Tattersalls International Horse Trials
Tattersalls was everything I expected it to be, and it was even more fun as we had a pretty good team sharing the lorry - Yaz and I, Harry Horton and two of the Bleekman sisters all left from Redhouse on Monday evening and smashed the journey out to Tatts. Luckily the sun was shining when we arrived, and breakfast was waiting for us courtesy of my Dad, whose catering at events is definitely the best in any lorry park!
We had a good start to the week, with both Guus DHI in the CCIYH* and Dynasty in the CCI3* passing their respective trot ups and Guus’ dressage test on the Wednesday was a huge improvement on his last test at this level, scoring a 28.3, leaving him in 9th overnight.
Dynasty on the Thursday, and it was slightly disappointing making a few too many mistakes, however the score was also slightly harsh, resulting in a mark of 35. He then had a day off on Friday, whilst for Guus, it was XC day.
Guus DHI was absolutely fantastic on the XC in the CCIYH*. He had a frustrating run out early on in the course but finished brilliantly. I took my foot off the gas a little after his run out, as he didn’t need to run quickly as he wasn’t going to be competitive but I was totally thrilled by how he felt through some tough combinations, and in doing a course of that length. After lots of course walking, I was definitely looking forward to Dynasty’s 3* XC!
Dynasty took on the course at Tatts like an absolute pro and was absolutely fantastic to jump clear inside the time in the CCI3* XC to stay on in his dressage score going into the final phase. He made light work of the whole track and I couldn’t be more thrilled with him! Guus DHI flew through his trot up and jumped well on his final day in the show jumping, just rolling a pole, but he jumped great in his first 3 day. Everyone was then keeping their fingers crossed for Dynasty who sat competitively in 11th before the show jumping!
The final day at Tatts brought probably the best finish to the week we could’ve asked for - Dynasty jumped a fantastic clear in the show jumping, finishing on his dressage score in the CCI3* and climbing to8th place in a seriously competitive class! I am totally over the moon with how he performed all week, and a huge thanks must go to everyone that has got him to here - his owners, sponsors and the team at home!
I am beyond excited to say that Dynasty is now both 4* qualified and Badminton qualified thanks to his top 25% finish, meaning we have a very exciting Autumn to look forward to aiming for Burghley, which will be both mine and his first 4*.