travelled through the night and we arrived home at 3.30am and the horses and us for that matter were happy to finally be home. By the time we un packed the bulk of the kit and put them out in the field I climbed into bed at 5.30am, I realised I had been up since 5am the previous day so no wonder I was tired and I was looking forward to my day off the next day!
Within three days we were home from Waregem in Belgium and up in Nottingham at Osberton before we knew it! We had Brookfield Pointilliste Boy, Castle Howard Octavian and Brookfield Cavalier Cruise and they were all on great form producing nice tests and good jumping rounds. Brookfield Pointilliste Boy finished 9th so we are delighted with him and they too are all exciting for the future.
Our season is slowly coming to an end and the mornings are certainly looking a lot more like winter is on its way! I am looking forward to a bit of quiet time but as always it will fly by and before we know it the horses will be in full work gearing up for the 2019 season and we start all over again! We plan to travel up to Yorkshire in December with a few horses for a week for some training with Chris Bartle again which should be good but I’m hoping we won’t get stuck in the snow again and end up being there over the Christmas period!
We only have a few more one day events left with the young horses and some of our eventers will do a bit of team chasing and hunting if they need too as well. It’s been a pretty full on season for the team but all the horses have gone very well overall and I just can’t believe we are in October already!
Away Cruising will be aiming for Badminton and Burghley all being well, Tenareze will aim for Bramham and Blenheim and quite a few of the others will be going to Tattersalls in Ireland to do the 2* and the young horses won’t be so young anymore as they will be 6 year olds competing at novice level! How time flies but horses and humans will be having some well deserved down time now and there will be a chance for me to re organise, get some rest and get everything prepared for the 2019 season! I’m already looking forward to it!