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Monday, September 22, 2014

More good news in the 1.50m  Grand Prix Stallions - FEI Zangersheide Sires of the World Final.

The course was very difficult with only 11 of the 49 starters clear in the first round and Skye and Monty were 1 of those!

They had a very good draw for the 2nd round being one of the last to go and this time it was 2013 Hickstead Derby winning rider Philip Miller (Caritiar Z) who stepped in to help Skye warm up. His horses were stabled next door to Monty - all the Brits are together -  and as Dave (see previous blog) had gone home, Phillip offered his services. Having someone with such experience 'on the ground' cannot be underestimated. 

Skye's boss was not at the show, and the way riders step in to help each other is such a lovely and often unseen side of show jumping. 

Moving on Monty, barely breathed on fence 2 in the jump off and it came down - Skye quickly slowed up and protected their 4 faults to finish 8th. A 'globe'  trophy for a podium finish would have been wonderful but a plaque for 8th and other goodies is pretty amazing. 

We had a great time in Scotland and Nick, Jack and I drove home yesterday in 7 hours which was pretty good going. We were listening to Five Live commentary of Lewis Hamilton winning the Singapore Grand Prix and Clare was there, sending me texts and photos - so the journey seemed to fly by! Clare had also been to a Robbie Williams concert prior to the Grand Prix - it was all happening in Singapore this week end. It is hard to keep up with my girls!

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