|Andrew Nicholson & Mr. Cruise Control | The Horse To Take Home From Pau|
Mary King's second test on Imperial Cavalier, looked pretty good to me, as did Ruth Edge's, and Andrew Nicholson's Mr. Cruise Control was the epitome of poise, balance, control and acceptance, rarely have I seen such a relaxed test that still produces classy moments.
The Top 20 has all the usual suspects in the frame. Both William and Andrew have their 3 rides a piece, Mary has both hers, Ruth Edge is in 6th, both Nicholas Touzaint & Frank Osholt make an appearance along with Paul Tapner, and it's great to see Sarah Cohen there on her lovely horse Treason.
|Nick Of Thyme | Another Worth Taking Home|
For me the star of the show was Mr. Cruise Control, and not just because it's a grey. I had the opportunity to see this horse close up at Andrew's home before Badminton this year, and he really does ooze presence. In the dressage today you could see his ears flapping back and forth, as he went through every pace and movement - balanced, calm, accepting, yet powerful. He may not be the most desirable build for an eventer, but I can see this horse going from strength to strength based on what I've seen today and his form this year. He's my "Horse To Take Home From Pau".
Anyway, apologies to any dressage junkies, but I'm just not built for hard core dressage analysis, so I'll leave that to the mainstream press, and horse ballet fans, and so on to Cross Country!
I found myself talked into a cross country preview for eventingnation.com, so check that out on the link below, along with more photos from today:
Results After Dressage
XC Course Preview on Eventing Nation
I'll be back later with some more stuff including a quick chat with Andrew Nicholson, and hopefully a few others.