Despite a trying time at home of late, it has been a rather successful few weeks for M.S. Team Eventing. Riding high after Badminton it was on to Chatsworth and a great 3rd place finish for Roheryn Ruby in the CIC*.
All change and on to Rockingham...where we wanted a little rain to soften the ground and what we got was a monsoon! The ground was quite holding following the deluge of rain (we can't really complain as we desperately needed it) so Shannondale Vintage was quite exhausted when he finished but certainly cheered everyone up and put a smile on faces with a glorious double clear in the Intermediate, just adding 14 times faults to their 31.3 dressage to finish 4th in a very competitive section.
Violetta B came along to Rockingham as well for their first grown up party, for the Burghley Young Event Horse class - jumping very well and behaving superbly. However, the judges didn't really appreciate the need for speed, so hopefully we'll see a slightly more sedate performance at Houghton.
On to another stately home, this time the stunning ground of Houghton Hall in Norfolk where a 3 day event actually takes 5 days, with Ruby and Petal (I've Dun Talking) both in the CCI*. We're hoping for another good finish from Ruby and expect a nice accurate test from Petal.
Ben is also coming along with Cosgrove in the CIC* and looking for a double clear and MER score.
Ivar Gooden seems to have adopted a bit of a fan club following his Badminton triumph and we are very pleased to say that he is feeling VERY well! He is certainly ready and raring to go after his holiday and really wants to be back in work. We'll find a nice Open Intermediate for him to have a fun run in and then all being well another 3*. The most amazing plan would be Aachen 3* and then Burghley 4*...lots of luck and bubble wrap needed.