Lion King IV (Leo), Cosmic Clover (Cosmo) and Pauldary's Bobby's Girl (Tiny) were all contesting their first BE100 and put up pretty good performances, particularly considering Tiny and Leo are only 5 and all were only doing their second event.
Cosmo produced a nice test for 32, but there is still a lot of improvment to come from him, and he showjumped beautifully, looking really classy. He had a clear XC but time faults kept him out of placings, as it was his first BE100 and there was no point rushing him out of a rhythm.
Leo produced a much improved test other than a steering blip at the beginning, to score 33.2. He jumped a lovely double clear with a handful of time faults, feeling really comfortable all day.
Tiny was pretty good for a horse who finds dressage pointless and boring, scoring 37, which I was pretty pleased with! She has SO much potential, but simply isn't interested, and adds her own show jumps in whenever she gets bored, but her good marks are very good and I'm sure she'll get it soon! She improves every time out.
She felt a little sticky SJ but jumped a lovely clear, giving her fences loads of room, but she never really flowed XC and towards the end she struggled to make a distance to a skinny and ran out. She did jump it, but I felt she had struggled with the step up, which was disappointing, particularly considering how easily she had cruised round the unaffiliated at Aston in March. However, she was very sore when she got back to the lorry and we found a very small and subtle but pretty deep overreach which we couldn't even touch, so hopefully that was the problem. Now sound having been patched up and cooled in the river, she is heading back to Aston again for the BE90 on Thursday. She felt fab XC schooling yesterday, so fingers crossed.