We set off for Horse of the Year Show with all the preparation gone exactly as planned and we were ready to compete in that famous arena. Cancun jumped fantastic in both the 1st round and the jump off to WIN the HOYS Silver League Championship. I honestly couldn’t believe it, it was a dream to qualify and an even bigger dream to win. I knew he had a good chance of being successful as he won the qualifier at Bishop Burton and has competed against a lot of the same competitors during the summer where he has been very successful, but I just needed everything to come together on the day which it did, and it is a day I will never forget.
I was lucky enough to spend the full week at HOYS and enjoyed some fantastic Showjumping from some of the best riders in the world. I love watching the top riders compete as you can learn so much from them.
I took Glow and Cancun to SNEC for a pop round and they both jumped great with Glow winning the 1.10m and Cancun 2nd in the 1.30m.
I got some great news from British Showjumping that Cancun has won the Scottish Summer Silver League with Glow finishing in 3rd place, this just shows how consistent my horses have been all summer achieving all our goals.
Cancun won the 1.30m at Ingliston getting his second double clear to qualify him for the 1.30m Final at National Championships next year. Glow was unlucky to have 4 faults in the 1.10m at Ingliston and he also had the fastest time at Muirmill on the Sunday but a fence down in the jump off, so he finished in 6th place. Cancun won on the Sunday as well getting his first double clear for amateur finals next year.
On Saturday Cancun was 1st and Glow was 2nd in the 1.10m at Morris out of 40 odds. We went to Blueridge on Sunday and had another great day with Glow winning the 1.10m Amateur Qualifier, Cancun winning the Amateur 2nd Round qualifying him for the National Finals in a couple of weeks and Cancun also won the Silver League Grand Prix.
I have given my 4-year-old horse, Joey, some time off to grow into his huge long legs and fill out. He is really looking brilliant at the moment so nearly time to get him back in work again to prepare him for next year. My mare, Cleo, has also had some time off resting but she will be coming back into work again soon ready for the RHS qualifiers next year.
We have had another successful month with the horses. Coming up in November we have the Scottish Branch Trophy Show and the National Amateur Finals at Aintree. I also have HorseScotland training at the beginning of the month which I am really looking forward too.