Catton was a successful yard outing with Kings Advocate continuing his run of good form with 2nd in the Open Intermediate with a 26 dressage and double clear, and Charlotte (Bacon) finishing 2nd in the OIu21 with Billy Buzz with a fab double clear on a 31 dressage, her first run since finishing 9th at Ballindenisk CCI** in April. She also had a good run on Karen Huyton's Sannanvalley Justice finishing 11th - an unlucky rail dropping her from a possible 4th.
We originally had Wasting Light already entered in the OI but decided he didnt' need the run after going so well at Tattersalls and will head to Barbury for the CIC** next. Tissie (Reason - entries secretary) did however manage to squeeze my own Rienroe Lucky Ranger(Floyd) into an Intermediate section where he started brilliantly with the leading 25.7 dressage! However our luck swiftly ran out after that. Its a while since I have been on the floor, but I knew something wasn't right when I was looking at the first show-jump fence from the ground up - minus Floyd! I couldn't understand how this happened but after seeing later photographic evidence - it appears his hind legs slipped on take off under the fence, and with him sitting upright like a dog with poles under his legs there was nowhere for me to go but out of the saddle. To make it more frustrating I hopped back on and he did a beautiful clear round! Scoreboard didn't look great with quite a few time faults as well, but as far as his performance went, I was really pleased with him. It was his first intermediate for a while and he was a little rusty, being surprised by the first water jump, but went on to pop beautifully around the rest and we are now hoping to go to Barbury CIC** with him in two weeks time.
Kings Advocate (Hugo) will also head to Barbury along with Wasting Light (Archie) before they both make the step up to Advanced in July at Aston le Walls. Very exciting!