As Full Monty had already qualified for tomorrows 1.45m CSI 2* Grand Prix he was rested and so Skye rode Aresse M in a 1.40 m CSI2* qualifying class today. Only 8 clear rounds in total, over a technical course and an unlucky 4 faults at the second last fence halted their progress. Nick Skelton and Aristo did get through to the 8 horse jump off and finished 8th!.
This competition took place in the afternoon and so we spent the morning visiting the Chateau Park which is regarded as a unique testament of Western landscape gardening. The sheer size of the 'water garden' with its Grand Canal waterfall, fountains and parterres was staggering. We walked for miles (literally) around the ornamental lakes and still did not cover the whole area!
From afar, the Chateau appears to be dwarfed by the Grand Stables and it is only when you walk to the main entrance that you realise that it is huge - similar to Blenheim, Burghley or Badminton and the gardens are 10 times bigger! The sheer scale of the whole site is deceiving and Nick and I were blown away by its beauty.
Its last resident, the Duke of Aumale was a son of King Louise-Phillippe and he created the Conde museum to house the chateau's magnificent collection of paintings, furnishings, books, manuscripts and art treasures. Sadly we did not have time to go inside the Chateau but hopefully we will be back at this show next year and can do so then.
Meanwhile back at the show we were in for a treat. The LGCT Grand Prix of Chantilly lived up to its star studied cast. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson from Sweden fully deserved his win having been runner up in the same class at Monaco and Antwerp. Four of the worlds best reached the third round and all four were clear again. Second spot went to fellow Swede, Henrik von Eckermann, third to Canada's Eric Lamaze and fourth was Ludger Beerbaun of Germany who had an unlucky slip which must have cost him time in this frenetic jump off.
Skye's boss, was one of the 15, first round clears but four faults in the second round still gave her a top 15 placing but not a podium finish!