|Tweseldown Racecourse - Eventing Continues Whilst Point-To-Point Racing Is No More|
|Noble Bestman Gets The OI Classes Started In The Mist|
The first person I met on arrival was one of farriers, Paul, that I know, and he mentioned that he had already seen to four horses that had pulled shoes off. I also spotted 2 people carrying thrown shoes, and heard the commentator mention one of Chris Burton's horse's had thrown a shoe and it was winging it's way back to him via one of the score collectors. Despite all this and a few withdrawals the majority of the ground held up well, and the only real losers were those less experienced riders who misjudged the odd stride here and there.
By the time Intermediate dressage got underway the rain had eased off and we were left with just a heavy mist in the air. I had made a point to watch Noble Bestman as this horse is coming up into the top rank, and is something of a 'lively' ride of Laura Collett's. Taking that into consideration and a recent wind op, he performed a decent test, if a little impatient in the halts, and as Laura put it on twitter "he is a cross country machine" although he clearly wasn't pushed, cruising comfortably past me, finishing half a minute over the optimum time to end up in fourth.
|Laura Collett & Noble Bestman - "A Cross Country Machine"|
The fence judge at the water, suggested to the commentator that Universe has had a sticky moment at the water, but I think a number of horses had trouble with the first few steps into the water.
|Clark Montgomery & Universe - Giving The Fences Plenty Of Room Despite An Unlucky Rail.|
|Daisy Berkeley & Springbok IV|
|Lucy Jackson & Animator II|
It certainly wasn't the greatest day weather wise, and by mid afternoon we were stuck with a heavy mist/drizzle that played merry hell with camera focus and I eventually gave up trying to get any more shots.
All in all Tweseldown plays a key role in the calendar, and for me is a welcome day away from the day job at this time of year. It gives you an early indication of who is getting ready for Badminton, and how those early season plans are going. It's also given me a few ideas of where I might go to look for a new horse, and has been great to catch up with a few people I've barely seen over the winter.
I'll leave you pictures from a few other nice rounds I watched:
Tweseldown 2013 Results
|William Fox-Pitt & Chilli Morning|
|Chris Burton & HP Leilani|
|Tom Crisp & Liberal|
|Emily Llewellyn & Major Buck|
|Alex Hau Tian & ESB Irish Fiddle|
|Lucinda Fredericks & Mr Sydney Rocks|