Fontainebleau CICO*** International Horse Trials

‘Fontainebleau was our first big competition on the year and I was really pleased with how my two horses went. ‘One Two Many’ had his first run since the European Championships at Blair Castle last year and felt in fantastic form and pleased to be back out competing again. He finished in 9th place and put in good performances in all three phases. It was a top class field with Micheal Jung winning on his Olympic Gold medal horse, as well as taking 2nd place, Sandra Auffarth on her World Champion horse Opgun Louvo was 3rd and so the results went on. I was delighted with how One Two Many went and was relieved to be in the mix at the top of the leader board!

Bulana also went extremely well, she performed a beautiful test to be only 1 mark behind ‘One Two Many’ which just shows how much she has developed over the winter, she put in a super cross country clear round what was, I thought, a really challenging and technical course. I was delighted with how she just kept answering the questions getting better and better. She is still only 10 yrs old and I felt she showed what a horse she is in the making and I am just so very excited about her future….. However we all know horses…..! However, she went a little tense in the showjumping in the main arena and did have 2 rails down which was unusual for her as she is such a good jumper, but the whole experience will of done her so much good and to finish just outside the top 20 in such a strong field was exciting for the future and a fantastic exposure to atmosphere and pressure for her.

I did come away from Fontainebleau thinking what a fantastic event it is in all three phases and what superb experience for horses and rider. It is like competing at a Championship and for the younger horses to experience this is invaluable education.

 

Nicola Back