Well since the Badminton Horse Trials were cancelled in May, things haven’t been as exciting as they should have been this month!
We have done a couple of national events with the younger horses. Unfortunately lots of events have been washed out, and it has been hard to get a start anywhere. The weather has made it tough for everybody but we’re all in the same boat.
Our first event we were able to go to was the Little Downham International where we took some younger horses out – all of whom performed very well with Navigator II winning the intermediate. The other horses all did great competitive dressage tests and showjumped well, but we opted to just cruise around the cross country in preparation for their targeted events.
We then headed to the Houghton International Three Day Event where Navigator again stepped up to finish 5th out of 105 starters in the CCI*.
But things are now about to get busy again. We have Clifton Lush entered at the Bramham International Horse Trials early this month where he will be amongst a very competitive CIC*** class. This will be his main preparation event for the Olympics so we will really be having a good crack at it. Clifton Promise is back in full work after his trip to the Rolex Kentucky, and has had a couple of gallops. You would never guess he has just travelled half way round the world and completed a really tough four star event! He thinks he’s in the Melbourne Cup! Our third string horse for the Olympics is Bulletproof, and he’s entered in the Aachen International Festival in Germany. It’s a huge event and great experience because it has a real championship feel about it. It’s perfect timing for riders to sharpen, as it’s only a couple of weeks before the Olympics. Clifton Promise and Clifton Lush will follow the same program after Bramham, leading up to the Olympics.
Hopefully by the time we get to the final selection date (in late June/early July) we have the ‘problem’ of having all three horses for the selectors to choose which one they want for the team!