What a weekend! It has been a big trip - but well worth it! Strzegom Horse Trials near Wroclaw in Poland has over the years established itself as one of the top Eventing competitions on the European continent. Offering classes in long and short format from one to three star truely makes it an event of superlatives!
Right To Play´s Jack Sparrow competed once more at CCI1* level and delivered a very convincing performance before his next step up to CIC2* level at the end of July. His dressage test was a personal best - even though I was disappointed with his marks I am very happy with his constant development and improvement!
He showed all his class on the cross country - jumping a super clear round inside the time, a horse that always puts a smile on my face! Jack had one unlucky rail in the showjumping - but nevertheless a great performance, finishing the weekend in 14th place.
The Blue Frontier started the CCI2* weekend on a stunning dressage test in 3rd place and kept his position through a lovely clear cross country round. Before our final showjumping round on sunday he got unsettled by a "crash" of the previous competitor which led to us having two disappointing poles - but nevertheless a great finish in 5th place. I so much enjoy riding this wonderful horse and do believe in his outstanding talent! I can´t wait for our "next step up"!
Cheeky Calimbo competed as part of the Australian Team in the FEI Nations Cup and started the weekend on one of his maginficent dressage test, finishing the first phase in 2nd place. The 3* cross country track was big and very technical - but Cheeky truly "attacked" it and enjoyed flying around the course! So did Chris Burton and Kevin McNab - which left us by Saturday evening as one of only two teams still having all riders left in the competition!
Cheeky felt very fresh throughout the whole competition and jumped a super convincing round on Sunday in the showjumping - but roled the pole off the last fence. Nevertheless a great performance, finishing 4th Individually and 2nd in the Nations Cup!
A big thank you to Guillaume Beguin for providing the fantastic pictures!