Liverpool, Addington, Kentucky & Holland, 2018 off to hectic start!

 

We welcomed in the new year with a trip to Liverpool International Horse Show where Charlotte and Carl both did a Master Class. With Charlotte onboard MSG Freestyle on the first night, then on Hawtins Delecarto on the second. Carl suggested Charlotte did the riding while he did the talking, it as always was a fun packed and educational session for the Dressage fans watching!

 

Next Charlotte took her gorgeous grey mare Florentina to do her second Prix St George at Addington Manor High Profile Show. She was on top form and really produced a great test. Still a few little things to iron out but overall we were over the moon with her performance, winning with 78%!?!

 

A week later Charlotte and I flew out to Kentucky where she did a two day Master Class. It was very cold but beautiful when we arrived, -8 degrees and covered in snow! The Master Class went very well, bar me having a stinking cold and poor Charlotte having a bad case of food poisoning the night before the second day.

When we left the snow had all vanished and the sun out, still cold though!!

 

Now at the start of February we have just landed home from a weekend away at the KWPN Stallion Grading Show. This is an annual event run by the Dutch Horse Breeding Organisation (the KWPN), and last year we took Valegro for his farewell performance. 

 

So this year to just be there as spectators was great fun. They have a competition for young breeding Stallions of all age groups, and the grading of the potential KWPN Stallions of the future.

 

It’s a real spectator experience at the show, with all sorts of performances including a gala evening on the Saturday night. Musicians and horses perform together, and every equestrian discipline is showcased.

The grandstands are packed, and the crowds really enjoy both the grading in the days plus the evening performances!

 

Next for us is trip to sunny California next week for a Master Class, sorry I know I am very lucky!!!

 

 

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