David had a busy week last week, with Intermediate and OI entries at Aston le Walls on Wednesday and Thursday and then on up the motorway to Chatsworth International to start bright and early on Friday morning with the CIC* and CIC*** dressage.

Jane and Ian James’ Eisfee again showed her class, finishing 3rd at Aston, and David’s other rides all completed in the top 20.

On to the picturesque backdrop of Chatsworth House, where Cracker Jack II (Jack, pictured) and Rainstown Star (Duncan) were entered in their first CIC* event. Cracker Jack II won his section on his dressage score (43.1), just ahead of Team GB senior rider Izzy Taylor, by 0.2 of a mark, and ahead of the French rider Astier Nicholas.

Rainstown Star finished in 7th, jumping beautifully in the SJ and with a few time faults XC.
Terrific result from these two at their first one star event.

David completed the weekend with a top 20 finish against a strong field in the CIC***, with Gillian Jonas’ Chap.