I've just got back from Hartpury and what a lovely week we had. Sorina ran in the CCI** and Katherine Kirkland came to help along with Hazel and Matt on and off all week. The mare tried her socks off in the dressage, gaining 58.4 which we were thrilled with as she finds this phase very difficult. The Cross Country was a long way round for her, with some big fences to jump towards the end, but I never doubted her ability or willingness to jump any of them. She ran out of steam a little towards the end of the track, but kept plugging away, jumping a super clear round with a dozen time faults. Not bad for her first go at this level. The next day, she had three three rails showjumping, disappointing, showed how tired she was post cross country, as she is normally so careful. So on paper the result is not amazing, but I cannot tell you how thrilled and proud of her I am. She tried her socks off all week and we had a great time with great barbeques and meeting some lovely new friends. It was so thrilling for our friend Helen West to win the CCI* and that Piggy proved those doubters wrong in the CIC*** good luck to her in Kentucky!
Simon Grieve - rider, groom and general dogsbody!