Channel Cup 2009

Following a week of junior training at Ashfields Polo and Carriage Driving Centre in Essex, six teams took part in the Junior Channel Cup. England as hosts were permitted to enter two teams, also entered were Wales, Ireland, France and Germany.

Mike was a member of Team Gig (one of the two England teams), along with Mark and Katie Bell, Roseanna Walter-Symons, Frank Campbell, Harriet Bradford and Grace Smith. His dressage score of 53.96 penalties put him in third place in his class and good performances from other team members put them in a strong position after the first day.

The Derby was fast and furious as usual with some really great driving from everyone. Mike drove fast through the obstacles and managed to stay clear in the cones giving him second place in his class and second place after the 2 phases. The cones were run in reverse order so the pressure was on at the top. Mike had to drive for a double clear so took a very tight line through a series of three cones. In doing so he acquired 3 penalties but was well within the time. Perhaps a lesson learnt for the future.

Mike came second in his class and Team Gig came first, a great ending to a great week! We also held another very successful Nations Night, where once again Hodgson catering provided some wonderful fayre. Several of the French and German contingent were first in the queue for Louise’s Eton Mess as they remembered it from Austria! A big thank you to everyone involved in organising and training at camp and the competition, and to our great hosts, Ashfields.

Prior to arriving at Ashfields, Brownie & Blackie were competing at Stoneleigh in the Trailblazers National Dressage Finals with Anna, where they both performed outstandingly. They both came to Ashfields directly from Stoneleigh (arriving a little wet!) and Brownie threw himself straight into training with his normal gusto. Time for a week of rest now before we start thinking about Windsor!

1st place team, 2nd place individual