Friday afternoon we headed off with two float loads of horses, two grooms and two little dogs to Tatura. Having never been to a show there before we were pleasantly suprised on arrival by the fantastic facilities and extremely friendly and helpful show organisers.
Saturday morning was for the young horses and a few rounds around some smaller heights for the older horses as it was the first start of the season for them. Blondie (Coralline) placed 4th in the Equitation event and went clear in the 1.10m A2. Charlie (Chicago Bay) jumped super, but a bit of a mistake on my part resulted in 1 fence down in the 1.10m A2.
For Carisma (x Conquistador) and Le Belvedere (x Lord Z) it was their first ever competition. They were both extremely well behaved and seemed to really enjoy being at the show and being part of it all. They were both quite looky on the Saturday in ring 2 but jumped around well and were much improved on Sunday cantering quite maturely around the 75cm.
Lamaz always has plenty of suprises up his sleeve, especially at the first show of the season. We had a canter around the 1.20m A2 as a warm up for the main class and he was a little fresh but did not put on too much of a floor show.
The Grand Prix was run over 3 rounds starting at 7.30pm. The first round saw 6 clear rounds and a few on 4 faults. Those clear and several of the faster 4 faulters were taken through to the 2nd round. The third and final round was made up of four double clears: David Lever with Mr. Expert, Brook Dobbin with Belcam Alleda, Phil Stevens with Unleashed and myself on Lamaz.
I was first out in the jump off and went for a safe clear round; well to be honest I was planning on having a bit more of a crack but Lamaz’s bucking from fence one to two made it a little difficult to turn back fast to the triple bar. He settled slightly but it had cost me quite a bit of time. Phil and Brook followed with one down a piece. David had the sit and rode a very slick round on the lovely thoroughbred Mr Expert. It was a really nice win for Dave and he has done a great job with this talented horse.
We are starting to understand that Dave’s ability to ride very fast and clear is enhanced by the prospect of a cherry ripe, which rang true on Sunday afternoon with another win in the Mini Prix, this time riding Regal Status.
Final placings in the Grand Prix were:
1st Mr. Expert – David Lever
2nd Lamaz – Jess Barton
3rd Unleashed – Phil Stevens
4th Belcam Alleda – Brook Dobbin
5th Mark Nicols – Ulona R
6th Laurie Lever – Belcam Chancellor
Sunday was a little slower than Saturday, which was welcomed after an early start Saturday morning and quite a late finish.
Charlie jumped very well in the D grade champ posting a nice clear round. He jumped clear and fast to the last in the jump off but unfortunately a rush of blood on my part cost us the last fence putting us in to 2nd place.
All in all it was a great weekend, which was very well run by a lot of hard working Junior members of the NVSJC and their parents. It is great to have such good facilities available and young people who are keen to run the shows! It makes for successful and enjoyable shows and I hope that they continue to run shows at this venue in the future, as do many of the other riders.