It was a hugely successful weekend for Piggy at the Young Horse Championships at Osberton.
AKD Corline was crowned the KBIS Insurance 4yo Young Horse Champion at Osberton, completing on his dressage score of 27.0 to post the only sub-30 finishing score in the class and win by a comfortable margin.
Ballycanu was the 4yo Young Horse Champion 12 months ago and was seeking a repeat in the 5yo Championship this year. He put up a superb effort in defence of his crown but ultimately could only finish 2nd. He added nothing to his 27.3 dressage score. Bar a 20 penalties in his first event of the season he has form figures of 1132141112 – pretty outstanding for an event horse!
Carsten Of Westoak claimed 3rd spot in the 5yo Championship, just 0.1 penalties behind his stablemate. He also finished on his dressage score with a lovely double clear. He has enjoyed a productive first season eventing with seven top 10 finishes from seven outings.
Templepatrick Cooley rounded off Piggy’s trio in the 5yo Championship finishing in 29th place. However, her performance was far better than it reads on paper with a nice dressage marred by a few minor mistakes and one show jump down in what was otherwise an excellent round. A confident spin across country was ideal before her end of season holiday.
As with Cooley Dream Extreme 12 months previously, Piggy chose to run her Le Lion 6yo at Osberton with the experience of the enhanced atmosphere and stabling away all useful for their trip to France. Jump Jet was well behaved in his dressage to score 40.3, jumped a clear round in the show jumping and was clear inside the time on the cross country to take 2nd place in the 6yo Championship. With any luck he can produce another good performance at Le Lion in two weeks time.
Cooley Top Cat, winner of four events this season, rounded off his campaign with another terrific performance in the 7yo Championship. He posted a 49.7 dressage, which was better than we had expected given his inexperience at the level, and again jumped a superb double clear to finish in 6th place. He will be an exciting prospect with a winter of dressage training under his belt.