The Osborne Experience
In the most glorious sunshine we headed off with Top Biats to the Isle of Wight, to the most beautiful venue of Osborne House. Getting to the Island for us is pretty easy, as we are only 40 minutes from the ferry, so we could almost say that it was a local event for us. We had high hopes for Top here as I spent his winnings from Nunney 2* on our entry.
It started off brilliantly and Top showed his ever consistent dressage to score 26.3 and sit in 2nd place. Then came the show jumping which was right next to the house and was VERY close to all the spectators leaving no real room for error. Top thrived on this and was one of few clear rounds, meaning he took the lead ahead of the XC phase. We were run in reverse order meaning that Top was dead last to go. I thought the XC was an interesting track, not crazy difficult aside from the odd combination but very intense and it all came up very fast, with the horses only getting a few strides to see each fence due to its twisty nature.
I knew I had a few time faults in hand but as the time was near impossible I set out a lot faster than I usually would, and slightly over faced Top, who is still not overly experienced having had many breaks in his career.
Unfortunately it wasn't quite to be as Top didn’t read the first water very well, resulting in a run out at the house in the water. After jumping a few more fences and the tough combination in front of the house, I decided to call it a day and save his legs for other things!
It was gutting not to pull off a good result at Osborne but at least we got two phases right and we live and learn from the rest.
The BEDE team put on a fantastic event and it will be interesting to see if it becomes a set fixture on the calendar in the coming seasons.