|Ruth Edge | 2nd After The Cross Country Phase|
Dressage supremo, Ruth Edge, sadly picked up a few time faults on her way round the Blenheim cross country course, but I watched her through the water and I thought she looked every bit a winner. The 3.6 time faults does, however push William Fox-Pitt into the lead, by just under 2 points. Ruth has at least laid any cross country gremlins to rest and can sleep easy tonight. I hope she manages to end the 'big stars' season on a high with a win here.
|The Dew Pond | MES Legacy|
Blenheim as a venue, in my view, is head and shoulders above any of the 4* events, but I think to make this a really big affair like Badminton or Burghley it would need to utilise a bit more of the park and it's backdrops. The trot up, for example, is held between the public carparks and lorry park, and the feature fences have very little in the way of backdrop, or are 'photogenically' hindered by railings or tents etc. Make no mistake, this is a truly stunning location for a horse trials, with no doubt the best footing you'll find outside of any of our racehorse gallops.
|Tradestands Are Along Side The Course|
|Pippa Funnell At The Lake|
In the last few years Blenheim has been running a CIC*** along side the CCI***, and whilst the vast majority of us have no problem understanding these two competitions are entirely different and seperate, I did overhear a few poor souls, being completely confused by the matter, so I wonder whether it is a good thing to be running these concurrently, rather than sequentially. I suppose if it raises the gate numbers on the Sunday it's probably doing the job intended.
This is the last horse trials I'll attend this season, apart from my own last run in a few weeks, unless I'm asked to assist a friend who's running at Gatcombe next week. So that's very nearly it for sunshine shots of gleaming beasts splashing through water and jumping large bits of wood for while. It's does give me an opportunity to start my winter blogging project, which I'm hoping will give you all a little something to laugh at, and it does of course signal the focus for a very exciting 2011 season, starting with Badminton, as everyone swaps rides, and jostles for position in the run up to London 2012.
my burn the bib crusade continues......
Cross Country Results