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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Catapult and Skye

Penelope and Flora had a fall at the water jump when lying in 7th place of the individual show jumping competition. at the WEG.

This brilliant 9 year old mare and her rider are both OK and perhaps it is a blessing in disguise that at this early stage in her career Flora, did not get into the final four that jumped last Sunday. The horses are swapped around and ridden by their own rider and also the other three riders. An ordeal for any top class horse, let alone a 9 year old.  The results have been well documented with individual silver also going to France to add to their team silver.

Yes, my loyalties have suddenly crossed the Channel but hardly surprising considering our huge pride in the part that Skye has played as a member of her boss's team. She was able to ride the horses at the yard very early in the morning in order to get to the WEG to watch the show jumping.

There was lots to do at the yard whilst her boss  was with the French Team. The two horses - that her boss is due to jump at the CSIO5* Masters Event at Spruce Meadows Calagary in Canada this week were being prepared and they flew out at the week end. Please click on this link for live viewing of this amazing show.

Skye was also preparing the five year old stallion Catapult and as soon as she had watched the Individual final at the WEG she set off with him to The Young Horse National Finals of France in Fontainebleau They were clear yesterday and again today and have now got into the final 40 to jump on Thursday. Catapult and Skye have already won the regional qualifier and the final judging takes all this into account as it is not based on jumping alone. Skye also has a six year old mare to compete at this show and her class starts later on today.

Then next week Skye is off to Belgium to compete Full Monty at the World Breeding Championship Show at Zangersheide, Lanaken which starts on the 18th September. He is in the Stallion class for Belgium bred horses and the jumps are huge! 

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