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I attended Larkhill for a special filming mission which didn't really work out, but it wasn't a completely wasted trip as I hadn't been here for some years, and it's a lovely event for the lower level horses - relatively flat and fabulous ancient turf on an established point-to-point course. A good early season pre-novice and novice event sat in the middle of Salisbury Plain. The drive down from Marlborough takes you through some 'chocolate box' countryside too, but if you're unfortunate enough to be travelling from the south or south west you have the traffic congestion around Stonehenge to contend with in the last few miles.
I was last here about 8 or 9 years ago with a 'dressage' horse I bravely thought might event! Truth is I took the horse on thinking with my heart not my head. He was stunning, looked just like the 'Lloyds Bank Stallion' and an absolute sweetheart, but detested jumping, and hated getting his feet wet. At Larkhill he reared at fence 3, three times. This just happened to be where some friends who had admired him earlier were sitting, and the first competition of mine my mother had ever attended. She later remarked how she wished he'd reared again as she didn't get a picture. As impressive as his rear was, to the gasps of the small crowd, I explained this was not a desired trait. With foot perfect, and effortless flying changes I was able to sell him onto Japan for a para-olympian and Athens, so all's well that ends well.
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Larkhill is definitely one for the list, although I didn't walk the cross country there were enough high rollers from the eventing circuit to make me think it's not a problematic event in any way, and certainly the turf I walked across I'd be happy to gallop on. Just the type of event you want in the early part of the season for youngsters.
More news next week on something I discovered to my disadvantage today, until then have a great weekend and until then.....go find me a nicely marked skewbald event horse...please. (There I go again thinking with my heart not my head)
Oh, and for all you Fox-Pitt fanatics that love twitter, William (or someone on his behalf) has joined twitter (see @foxpitteventing). It'll be interesting to see if this is an "Oliver Townend" style twitter account or more 'straight from the horses mouth' like Paul Tapner's.