I am so very grateful to everyone that helped me get fit enough to compete in the CICO*** competition at Houghton International Horse Trials and I couldn’t of been prouder of my horses, One Two Many (Coco), owned by Gary and Mary Kemp and Annie Clover (Annie), owned by my parents Mary and Barry Tweddle and more than relieved with the result after what can only be described as a bumpy few weeks. The horses have always felt in fantastic form but for whatever reason, luck just hasn’t been on our side.
Let’s hope that Houghton was a turning point…..!?
One Two Many (Coco) did a super dressage test for a mark of 36 and then having jumped a beautiful double clear and inside the time on the cross-country phase stayed on his dressage mark to win the strong CICO*** class of 118 competitors by 4 points.
Annie Clover also produced a lovely dressage test scoring 40 and again a super double clear in the jumping phases just adding 1.2 time faults cross country for 3rd place. I did feel as if I was riding a bit protectively to begin with on my first cross-country ride that was on Annie, this was mainly due to my bruised ribs and sacroiliac incurred in a fall from a young horse at home the week before. I could feel Annie thinking ‘come on Mum, we normally go a bit faster than this…’ She was right and we came in 3 seconds over the optimum time.
Both horses produced solid performances in all three phases and were a pleasure to ride. If someone had asked earlier in the week whether I would be riding at Houghton, I would of replied ‘unlikely,’ so when we made the decision to run it was a huge relief that we managed to produce a good result. Thank You to everyone that helped made it possible
The young horses are competing at Belsay this coming weekend before Team Wilson heads off to the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials (June 9th – 12th) where ‘Coco’ competes in the CIC***, Annie in the Event Riders Masters (ERM), a very exciting new series and Bulana in the CCI***. Fingers crossed we have fun and successful event….