Team French had the pleasure of two very early starts last week as the lorry left Maidwell for Lincoln at 4.00am on both Friday and Sunday. We were concerned beforehand that the ground might be on the firm side with Lincoln noted for its “extremely well-drained light land, giving ideal going even in very wet conditions” according to the British Eventing schedule. Thankfully our concerns were misplaced as the ground was excellent on both days with the hard work the event had put in spiking the course and warm up areas paying dividends. It makes such a difference when events go the extra mile for their competitors and their efforts are always much appreciated. As an added bonus, the weather was very pleasant on both days too. And there was a solar eclipse. What more could one want!
The big red lorry was full on Friday with Piggy riding four horses in the BE100 and Hannah and Paul both having one each. Those six horses returned two wins, two 3rds, and two 6ths: a good day all round. Piggy, fittingly, was victorious on Lord Lincoln to make it two wins from two for the season with a large Lincoln contingent there to see his winning performance. He produced another excellent dressage mark of 23.5 and added just 4 penalties to that score with a rolled poll in the show jumping. Ironically, Aubane Boy, 3rd in his BE100 section, faulted at exactly the same fence in near identical fashion for which there were various explanations offered: fence colour, shadow, towards collecting ring, etc.! Piggy’s other two rides, Jump Jet and Cayr Della Caccia, finished 3rd and 6th respectively, both jumping double clears to finish on their dressage scores.
Paul was the other BE100 winner on Friday, riding Kate Walls’ Carraigh Cooley. He added nothing to a 27.5 dressage score to head his section. Last week’s Oasby winner, Hannah, took 6th spot in the same section.
Piggy had three rides in the Open Intermediate and all three jumped lovely double clears. Seapatrick Dark Cruise finished the day in 7th after adding a few cross country time penalties to his dressage score and OBOS Cooley was one place behind in 8th in the same section after adding a few more to his. A still very pleased to be back Tinkas Time recorded a steady double clear despite his desperate enthusiasm to go much faster.
Susie had both her two horses in the OIU21, Bolero De Set Hermelle jumping an excellent double clear for 9th place and Carsonstown Athena having one fence down in the show jumping and one 20 penalties on the cross country.
Videos of Friday and OBOS Cooley on Sunday are available on Piggy’s YouTube channel now. The videos of Tinkas Time and Seapatrick Dark Cruise are uploading at the moment and will be available shortly. Watch them all in action here.