Gaby Struel - September Blog

September hasn't been as busy as last month but it has certainly been just as successful! Padmay has had a quiet few weeks as Yeti had qualified for several shows, but here is the photo of Padmay and me at Chepstow at the end of August.
Gaby Sept1
On 6th September we took Yeti to Badgworth Arena for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Second Rounds. We won the first class, which was a qualifier for next year’s Second Rounds, and then came 2nd in the Championship qualifier! I was thrilled with Yeti as my main goal for this year with her was to qualify for this class, and we did at our first attempt!! I'm now looking forward to the Championships which are at Aintree in November.
Gaby Sept2
On Friday 12th (the day I'd been waiting for for the past few weeks!) mum and I set off to catch a plane to Lausanne, Switzerland, for the Longines Global Champions Tour. We arrived at about 11pm so we went straight to the hotel, which was lovely and our room had a beautiful view of Lake Geneva and The Alps! In the morning we went straight down to Ouchy, the town beside the lake where the GCT was being held. I had been planning on doing a video blog whilst in Lausanne but unfortunately my phone ran out of memory so I could not video anything. Luckily I had just enough space to get some photos!! Here are a few..
Gaby Sept3Gaby Sept4
The weather in Lausanne was perfect and we were lucky enough to see a Brit win a class, which was the CSI2* 1.35m won by Tess Carmichael and Unique III. The LGCT 5* Grand Prix was the last class of the day. World No.1 and 2, Scott Brash and Ben Maher, didn't have a great ride with Scott retiring on Hello Annie and Ben occurring 19 faults with Wings Sublieme. We did however see the legend that is John Whitaker with the beautiful stallion, Argento, go clear in Round 1 and Round 2, putting them into the jump off along with 4 other horses. The final round was nail biting, John and Argento laid down a fast, foot perfect clear in a time of 38.31 seconds but unfortunately weren’t quick enough to catch Ludger Beerbaum's time of 37.50 seconds with Chaman. José Maria Larocca and GDE Matrix came in 3rd with a clear in a time of 39.16 seconds.
Gaby Sept5
The next day consisted of a relaxing boat trip around Lake Geneva before heading back to the airport to come home. We had an incredible time and I can't thank my mum enough for taking me!!!
Gaby Sept6
The next week, we took Yeti to Cricklands for the Choice Championships. This is a new event which consists 3 different show jumping phases. The first was a Style Jumping round, where you are judged on your position, your riding and how you present your horse to the fences. Yeti and I came 3rd in this round with a score of 79%. The next round was the Derby (Yeti's favourite part!). We won the Derby putting us in 2nd overall before the final phase on the last day - a normal jumping round. The leader had one fence in hand but jumped a lovely double clear to win Gold overall. Yeti also jumped a super double clear, leaving us on our overnight score of 25.0 meaning we won Silver overall!! Yeti jumped her socks off all weekend and received plenty of Likit treats as a reward!
Gaby Sept7
Gaby Sept8The following week we went to Wales & West for the End of Season Show. I jumped Yeti in 2 derby classes - the first of which she came 10th out of 60, and then we came 2nd in the next one!! This was Yeti's last outing before having a very well deserved few weeks off competing as she has been so busy recently. Padmay will be out and about in October at various BS shows including West Wilts, Summerhouse, Badgworth and Hand EC.
Gaby Sept9I would also like to say a big, big thank you to Likit for sending out the new flavours - the horses cannot get enough of them!! Yeti's favourite seems to be the Blueberry and Padmay loves the Caramel. Here is a photo Pads having her first taste of the new flavours :-)
Gaby Sept10

Gaby x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Gaby Struel, #teamlikit at 12:00, 21 October 2014
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