Boekelo Show Jumping
Finduss PFB ( Louis) looked magnificent at the jog this morning thanks to Hels who had him literally glinting in the sunshine. We seem to have Boekelo's rain from yesterday here as it simply bucketed it down overnight and pretty much all of the one days in the U K were left with no option but to abandon.
The Olympic format was as complicated to follow as could be as horse after horse jumped out of order to allow the team horses to jump last, horses that had not completed the cross country were allowed to show jump today which seems bizarre and if we struggle to follow it then I have no idea how the general public will perceive it next year!
Sammi and Louis jumped a super round in the electrically charged atmosphere this afternoon to drop just one pole and help Team Australia to the silver medal position in the Nations Cup. Interestingly enough Sammi and Louis's 20 XC made no difference to the final score as the Germans were so far ahead after the dressage but her speedy round really did count as if she had had just two more seconds over time then the silver would have gone to Japan. It was the fastest 20 penalties cross country all day and hats off to Sammi yet again!
To be part of another Australian team that picked up a Nations Cup podium finish is what is is all about for Sammi and her amazingly hardworking team. Yes, the boys ( Chris Burton and Kevin McNab) were amazing this week but Sammi has always been a team player and yet again she put her best foot forward on an unknown quantity in Louis. Huge congratulations to the Parkfield Team who have long believed in their crazy big orange pony and it really is an exciting 2020 season that lies ahead now the Louis has proven himself at 4*Long.
So as always, the celebrations are short and sweet as the trucks packed up and pulled out of Boekelo headed for the UK on overnight boats. Monday sees the usual riding/washing/unloading/relaoding and undoubtedly in Sammi's case, some cross country schooling before the horsebox pulls out early doors on Tuesday morning for the trek down to Le Lion d'Angers for the 6 year old World Championships with Faerie Magnifico. But a podium finish makes it all worthwhile!