Posted in Equestrian News By Animalife
The second run of Piggy French's season was at Oasby Horse Trials. On Thursday Piggy had Darcee and Morswood having their first runs of the season in the Open Novice. Both produced nice double clears.
Friday saw the return to action of Tinkas Time and Piggy’s first competitive outing on George and Jayne Apter’s OBOS Cooley. The Apter’s had made the long journey from Hampshire to Lincolnshire to watch him and I’m delighted to say that their support was rewarded with an excellent win in the Open Intermediate, ‘Fin’ adding just 2.8 time faults to his leading dressage score of 22.8 for a comfortable victory. Tinkas Time rolled one pole before a steady clear round across the country but, most importantly, he was absolutely delighted to be back in action! Jayne McGivern's horse Quarrycrest Echo produced an excellent 24.8 dressage and a double clear with a few time penalties for 2nd in the Intermediate whilst Tom March's Bee Positive had Piggy’s first 20 penalties of the season on his Intermediate debut.
Sunday was a fantastic day for all at Team French with 3 wins from 4 horses. The winners were Lord Lincoln, Cayr Della Caccia, and Hannah Norvill riding Shannondale Casey. Ironically, it was Piggy's BE100 victor from Isleham, Jump Jet, who let the side down as he could only finish 4th, rolling the first pole of his career in the process, for which his owner was quick to suggest ‘rider error’! Stats say that Piggy had a 20% strike rate in 2014, top of the rankings by some way, but this season she is operating at 33.3% with 5 wins from 15 events completed. Long may it continue.