Flying the British Flag at Vidauban
We’ve certainly been very busy these past few weeks, and it’s been incredibly exciting!
We set off for Vidauban CDI with Del (Headmore Delegate) and Socs (Tantoni Sir Soccrates) bright and early one morning for what was a reasonably epic trip! The first days travelling took us as far as Dijon where we stabled overnight before carrying on to Vidauban the next morning. We were doing well until we were about one hour from Vidauban when we had a blow out! This meant we were sat on the side of the motorway for about three hours! Thankfully the horses were very well behaved and we made it safely to the show ground, although Del and I did have to do a bit of night riding!
We had a couple of days to settle in before we started competing. Socs and I were the first of the Brits to compete in the 7-9 year old PSG. He was fab, scoring over 70% to take the lead. We had a reasonable wait to see if we could stay there, and when we found out we’d won it was amazing. Mum got quite emotional, especially when we had the anthem played for us in the prize giving, it was a very special day!
The following day was Del’s turn in the Grand Prix. I was just hoping for a safe clear round, which was exactly what we achieved! I was absolutely over the moon when my score came up as +70% to finish 2nd. We were really on a high!
The following day was back to Socs for the 7-9 year old Inter I. It was his first attempt at that level so it was all a bit new to him, but he was more relaxed than in the PSG so had some incredible moments. We came out with over 71% for another victory, we really couldn’t believe the show we were having!
The final day of the first week held Del’s Grand Prix special. He and I hadn’t done this test many times before so I was just hoping to go the right way! He gave me the most incredible feeling and produced some amazing work. Unfortunately we had a couple of costly mistakes but still scored over 69% to finish 4th. What a first week for us, and we celebrated that evening with the other Brits who were out there!
The second week competing started with Del’s Grand Prix. I was hoping for a repeat performance from the first week but unfortunately we had a few mistakes which pulled our score down to 66%, which was dissapointing. Socs made up for it in the afternoon with a cracking PSG test to score nearly 73% and pull off another victory, he was seriously on a roll!
We couldn’t quite believe it when our final day competing came around. We had had such an amazing time and it had gone so quickly! Socs started off in the Inter I. Despite him feeling exhausted from his previous efforts, he still produced a test good enough for over 70% to make it four out of four. He was also the only horse over the course of the two weeks to achieve 70% scores in that class, what a superstar! We finished with Del’s Grand Prix special and I was hoping to iron out the mistakes from the previous day. I was thrilled with the test and, although there were still a few little things, we ended up on just under 69% for another 4th place. Overall we had an outstanding two weeks (which meant the journey home seemed much shorter) and there was much celebrating when we got home!
It was then straight back to reality as we had to start preparing for our winter championships, so we took Tank (Headmore Wimoweh) and Wilbur (Headmore Wrubinstar) to Merrist wood for a practice outing. I was thrilled with how both horses went, Tank scoring 71 and 72 and Wilbur scoring 72 and 73. Both horses are well on track for the championships so fingers crossed we go well at Hartpury!
Photo courtsey of Rui Pedro Godinho