I was riding PARKFIELD FOLIES BERGERE in the 4yo championships and MONBEG ALCATRAZ in he 6yo championships.
We kicked off with Folies and it was lovely to have her owner Sharon Bishop very kindly bring her up for me. Osberton was by far the most atmospheric arena Folies had ever seen but she coped so well and scored a very respectable 33. There were a few understandably green mistakes so I’m sure she will have some very smart tests in her for the future. She show-jumped very well but sadly picked up 8 faults really just through greenness – the first fence she was looking at some of the advertising boards and then jumped round the rest of the track beautifully until the very last fence where she felt a little fatigued after all her effort. A shame from a competitive perspective but she always gives me such a wonderful feel. She was pure class cross-country, not looking at a thing and cruising round easily – all that blood certainly feels amazing when she gets. going. She finished in 11th place – the first of many good results for this exciting young horse.
MONBEG ALCATRAZ was also stepping up a level and found his first stay-away competing very exciting! He coped beautifully in the dressage apart from one or two explosive transitions and scored a respectable 34. He is still learning about the dressage and having only competed in 3 Novices prior to Osberton it was a definite learning curve for him. He jumped absolutely brilliantly in the show-jumping not going near a rail but I completely missed at the penultimate fence resulting in 4 faults totally down to rider error. After endless rain the ground had become very deep before the cross-country and we decided to save him for another day and not risk him in the heavy ground. There will be plenty more opportunities for him to show his talent.
Both horses will now enjoy a well earned holiday in the field before winter training begins!