Cosmo did a stunning test to score 31. Initially I was quite disappointed with his mark but as more and more scores went up and the next best mark was still 37, we were getting quite excited!
We had a really frustrating pole down, not that it's any excuse but the course was on a bit of a hill and he just tapped an upright coming down the hill. Now it was game on for cross country as at that point we were still in the money. He jumped another faultless clear, this time with reason to push for time and he made it easily.
A few good scores from the pro's near the end of the class dropped us down to 5th (2nd without the pole!!) but we were really pleased with his performance and he is now getting a well earned break!
I don't know what's happened to Tiny but she is so lazy at the moment that I used spurs(?!!?) on her in the dressage - and she produced her best test by a long way. Unfortunately, 2 mistakes where she cantered in the trot were heavily penalised and she scored a slighty disappointing 36.5, but another double clear inside the time earned her her first BE placing in 9th place.
I got a bit carried away and wandered up to Vittoria Panizzon and told her my friend and I love the way she rides and could she teach us?! She happened to be coming to Boomerang the following day to school Pennyz before Badminton, so that worked out really well and I spent the day grooming for her and prepping the babies for their next outing at Badminton, which was brilliant!
I love having a variety of opinions, especially when you aspire to ride like someone, and think it's so important, as, even if you only take one tip that you stick to from every trainer, you will have such a massive variety of knowledge to apply to a huge range of horses.
Next stop, Badminton!