Our youngest home-bred, Reybridge River Congo (Phil) went to Badminton for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier, ridden by our second jockey, Maxime Jambeau, and to everyone’s delight qualified for the final ten with a relaxed and straightforward dressage test, the second highest score for showjumping (behind the eventual winner), and a good mark for his conformation from the judge.
Max had also entered his own Hillside Shining Star (Molly), who finished 5th in the 4YO qualifier last year. Another accomplished dressage display and slightly better marks for type and conformation also put her in the top ten despite an unfortunate pole down SJ.
So, there we were with two horses in the final ten but only one jockey – ride and lead is not an option at this event! David was due back at any moment and, encouraged to put his foot down he arrived with just enough time to get his boots on and take Phil into the arena for the final go-round and gallop.
Reybridge River Congo finished in 7th, and Hillside Shining Star in 9th place.
Pictured: Reybridge River Congo (right) checking Maggie is happy with his performance.