July was a great month for Team Renwick.
Well July and August may be the holiday season for many Brits – but not me! While I may be trotting off to warmer climates – it’s generally to ride and compete not soak up the sun and sangria.
We started the month at the Falsterbo CSIO 5* Show and had a tremendous time with Ulievka de Breve winning the opening 1.45m class and Rembrandt Blue winning the 1.50m Grand Prix Qualifier! Delighted with both horses.
Then it was back to the UK for the Longines Global Champions Tour event in London. My horses did me proud with Heliodor Hybris coming 3rd in the opening 1.45m 2 phase. Bintang then jumped two brilliant rounds in the GCT Grand Prix, just touching the first fence in round 1 to finish 15th. He then went on to win the final days 1.55m Massimo Dutti Trophy. What a superstar horse and what an end to a fantastic 3 days in London!
Then the lorry was packed up and set off to Dinard in France for the 5* show there. Rembrandt Blue did an amazing job winning the 5* Dinard Derby. He was unlucky a few weeks earlier when he did his first ever Derby Falsterbo, but he now has the hang of it and was foot perfect in Dinard to win.
Off to the Netherlands next at the beginning of August to Ommen which resulted in another great weekend thanks to my horses! Heliodor was clear and place 4th in the first day’s 1.50m Ranking class and he won the Grand Prix! Rembrandt Blue also did his bit by winning the Ranking Speed class. It’s a great show last night. Lovely show to be part of and so pleased with my horses again.
Then it was time for the young horses to travel with the big boys to strut their stuff at Millstreet.
We had a few ups and downs in Millstreet. Good result for Emily (one of my riders) and Fabian coming 3rd in the Millstreet Ruby 5 Year Old Final. Rembrandt Blue had yet another Ranking class win taking the 1.50 GP Qualifier with Bintang placing 4th in the same class. Beluga won a speed class too. Disappointing last day though - Vvoodstock de Breve was 6th in the Boomerang 6 & 7 Year Old Final clear and 4 (rider error!) and the show finished with me not riding well at all after Bintang jumped a superb 1st round clear in the Grand Prix. I made stupid mistakes in the jump off so only ended up 9th - really cross with myself.
Then our last outing in the UK was at Addington Young Horse Championships Show with 12 of them. The young horses performed well with the star being MHS Washington who won the 7 year old final and was one of only two 7 year olds to be clear in every round winning the bonus.
Vvoodstock de Breve was 4th in the 6 year old non British bred final. Emily Mason gave the 4 year olds great rides to be clear every day on our homebred Burj (Billy Congo x Twister) and in the non British Bred with Bristol de Breve (Diamant de Semilly) and MHS San Francisco (Quidam Junior). Beluga was the winner of the first Mares & Stallions class too.
Plans for the late summer/autumn include shows in Gijon in Spain, then to Spangenberg Germany and then taking MHS Washington to the World Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken. Finally we are off to Vilamoura in Portugal for the Autumn tour not forgetting good old HOYS and Olympia of course.
Now can anyone make me a Margherita – I think I need one…..