Allerton and a new face
We made the long journey to Allerton in Yorkshire for an OI run for Baz, a beautiful event but a very long way! He did a great test with one rather over enthusiastic canter transition, and jumped a beautiful steady double clear for 9th place.
Orange eventing are proud to introduce another new team member! Oli is a 9 year old Irish bred grey gelding who has come from Cumbria. We are very pleased to have him in our team and look forward to getting him out and about.
Millstreet International Horse Trials
Millstreet is a stunning event with permanent stabling, multiple arenas and a beautifully presented XC course.
Baz settled in well and we were thrilled with his test, which was a huge improvement from Barbury. He is still green at this level and made several mistakes including a break in both the half pass and counter canter. This kept him from scoring high marks but he produced some beautiful work and we are very excited for the test that he will be able to do next year.
The show jumping track was big, spooky and airy - not an easy test for Baz - but he jumped brilliantly, just touching one upright.
Cross country did not go entirely to plan with Baz just not feeling the love on the day! A disappointing end to a great event but on to the next
Super excited to introduce new Team Orange member Junior aka OJ, a stunning 3 year old Zangersheide colt by a son of Balou du Rouet.
A graduate of the Brightwells Elite Auction, Junior will shortly be gelded (sorry Junior!) and start his training.
Quiet few weeks at Team Orange HQ. Baz has been working well, preparing for his trip to Ireland next week for the CIC*** at Millstreet.
Orange is sound after bashing himself at Aston le Walls and is having some r and r.
The young horses, Heidi and Diego are both improving each day and looking like exciting prospects, although the ground has been too firm to really get them out and about too much.
Zippi and Stan have entries for Moreton Show for their annual showing outing. Who wants to go to Burghley anyway
Orange on TV
Festival of British Eventing
Baz points his toes to score just off 70% at Gatcombe in the intermediate championships. So pleased with his progress. Didn't jump him as he is heading to Millstreet for the CIC***
Aston advanced runner up
Great weekend for Baz at Aston le walls, runner up in his second advanced, one mark off the winner. Thrilled with his test, one down show jumping around a tough track and a super speedy fluent round cross country.
After his amazing dressage performance, leading a very competitive advanced section, poor Orange has banged a hind leg and was quite sore, explaining a less than Orange-like showjumping round, so no Burghley for him but he is enjoying some extra polos and tlc.
Baz will have learned a lot from his outing to Barbury for his first CIC***, even if it wasn't the result that we had hoped for. Barbury is a beautiful event with a big atmosphere. We were thrilled with his test, which although green, showed some stunning trot work with a few extra flying changes in the canter. Very pleased with a score of 54.1 as he is new to this level and it was his first experience of a big event atmosphere.
The show jumping did not go entirely to plan as Baz was a little distracted. He jumped brilliantly most of the way around, with a green rail on top of the mound. The last line proved expensive, as he was inattentive around the corner and didn't get a great spot to the first oxer. He somehow managed to get the pole tangled between his legs and was brave to try and jump the next. We decided to save him for another day rather than run him around a tough track XC.
A long drive for Basil to Great Witchingham for an intermediate run. We were thrilled with an obedient and grown up test to score 28.9, .3 off the leader. A double clear was rewarded with 2nd place and an upgrade to advanced points
Super exciting week for the team in Luhmuhlen, Germany, with Orange making his long awaited four star debut. We left home at lunchtime on Monday and finally arrived at the venue around 9.30 on Tuesday morning. The horses had a day to settle before the trot up on Wednesday and then a quiet day for Orange, who was drawn second last to go on Friday afternoon. The thunderstorms and torrential rain just about held off for Orange's test, but he didn't really enjoy the wet arena and his test was disappointing, scoring 54.7. It was far from the score that he is capable of but having walked the course it didn't look as if would be a dressage competition.
The going on the cross country was perfect and the course beautifully presented. The track was quite twisty and very technical, with lots of skinnies and angles, three water complexes and a hill and long galloping section right at the end of the course. Virtual course walk can be seen here:
Orange was amazing - straight, accurate and fast. He posted one of only 4 cross country clears inside the time, making the course look easy. Could not be more proud of him.
Although tired, he trotted up well on Sunday morning and jumped a beautiful clear round - one of only 7 and was one of only two horses to complete on his dressage score. Orange has come through the event well and will now have a well earned break before his Autumn campaign.
Amazing day at Little Downham made getting up at 1.30 bearable! Worth the drive for perfect going and well presented courses. Basil was running his his first advanced at only his 3rd event with Izzy. He produced some beautiful work in the dressage and a only few extra flying changes kept him from getting a great score but 36 was very respectable with loads to improve on. He tried his heart out in the show jumping, but ran deep to the first part of the combination for one down. Although green XC and slightly surprised by all the skinnies he jumped a fantastic fast clear for 8th place in a huge and competitive section.
Orange was having his final outing before Luhmuhlen. He was super relaxed in the dressage and a mistake free test scored 27. A beautiful steady double clear was good enough for 5th.
Lovely day and could not be more thrilled with both boys.
Lovely day in the sunshine at a very smart revamped Tweseldown. Huge improvements to the course and new fences. Basil was q little over exuberant in the dressage but produced some lovely work for a good score of 29.3. The showjumping arena has quite a lot of atmosphere and there weren't many clear rounds but Baz could have concentrated a little harder! A fast and confident clear XC was good enough for 4th place and will hopefully set him up well for Little Downham advanced next week. Big thank you to Izzy Taylor eventing