V.I.P Vinnie (Vinnie)
Birth year: 2008
The long trip to Somerford Park was well worth it with great results - a 1st, 2 x 2nd's and a 7th. We left the yard at 3am with 4 horses and left the yard at 11.15pm having unpacked and put the horses to bed.
V.I.P Vinnie (2nd), The Partner (7th) and Ballycoog Breaker Boy (2nd) were all in the OI. All in different sections. All three produced very good tests followed by double clears. I ran competitively as the ground was the best of the season. I particularly wanted to test what I had with V.I.P Vinnie before we head to Bicton 5* in a couple of weeks. This was because we have had a frustrating season on the cross country, we have done a lot of work over the last 2 months to address this both in training and bit changes.
The Dominator had much to live up to in his ON class and produced his best test yet scoring 20.
This put us in the lead but we rolled the last pole in the SJ which dropped us to 2nd. We ran clear XC and 1 second inside the time to take the win. He was king in the lorry on the way home much to the annoyance of the other horses, all who had put in stella performances.
This has set them all up for their Autumn campaigns.
A big thank you to Somerford Park for putting on a fabulous event, as always. The new show jumping arena rode well and the twisty course challenged us all.