Well we made it to Badminton and Ivar Gooden was ACCEPTED for the trot up - the big first hurdle done!
People ask about what it is like being at Badminton and how is it different from other events. The number of people waiting for the trot up, was like Oh My God! Walking out under that archway was incredible. We didn't really want to get overly obsessed by the atmosphere as a way of keeping calm.
Dressage came next - a really pleasing if not a little green test. For his first 4* test we were really pleased with how calm he was and how rideable he was.
We unfortunately lost a stud on the way in, which meant we had a few slips but we're still really pleased with him.
Now the dressage is done everyone just asks about thoughts ahead to the cross country - it is big and bold! As this is our first Badminton we can't really compare to previous years, as yes we've been to watch, but it is very different walking it and watching, to walking it and riding. It may be his first 4* but we've been a partnership for such a long time, we know each other inside out.
We're keen to see how the new water at the top of the hill will ride and jumping into the lake is something to look forward to, but we're just really looking forward to jumping the final fence!
Dean is a bit obsessed with stats so was obsessing over the waitlist and number crunching. At least being on the waitlist meant that a certain amount of stress and pressure in the run up was lifted!