Orange - British Open Championships
Nancy - Gatcombe Advanced
Scooter - British Intermediate Champs

 An exciting few weeks here at Team Orange HQ. We had 3 horses entered for the British Festival Of Eventing at Gatcombe Park - Nancy in the Advanced, Scooter in the intermediate championships and Orange in the British Open Championships. 

Nancy did an ever improving dressage test and an amazing clear show jumping around a track that produced few clean rounds. She was unfortunate to pick up a technical 20 penalties XC, but she went in the worst monsoon weather conditions and Owen had to turn a circle between a table and a skinny. Over all we could not be more delighted and are very excited about her performance.

Scooter did his very best in the dressage, a phase that does not come easily to him, and did not disgrace himself in a high class field. He loved his round SJ in the main arena, jumping a beautiful clear. We didn't run him XC as we felt the ground and difficult terrain wouldn't suit him but Scooter enjoyed his day in the limelight!

Orange also had to contend with monsoon weather conditions when the heavens opened just before his dressage test, but he is developing into a grown up event horse and maintained his composure to score 46 in one of the most competitive 3 star fields I have seen. He also jumped a foot perfect show jumping round to leave him in 6th place but he also did not run XC as we are saving him for Blair and Pau.

A very busy 2 days at Aston le Walls followed later in the week with Nancy, Orange and Scooter in the OI, Zippi and Basil in the novice and Saint in the BE100. Orange was 4th with a good double clear, Scooter was also double clear and Nancy had some dressage and SJ practice but did not go XC after her Gatcombe run.

Zippi and Basil were impressive around a tough SJ track and finished 4th and 5th in their sections. Zippi is heading towards intermediate points and we are thinking about where to give him his first run at that level. Saint also had a good run in the BE100. Very pleased with all the horses' progress and they will have an easy few weeks until we return from

Blair Castle, where Orange will be competing in the CIC***.


 Fun outing at Broadway unaffilated ODE for Saint and veteran super star Jackles. Saint was a delight and behaved perfectly all day giving Brioney a lovely ride for a confident double clear. 

The Golden Oldie led the dressage on a score of 27 and jumped a good double clear and would have won had he been allowed to go XC at the speed he wanted to. At 23 years old Jack has nothing to prove and he was disgusted to have to settle for 3rd place but we know he is a WINNER!


 Busy few days for Team Orange at one of our favourite venues, Aston le Walls where we are guaranteed great courses and good going. 

Basil and Zippi were contesting the novice sections. Basil is growing stronger and more established on the flat and his tests are reflecting this. He jumped a good round show jumping but two rails down left him down the order and we decided not to run XC. Zippi led the dressage with an amazing score of 26, show jumped clear and went clear inside the the time XC to win by 5 marks! A fantastic result.

The two advanced boys had a long wait on the lorry before dressage and limited working in left Orange a bit too fresh to show off his best work. Scooter was his usual amenable self, but a long wait and hot weather didn't help his test. Orange jumped a beautiful clear SJ, and Scooter made one mistake at a small upright in an otherwise lovely round. We didn't run either Xc, Orange having run at Barbury.

Nancy was having her first Team Orange outing and was very excited to be out! Her dressage was a little enthusiastic, but she went on to jump an awesome double clear and we were thrilled with her performance. The team head to Gatcombe next for the Festival of Eventing


 Upton House was an educational, if not prize winning outing for Zippi and Saint. Saint did a lovely test, but was a bit spooky in the show jumping and had a couple of rails down, which kept him out of the prizes, although he did jump a beautiful cross country round. Zippi was doing a great test when he suddenly put his tongue over the bit, which cost him a lot of marks. Confidence seemed restored in the show jumping, with one rail down and a great clear cross country. 


 A few weeks rest for Team Orange after Tattersalls, then off to Purston Manor for a confidence boosting BE100 run with Zippi Jazzman. Zippi had not enjoyed the ground at Weston Park so a quick spin around Purston with a 30 dressage and double clear was just what he needed, as well as picking up a cheque for 4th place.

Barbary Castle novice was a testing next outing for Basil, and we were delighted with him, even if his day didn't go entirely to plan. He did a solid test to score 33, then slipped in the Showjumping, and was lucky not to fall but had two rails down. He made easy work of the tough XC, but pulled off a shoe 3 from home. Not really Basil's day, but very excited about his progress.

Orange showed how much he has grown up since last season, now completely comfortable in the big arena atmosphere. He had slightly too long in the warm up and was a little bit flat in his test but couldn't be more pleased with how rideable and obedient he was. The original plan was not to run cross country, but rain on Friday improved the going and after a beautiful Showjumping round we thought he should run. A fantastic round with a few time penalties left him in 25th place of 108 starters in a very strong field, taking home a cheque for £250.


Fantastic week at Tattersalls a International Horse Trials, and what a fabulous event it is. Great course, great facilities, lovely people and lots of atmosphere. Basil was competing in his first international competition - the CCI*, and he rose to the occasion and behaved beautifully all week. He produced the best test he can for his stage of training to score 52 and jumped a beautiful clear round XC. He trotted up on top form the next morning and jumped a clear round show jumping. We couldn't be more thrilled with him.

Orange produced his best test to date, staying rideable and forward to score 45, putting him in 5th place. The big, bold XC course caused him no problems and he handled all the tricky combinations brilliantly. We were gutted that he had his first rail down in a year at the first fence in the Showjumping but he can't be perfect all the time! He now has his 4 star qualification so roll on Pau! Both boys are having a well earned mini break in the field.

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