The Horse Scotland training day on 8th September could not have come at a better time for the run up to Burnham Market CCI4* L. I took both Sunny and Kaiser to the session, and all 3 of us really benefitted from it. As everyone knows, it really has been a stop start season and it is not easy to go from a standing start to a CCI4* L. That is why the training days are so invaluable.
There were 94 of us in the 4* L at Burnham Market, and the list of competitors looked like something you might see at an Olympics. There were 3 Scots entered: Wills Oakden, Jennifer Stead and me.
I thought that both my horses did a respectable dressage but the competition was tough. All you can do in that situation is to take each phase as it comes, and not look too hard in the rear view mirror. So onto the Cross Country, and both my boys went clear. Sunny had 1.5 time faults and Kaiser was well inside the time.
The vets were amazed when they took Kaiser's, heart rate when he finished the cross country. His heart rate was 60bpm and they said they had never seen such a fit horse. There are advantages of living on the side of a hill in Scotland!
So onto the show jumping the next day, and again both horses went clear round a tricky, twisty track. Both horses came inside the top 25, and Sunny got his final 5* qualification.
So where next? I have entered both horses for Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5* L and I am waiting to hear if they have had their entries accepted….watch this space. Thank you again to Horse Scotland for your invaluable support, training and advice.