We are about to depart to Houghton Hall International Horse Trials but I of course can´t leave without giving you an update on our last weekend at Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials!

Rockingham is our “local event” with only a 40 minute drive from Somerby Stables and I have very much enjoyed competing there ever since we moved to Somerby.

Rockingham is the most beautiful little village and the view from the castle and showground into the wonderful countryside are just stunning.

The event unfortunately suffered a lot of heavy rainfall with resulted in heavy ground but the Organisers and all BE Volunteers worked immensely hard to keep the event on the road and nevertheless produce a fantastic show.
It was great to see which huge crowds the event attracted – a fantastic day out for the whole family with plenty of attractions, fantastic great stands and an impressive food court.

Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda and I competed in our first FEI Event together at 2* level and continue to be impressed by the sheer endless talent this horse has got to offer. Unfortunately – at the other end – this talent needs managing and while he still was a little fresh in the dressage and showjumping he produced a good performance. He showed all his class on the cross country and easily galloped around the track.

Right To Play´s Jack Sparrow

Jack produced a personal best in the dressage and he never fails to impress me – he is continuously developing and improving and is such a “trier” who always gives every performance his whole heart.

While he was jumping great he got very insecure with the ground in the showjumping warm up as well as the arena, resulting in three rails – but I believe it was an experience for him and he has learned another “tool” to add to his box.

He was fantastic around the cross country and seems to matures – I am very much looking forward to our next outings.

Algebra

Algebra came to Rockingham for a training run in the Advanced Intermediate – and produced a fantastic dressage leaving him in 6th place! He jumped a lovely showjumping round with one unlucky pole – I couldn´t have been happier with him.

While I know that he always tries his little heart out I know that he certainly is not a “mud runner” and so I decided not to run him cross country. He instead had a great cross country schooling session yesterday and is fully motivated for the CIC3* at Houghton Hall this weekend!

Cheeky Calimbo

What can I say – Veni, Vidi, Vici. Cheeky went to Rockingham for a last “Fitness Run” in the Advanced Intermediate before CIC3* Luhmühlen in June and won the class convincingly on his dressage score of 27.5.

He is a very classy horse and I am very thankful to his owner Christiane Classen to be able to have this little superstar with me. I am looking forward to our next outing at Luhmühlen!