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Tsetserleg Finishes 11th at 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

 

The epic Kentucky four-star in is the books for 2018. I’ve been competing at Kentucky ever since 2006 and without question this was by far the best weather I’ve seen at this four-star; it was a gorgeous weekend to be out in the Bluegrass. Looking back on the weekend I was thrilled with both of the horses.

Chris Turner’s Tsetserleg put in a phenomenal performance in all three phases; the little Trakehner gelding tried his absolute heart out. I thought he’d be a little overwhelmed by his first four-star, but he felt like a seasoned campaigner: he dug deep on cross country and he show jumped like a champion on Sunday. Unfortunately he dropped one show jumping rail which was my mistake and it was quite an expensive rail, knocking us back to an 11th place finish, but I could not be more pleased with this horse.

Tsetserleg

Unfortunately it wasn’t Steady Eddie’s weekend. He’s been training very well in the buildup and I felt like I had him in good form, but the stars didn’t align. I felt like he had a solid dressage test but the judges didn’t give us great marks, which was a bit disappointing. On cross country day I was probably a bit over confident with him, he’s such a great four-star horse and has gone around some of the biggest courses in the world, and I rode a bit too casually. After the coffin was a sharp turn to a big airy corner and I made the mistake of holding him for one too many strides and didn’t give him the best line to the fence in the first place. He ducked out the side and knocked over a flag, and I made a circle to jump the fence again but the flag still wasn’t up – this gave me a moment to consider the big picture and I decided to save him for another day. Eddie is a true, proven four-star horse and I didn’t think there was any reason running him around the rest of the course, so I will reroute to Jersey Fresh and then on to Bromont CCI3* in Montreal.

Steady Eddie

For me Kentucky had some massive highs and disappointing lows which is the nature of competitive sport. It was a big week and I’d like to thank all the owners, supporters and grooms helping with the horses. While it was a great event it was also great to get home and take a deep breath and see Silva and Nox again.  Jersey Fresh is May 9-13th, so we have a little bit of a breather before our next big event. They have great tailgating in Jersey so we hope to see lots of friends and supporters out there.

Boyd

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