|Laura Collett | Getting Some Intermediate Cross Country Practice In For Tomorrow's CIC*** Which She Leads|
Probably the most important ingredient for 4 star prep is 'big ring familiarisation' and Belton is a big show in it's own right with more tradestands than you'll find at Barbury, or any other event in it's class. Both the CIC & Advanced dressage was held in amongst the shopping lanes. Two advanced sections were being held side by side with noisy shoppers, flags waving, and intermediate show jumping and cross country going on all around you. Perfect, as when some of these horses get to Badminton, the atmosphere is going to be even more intense.
Stuart Buntine's organising team have gone to great effort to prepare all the surfaces, and cross country course was spiked and take of landings were sanded, and as I left the dressage arenas were being dismantled as a tractor drove round with a tine harrow softening up the surface ready for tomorrow's showjumping. Scoreboards are conveniently located in the beer tent overlooking the arena, so with today's bitter chill you could easily have been forgiven for camping in there.
|Mary King & Chilli Morning Leading The Adv Dressage|
Like every good spaniel, I find it hard sometimes to concentrate on what's important, and was easily distracted by the lure of cross country action going on as I arrived. At first I was thinking this doesn't look like a particularly tough advanced course, and it wasn't until I came across Paul Tapner walking the course with his owners who told me he only had Dressage today, that the penny dropped and I realised I was watching Intermediate cross country. That could have been an epic fail as I was half thinking about missing tomorrow! Anyway, pictures of two of the three leaders from the big classes is not too bad a result, and there really is so much going on at Belton from cross country, show jumping, dressage right through to dog agility, like a spaniel it's easy to get distracted. I blame too much business travel!
|Tina Cook All Smiles After CIC*** Dressage On Miners Frolic|
Big day tomorrow! Go watch #EventingLive
|One Two Many NJ & Bill Levett | Another Lovely Horse Back In The Game|