ridgeway farm stud took four horses to opglabbeek/sentower park at the end of november. figaro vii for the csi2* and seven year old budgie, six year old clever boy jun and five year old pepper d’or for the csiyh1*. jumping started on thursday with a busy day for tom whitaker: pepper d’or jumped a nice round in the five year old section followed by an excellent start for clever boy jun who was 7th in the six year old section. budgie then jumped very well in the 1.35 seven year olds and figaro made a good start in the 1.40. only the five and six year old horses jumped on Friday, once again both gaining experience in this very atmospheric ring for nice rounds.
On Saturday Pepper D’or jumped very well in the five & six year old final to finish 22nd, and Clever Boy finished well too. Budgie jumped another nice round in the seven year olds and Figaro jumped a beautiful double clear for 9th in the 1.40 – 1.45. Once again Budgie jumped a good round in the 1.35 on Sunday, and Figaro had a fantastic finish to his show with beautiful clear in first round and just rolling a pole on the last fence to finish 3rd in the CSI2* 1.45 Longines Ranking Jos Lansink Grand Prix.
We were very pleased with all the horses. Sentower Park is a very beautiful venue with a very atmospheric main ring. There is seating all down one side, and bars and restaurants down the other, bright blue lighting and even a pond in the centre of the arena. The young horses will have learnt a huge amount, and all four horses are now ready for their spring tours in Europe.