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Spencer’s Latest Blog – September 2015

Spencer at Hickstead

In my last blog I gave you the news that I had been selected to go on a Nations Cup in St Gallen, Switzerland. Unfortunately Disney (Wonder Why) had other ideas and he managed to get his leg caught in his rug strap. Although it did not do any lasting damage and he is fine now, it took us out of the game for 6 or 7 weeks…

Bourg en Bresse
I still went to Bourg en Bresse with Chacco (Chaccomo Agostini), Connor (Con Artist) and Chip (Ballando II); because Disney was out of action Connor had to step up to the 1.50m classes. I was so pleased with how he went, in his first ever 1.50m class he just one fence down but still qualified for the Grand Prix. Chacco also had a good show and was placed on the second day in the 1.45m. I wasn’t sure how he would get on as the class was in the evening and jumped under flood lights, which he has never done before, but he coped brilliantly. Chip was unlucky in lowering a few rails, but he hadn’t been to a show in a while and was drafted in at the last minute due to Disney’s injury.

Bolesworth International
From there we went to Bolesworth International, which was Disney’s first show back. His leg was better and he was feeling fresh and ready to go. He jumped well all week and in Sunday’s Grand Prix just had a pole down coming out of the double. I also took Chacco to Bolesworth – he went clear in the 1.40m the first day and finished the show with another clear in the accumulator. So all in all, a good show for us.

Hickstead Derby Meeting
The following week was the Hickstead Derby Meeting. I put Disney in the Derby Trial and wasn’t sure how he would get on with all the natural fences and him being a little spooky. He took it all in his stride, jumping the double of ditches, the Devil’s Dyke and the small side of the Derby Bank with ease and placing 4th. You never know he might make a good Derby Horse one day!
I mentioned in my last blog that I had entered Connor into the Speed Derby, which he qualified for on the first day. It was the first time either of us had done the Speed Derby at Hickstead, and he was a little unsure of the bank having never seen anything like it. We got down it in the end and finished the course, so hopefully having now done the course, he will be a lot better next year.
In between the big shows I have also been taking my young horses out to shows and my two four-year-olds, Gusto and Gambler B, are looking very promising with them both jumping consistent clear rounds at Discovery level. They were actually placed 1st and 2nd in the Discovery at Weston Lawns recently.

Until next time.