Good last event of the season for Team Orange at Oasby. Basil was 2nd after dressage, a rail SJ and a great clear Xc. We are thrilled with his progress this season and he is now having a well deserved holiday. Nancy had a tough act to follow in the dressage, following Landvision into the arena. He scored a 19!! Nancy finished her season with a good double clear and hopefully will be able to contest some 3 stars next season.

Basil - Little Downham Int
Zippi - little Downham Int
Orange - Little Downham Adv

 Last week saw another run for Saint at BCA. A solid performance in all 3 phases left him just out of the prizes but he gained more valuable experience.

Monday was a long, busy and wet day at Little Downham with Basil and Zippi competing in their first intermediate and Orange and Nancy in the advanced. 

Thrilled with Zippi's test which scored a respectable 35.5. Zippi does not enjoy the wet and mud so the show jumping was always going to be a challenge, especially after he stood on his shoe mid round and impaled his foot with it! A fast confident XC round, managing to remove the newly replaced shoe, left him in 9th place. 

Basil did some fantastic work in his test but decided to throw in a few free style moves in the canter! He went on to jump a brilliant double clear finishing just behind Zippi in 10th.

Orange was on great form to be half a mark off the lead after dressage and a double clear picked him up 6th place - a great pre Pau run.

Nancy warmed up beautifully for her dressage but was tense in the arena, disappointing as she has been working so well at home. She had one down SJ and was rather over enthusiastic XC leading to a steering issue at a skinny.

The team heads to Calmsden on Saturday with Saint, then Oasby for a final intermediate run.

Orange - Gatcombe OI
Nancy - Gatcombe OI
Basil - Purston Manor

 Super busy week for the team! Wednesday saw Saint at Purston Manor horse trials, one of our local events. He produced a good test and a faultless XC round, but a rail in the show jumping kept him out of the placings. Back on Thursday with Basil and Zippi in the novice class. Basil did a great test and double clear to finish 9th and we think that Zippi was 3rd in the Retrained Racehorse class.

On to Gatcombe on Friday, with Orange and Nancy in the Open Intermediate. Delighted with Nancy, who was much more settled in her test to score a 34, and a good double clear. We are getting to know her a bit better now. She is a mare with an amazing work ethic who loves her job. 

Orange was having his first outing since being off colour at Blair Castle, and was certainly delighted to be out. Despite not being in a dressage diva frame of mind, Owen was able to ride a great test to score 28, which hopefully shows progress in our training. He also jumped a great double clear to pick up 6th place.


 Great day at Goring Heath for Team Orange. Zippi jumped a great double clear around a tough track to be narrowly beaten into 2nd place. This means he has upgraded to intermediate. Basil did not win any prizes but we were thrilled with his performance and excited about his step up to intermediate. Also flying the flag for ex racehorses, Saint produced a 70% test and a great double clear to finish 5th in a super competitive section.

Our next outings are Purston Manor with Saint, Basil and Zippi and Gatcombe Park with Orange and Nancy.


 Disappointing weekend at the beautiful Blair Castle Horse Trials - a 10 hour drive from sunny Gloucestershire. Orange traveled well but was lacklustre and missing his sparkle in the dressage, scoring 51. He was equally quiet SJ, and after 2 rails down we did not run him XC and decided to save him for another day. We will get him checked out by our vet, Tom Campbell, just to be sure.

Zippi - Aston Novice
Basil - Aston Novice
Saint - Aston BE100

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