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Julia and Marvin’s Badminton Experience Part 3

Wednesday 7th May 2014

The day dawned, wet and rainy and very windy. Julia’s husband, Neil arrived the previous night and today another couple of friends – Nina and Simon – arrived with their two young children, to complete the team of supporters.

Julia and Jane were up early and worked hard to get Marvin looking perfect – he gleamed everywhere!

Ready for the dressage

Ready for the dressage

The dressage section was at 9.50am. Julia warmed up under a very black sky and the rain started just as she was about to go in. They were scored at 34.8. There was just time then for a quick look around the tradestands and a spot of shopping before getting ready for the show jumping at 2.10pm.

Competing in the dressage

Competing in the dressage

Competing in the dressage

Competing in the dressage

The show-jumping phase is Julia’s least favourite and unfortunately the pair had two fences down giving 8 penalties. But the relief that it was over was evident as Julia came out of the ring, excited to now be able to look forward to her favourite section – the cross country.

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

Warming up in the collecting ring

Warming up in the collecting ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

In the show jumping ring

It was then time for another quick change of gear and into cross country colours and tack. By this time, the wind had really got up and several people were spotted grappling with their gazebos in the horsebox park and trying to keep them from taking off!

Unfortunately when Julia got over to the start there was a delay of 45 minutes, which seemed an age. However eventually she was into the start box and she was off, with Marvin’s ears pricked and a big smile on her face.

Clearing the first fence

Clearing the first fence

Warming up

Warming up

But sadly, it was not meant to be. At Fence 8 – the coffin complex – Marvin had two (very unusual) refusals and so, to everyone’s great disappointment, the pair were eliminated.

Said a gutted Julia: “Marvin never stops on the cross country, but at this fence he just really backed off and didn’t want to know.”

However, here at HorseHage we are thrilled and proud that Julia and Marvin got this far and managed to experience this prestigious event. The team arrived home around midnight on Wednesday and will now both be enjoying a few days rest and recuperation.

Said Julia: “This is the pinnacle of Marvin’s eventing career. I am delighted that we got this far and competing here has been a wonderful experience. There are a couple more events I would like to do with him this season but then I think we will wind down a little as he has given me everything and he is my horse of a lifetime.”

Team Paterson!

Team Paterson!