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SO CLOSE SEPTEMBER

We’ve been extremely busy over these last couple of months at three day events. DHI Paparazzi and OBOS Colombus headed for Blenheim International CCI*** together and put in pleasing performances. Had time penalties not been so costly with both horses we would have been right up in the placings. I’m very excited for the future now with both of these campaigners.

It was then off to Osberton International with Jane Duncan’s Monbeg Maximus and Treworder in the CCI*, and Sir John Peace and Charlotte Cole’s The Corn Crake in the CCI**. All were right up there after the dressage phase, with Treworder leading throughout the dressage. Clear XC’s for the 1*’s inside the time left it all to play for on the final day. The Corn Crake picked up a few time XC after needing to take an unplanned long route, but jumped a super clear round.

Unfortunately the scoring was so close on the final day that only two poles at the start of the showjumping separated 1st - 75th place. Luck was not on our side on the Sunday and a fence down dropped us right out of the money. I was delighted with the performances of all of the horses though, who will now all have a well deserved holiday.

ASKE AND BUCKMINSTER

After a short break for the horses after competing at three day events in the Spring, it was time for some of them to make a reappearance. We headed to Aske Horse Trials first with five horses in tow and all five finished on double clears. 

The Corn Crake was a winner in the Open Novice section, just pipping Franzipan from the top spot. OBOS Colombus, Carlsson and The Artist Almost Famous all had super stead clears in the Open Intermediate, setting them up nicely for Aston. 

The young horses headed to Buckminster Park the following week, with Roko Rock 5th in the BE100 and Class Booze Cruise taking the runner up spot in 2nd. 

EXCITING NEW SPONSORSHIP

For the remainder of the 2018 eventing season, Team Wright have signed a very exciting sponsorship agreement with Shires Equestrian.

The horses will be looking incredibly smart with a new wardrobe of rugs, to keep them at the perfect temperature for every occasion. We have used Shires rugs for many years, so are delighted to have been accepted as a Team Shires ambassador. For quality and performance you wouldn't get much better.

A massive thank you to Louise Ainge and the Team at Shires Equestrian for there support. We cannot wait to work with you and are looking forward to a very successful partnership.

3 DAYS FINISHED WELL

We are back home now for the next few weeks after a hectic three day event schedule, consisting of some very tight turn arounds in time.

Houghton was educational for all four horses competing and River Warrior, Monbeg Maximus, Dakotah VII and OBOS Colombus will have come on a lot for it. It was then on to Tattersalls across the Irish Sea with Prince Mayo and new ride The Corn Crake to compete in the CCI* and CCI***. I hadn't done a three star for four years, so to finish in the Top 20 with Prince having had a super clear XC I was delighted. The Corn Crake also took the win in the one star, finishing on his awesome dressage score of 28. Very excited about the future!

It was then onto Bramham with DHI Paparazzi for his first CCI***. He stormed around the course, although a little strong at times which we can work on, and I hope we will both come on together having learned a lot from the experience.

We have some one day events now with the young horses before a few steady runs with the big boys, setting them up for the three days at the back end of the season.

A FEW WINS AT FOORS

After a four and a half hour trek up to Floors Castle Horse Trials for a two night stay, it proved to be well worth the journey. Prince Mayo took first place in the Open Intermediate section for his owners Sir John Peace and Mrs Charlotte Cole, finishing on his leading dressage score of 28. DHI Paparazzi followed suit finishing closely behind in fourth on a score of 33 for Sir John and Ian and Heidi Woodhead. Both horses will now head to the CCI*** at Tattersalls.

Monbeg Maximus scored an impressive win in the Novice section, again finishing on a good dressage score of 28 for owners Jane Duncan and William Buick. He will now be routed to the CCI* at Houghton. 

All eight horses performed well at Floors and it was nice to get some good scores across the board.