News from Vicki

4 June 2008

Just wrote an update, and lost it!!  Grrrr, I hate computers sometimes... Oh well, here goes again, I´ll try and do it quicker this time!!

Pforzheim was great, what a lovely show.  Great footing, stables nice and close, and fabulous tracks built by Frank Rothenberger.

Bla super, but so was everybody else!  Mattie Williams really outstanding, and showing the benefit of his time in Europe with his 2 lovely horses LECONTE and ASGARD owned by Alistair and Yvonne Young, and the time spent with super trainer, Henk Nooren.

Grand Prix track on Sunday was the biggest I have jumped in a long time.  Only 5 clear out of 47, so the others found it tough enough also.  All verticals a solid 1.55, except for middle of treble, that was only 1.50!  Franke Sloothaak the deserving winner when double clear on his big plain bay, LEGURIO, who is by the same horse (Landadel) as LUNA LUNA, who was also a big,plain bay...

So many Aussies there, it was great to hear all the Aussie accents everywhere!  Honorary Australian Gillie Bockmann was also great to have at the warm up, and was a huge help to all of us, as he was absolutely passionate about doing what he could to help us all get a good result.  Also great to have Rod Brown there in his role as Assistant Coach/Selector to cast his eyes over all performances.

But briefly, Bla had rounds of clear, 8 and 12 in the 3 classes, and feels to be getting better all the time.  After Mattie, Laurie and DAN are looking really solid, scores of 4,0 and 8.  Then Chugg, Paul and Pete are all pretty close.  Adam had bad days at the office on Days 1 and 2, then jumped pretty well for 12 faults in the Grand Prix when second out.  Mr Innocent ran out of scope and rideability in the Grand Prix to have 23 faults, after having 4 and 4 on the first days.

So back home now in Elmshorn, and Tjeert has some new horses, so new toys to play with!

Will try and find lost stuff and resend! 


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