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My Express Eventing ride Wii Limbo (‘Woody’) was fantastic at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials last week, where he contested the eight- and nine-year-old CIC***.

Generally his dressage test was good, he just made a couple of mistakes and was green in places. He showjumped well — it was unlike him he had a few fences down, but it was a huge track and caused a lot of problems, so I was pleased with how he coped with the atmosphere. He went on to jump a great clear cross-country. We took all the straight routes and I couldn’t have been more pleased with him.

I hope that Blenheim will have helped Woody grow up a little, as I think the atmosphere at Horse of the Year Show will be on a whole different level.

After Blenheim, Woody had three days off and I plan to video my Express Eventing dressage test today to start putting the music to it. He’ll then have a few more days off, and next week, I will work on perfecting it. The floorplan is finished, but I haven’t got anything concrete on the music yet.

Hopefully towards the end of next week I’ll have the music finished and I’ll also give Woody a jump, so I’ll let you know how we are getting on then.

Georgie

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