Firstly…the Badminton entry is confirmed and all systems are go for Kilpatrick Knight and Austin to tackle the world famous event with a distinctly old school, big and bold feel to it this year thanks to new course designer Eric Winter.
KK’s preparation is well underway with a run at Belton International. He produced a lovely dressage test, that was very relaxed for him and felt on great form. Clear in the show jumping with just 1 time fault, they were on for a good placing, however a little blip in water saw them pick up a very annoying 20 penalties, in what was a fantastic round with the pair on great form. Onto Burnham Market for the Advanced next, to finish 3rd!! A fabulous 29.8 dressage and double clear with just 1.6 time faults was just what was needed ahead of Badminton.
Lucky Contender and Colorado Blue also had good runs at Belton, with Colorado Blue finishing 4th in the very competitive CIC** and Lucky Contender 5th in the Open Intermediate. On consistent form at the moment Lucky Contender also finished 5th in the Burnham Market OI, improving scores all-round with a 29.8 dressage and just 1.2 time faults across the country.
Austin’s Burnham Market dressage form could only be described as consistent really with 29 being the lucky number – Balham Houdini – 29.3, Billy Black Cat, Kilpatrick Knight, Lucky Contender – all 29.8!
In-between the two early season Internationals, it was time for three of the 6 year olds to have some fun around the Portman and Larkhill Novice tracks.
Amy and Austin’s Gonzalo continued his good start to the season with 3rd place at Portman, finishing on his 31 dressage and an 11th at Larkhill, adding just 1.6 time to his 33 dressage.
Kate Jarvey’s sweet little 6 year old mare Twist N Shout II completed her 2nd Novice at Portman in the Open Novice section, producing a 30.5 dressage, a rolled pole show jumping and a steady clear cross country to finish outside of the placings. Larkhill saw a personal best dressage of 25.3, with 2 fences down showjumping keeping them out of the placings. Kate’s Into The Morning was also out for her 2nd Novice run at Portman and finished in 11th place with a 29.5 dressage and just adding 4 faults from the show jumping.
Hambleden and Withington are up next for Austin, a quick little trip to a certain CCI**** and then onto Aston-Le-Walls.
Amy and Solsboro Sweetpea produced another top 10 BE100 finish at Portman, coming home just 2 seconds over the time in the cross country to finish on 32.8 and 6th place. Meanwhile the gorgeous Sankro has been dazzling the dressage judges at British Dressage, producing a 77.6% in the Elementary to win and a 70% score in his first Medium test. They then headed to Burnham Market where they met the first dressage judge not to like him for a 32.5 score. They went on to produce a beautiful double clear, taking it very slowly across the country in their first event of the season.
Amy now heads to Hambleden with both horses and Withington for the Intermediate.