Groomers Team Riders – Abbie’s Addington Diary
Addington Manor EC, Buckingham: – 3rd – 6th July 2012
We went straight from Southview to Addington Manor, and had another lorry load of horses meet us there from home! I ended up with four to compete there – Obligado, Benavita, Cornetta and Valentino. On Tuesday, the first day, I had Benavita in the newcomers second round, which I think was pretty big and technical for young horses. Even so, she only had the second fence down and jumped amazingly! In the end, they only had six double clears to go through to the third round out of 140 horses! Valentino and Cornetta jumped the 1.40m two-phase, where both jumped very well. Valentino had an unlucky fence in the second half of the course, but Cornetta jumped a double clear finishing tenth. Obligado just had a fence in the 1.25m as he was a little fresh from not being worked much while I had been at Southview!
On the second day Benavita had a very nice double clear in the Foxhunter finishing in tenth. Her last class for this show! Obligado jumped the B&C with a very unlucky fence in the second phase. Valentino was one of only six clears in the PCA Grand Prix finishing third, just a tiny bit slower than the second place!
The third day I only competed Cornetta and Obligado. Obligado was extremely unlucky in the Foxhunter second round, which was also big and technical, (like all of Phil Ashworth’s courses), and proved a challenge for most! We just had the last part of the combination down which was the last fence in the first round… but even so, very pleased with him!
Cornetta jumped the trial, which again was very big and very technical! We were one of only eight clears in the first round, but in the second round I was fifth to go and opted for a sensible clear round as there were no clears at that point and I knew I couldn’t beat the times if I had four faults! Unfortunately, I was a little forward going into the double, (the second to last fence), and just tapped it off behind, finally finishing in seventh. Phil said the fences in the jump off were 1.60m so she jumped very well, so I could not have been more pleased with her. Not bad for our fourth time in the ring together!
We decided to go home on Friday evening, only jumping Obligado during the day in the B&C, which he won! We were the only double clear out of about 40 starters, so I couldn’t have asked for a better finish to the show! Unfortunately the rain didn’t hold off much, but at least we were on surface, and the indoor stables there are very nice!