Well what an exciting few weeks it has been!!!!
We are currently recovering from the excitement from Ballingowan Diamond (Monte) coming 4th in a very competitive CIC*** at Chatsworth Horse Trials!!! He was brilliant from the outset doing a 45.3 dressage leaving us in 8th after 2 days of dressage with my mentor and hero William Fox Pitt in the lead on Chilli Morning.
There was quite a lot to look at in the main arena and lots of atmosphere but Monte jumped a brilliant round SJ with a very unlucky 1 rail down which he didn’t deserve as he tried so hard. He gave me the most incredible ride XC making it feel easy, going all of the straight routes and finishing full of running around a testing Ian Stark designed track. The perfect last run before we head to Tattersalls CCI*** in 2 weeks time. I’m very lucky to have invaluable help from Andrew Fletcher (dressage), Jon Pitts (performance coach) and Fred Bergendoff (Jumping) who were all there in their various rolls.