Today was brilliant at Houghton International where all four boys went really well.
I am still on an adrenalin high and couldn’t be happier.
I’d gone to Houghton with high hopes for all my horses, but when it actually turns out the way you hope it leaves you with a great feeling.
Cleveland was my first ride of the day in the CCI 2* and he made a green mistake at fence five which was entirely down to rider error. This meant I didn’t make the same mistake again on my second horse Talking Point, who made the cross country feel really easy and finished nine second inside the time. I had such a fun ride on him and we both really enjoyed ourselves. Despite our early blip, Cleveland was absolutely superb for the remainder of the course and really enjoyed himself finishing full of confidence. I was delighted with how both horses stepped up the grade in their first CCI 2*.
Amsterdam show jumped clear and was then superb cross country finishing with just eight time penalties which was brilliant. He was world class today, really locking on to all the jumps. This was his first CIC 3* and I really couldn’t be more happy with him. He’s such a superstar.
Dear Kaapy had two fences down show jumping, a down hill jump caught his out, and then across country he made it feel like he was jumping around an intermediate course – he absolutely flew! He feels better than ever and is such a professional.
Talking Point and Amsterdam have their final stages tomorrow with an early morning trot up and then show jumping.