What an amazing weekend at the beautiful Chatsworth International Horse Trials in Derbyshire, in glorious sunshine. Orange remained settled in his dressage test to score 42, leaving him in 7th position overnight. The big atmosphere show jumping caused him no problems, and he jumped a flawless clear round amid cheers from the Team Orange fan club. The cross country course was big and testing but Orange rose to the challenge to jump his 10th consecutive double clear. Of the 60 starters in the section, there were only 21 XC clears, and 4 double clears and we were thrilled when Orange finished in 8th place. On to Tattersalls!


Busy week for Team Orange, with Scooter, Basil and Orange going to Aston le Walls on Thursday before Chatsworth at the weekend. Scooter was as amazing as ever, with a good dressage of 35. Apart from a slightly bouncy test first time out at Isleham, Scooter has been super consistent in his tests this season. He does not find this phase easy but has given his best each time. Yet another double clear followed and Scooter will now have a well deserved holiday until we get back from Tattersalls.

Basil scored a 32 for his dressage and had an annoying rail down show jumping. He jumped a great clear XC and so hopefully is well prepared for Tattersalls  CCI*. Orange went to Aston for a dressage practice prior to Chatsworth. Hopefully this will pay off at the weekend!

A great weekend for Team Orange at Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials - one of our favourite events. Scooter was on top form for a 35.5 dressage and a double clear, which left him one mark out of the placings but with another 2 points to his name. 

Orange just made it to Rockingham after getting stung by a bee out hacking the day before. He was excited to be out but contained himself in the dressage to score a 28, jumped an exemplary round in the Showjumping and a fast clear XC, leaving him in 3rd place.

We had originally planned to run Orange in the CIC*** at Burnham Market but a bruised foot left us with Saint and Basil! Saint had a fantastic first outing of 2014, coming 6th in the BE100 while Basil finished just out of the placings after a steady XC round.


Mixed fortunes for Team Orange at Weston Park. Basil and Zippi, having his first outing of 2014, were both running in the novice class. Basil produced his best test so far to score a 30. Zippi had forgotten what white boards look like and did not give the test his full concentration! The ground in the Showjumping arena was quite boggy and  clearly both horses need more practice in these conditions. Basil redeemed himself with a good clear XC around a testing track.

Scooter travelled to Weston on Sunday for the intermediate and had a great day. He was on top form on the dressage to score a 33, produced one of very few clear rounds in the Showjumping, and jumped a fantastic clear XC. Good boy Scooter!


Orange and Scooter both went to Belton for the intermediate. Scooter did a beautiful test and jumped a lovely round in the show jumping, just knocking the last part of the treble. Much to his disgust we did not run him XC! Orange also did a good test, and a great double clear . 


Great first outing of 2014 for Orange at Gatcombe Park. We experienced every extreme of weather, from sunshine to hailstorms. A brilliant test was marred a little by a few freestyle movements but was followed up by a lovely double clear.

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