Halliday led her class after the first phase, as Oscar produced a superb performance in the Dressage section of the event, and whilst Show Jumping didn’t go according to plan due to the incredibly muddy ground, a strong finish in the Cross Country saw Oscar recover to just miss out on a top-ten overall placing.
Meanwhile the second of Liz’s two horses competing at the event, Fox, only contested the Dressage and Show Jumping sections before being withdrawn from the Cross Country as a precautionary measure. However he showed some good promise, despite the conditions, leaving Liz satisfied with her day’s work.
Liz said: “Oscar’s Dressage was the best he has had all year so far and afterwards we led the class by four points. He was excellent, secured a great mark and I was delighted with him. Unfortunately he had a little bit of a disaster on the Show Jumping, mainly because the ground was so heavy due to all the rain. It was really boggy and he is not yet truly comfortable in those conditions. That was a shame, but he bounced back on the Cross Country and again I thought it was his best performance of the year. The ground was still bad, but he dealt with it really well on a course which caused everyone a lot of problems. In the end we finished 11th and considering all the problems we had in the Show Jumping that was a really positive result.
“Fox had had a bit of heat in a leg the day before and although he was fine on competition day, we decided it was unnecessary to take any risks and withdrew him from the Cross Country. His Dressage was good considering the Cross Country was taking place right next door, which was a bit of a distraction for him. He then started well on the Show Jumping, but the conditions were still bad and he was a bit wild so a couple of rails came down at the end. We can do better, but generally I was happy.”
Halliday’s next outing will take place on July 14th – 15th when Oscar and Fox will compete in a CIC** event at Brightling Park, UK.
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