Wandin Park was the venue for the Grand Valley Showjumping Classic.
Saturday had lovely weather, a little to hot when the sun came out but
with the slight breeze blowing made it alot more bearable. Large numbers
saw the day finish rather late and everyone ravishing for dinner!
Wesley had a very successful day riding LH Beckham. The first class they
rode in was the 1.25m Open and in the jump off LH Beckham had one rail
but a minor rider error Wesley half halted trying to adjust his stride and
LH Beckham took that signal as a trot to stop, quickly Wes encouraged
him to keep going and basically trotted to a straight fence with
very little room before take off. Which meant a tap of the top rail. But the
rest of the round was terrific. The next class was the 1.35m Open and Wes
wanted to see how LH Beckham would cope with a bigger track and more
technical lines . Mr Leeson Serrit ( course builder) set the course to be a little
challenging in spots. To our delight LH Beckham took it all in his stride and
put on a fine performance! The combination placed 1st…..
LH King Arthur started in the 1.15m Open and this was hard for him, not the
height but all the tents, flapping signs, people ringside and of course the judges
van as well were all very daunting to him. His eyes popped open as soon
as he entered the ring. With only one rail down and lots of way wood striding
on course he also accomplished a great round.
On Sunday the sun disappeared by midday but the wind took over all day.
And blew a gale by lunch..LH Beckham had a go at the Mini Prix and with the wind
blowing so hard , he lost concentration on course and also had one rail.
We expect these minor happenings on course at different shows and places because
these two young horses have not seen nor heard it all yet. They need to do the miles
to see more and not worry so much, only time will help them and plenty
of patience. Wes is very happy to give them both that as they are very nice, handy
confident young horses to have.
Off to Lang Lang next week end to the Port Phillip Showjumping weekend.