Due to Covid-19 impacting the world over and disrupting the competition calendar and travel, opportunities to get out competing in 2020 have been scarce. So throughout the summer, the team have been training hard at home. Slowly a sense of normality began to creep back and shows began opening again, so without hesitation we made a plan to travel to Holland for a few weeks. One of the shows we scheduled in was the KWPN young horse championships 17-19 August 2020.
The KWPN Blom cup showcases the best 4, 5, 6 and 7 year olds in the Netherlands, and this year the standard was exceptional. The event is held at Tops International Arena, Valkenswaard, an outstanding show location which attracts world class competitors.
We had absolutely stellar performances from our young horses. In particular 7yr old Ici and 6yr old Stallion, Jean Couture were outstanding.
On day one Ici, won the 7 yr old class with a fantastic and quick clear and another of our 7yr olds, Ikaberlina RV, unfortunately had the last fence in the same class. Jean Couture, had a lovely clear in the 6yr old class.
Day two, Jean Couture again jumped a great clear which qualified him to the 6yr old final on day three. Ici had an unlucky 4 faults at the last but finished in 10th place overall and also qualified him for the 7yr old final.
Day three, the final! Jean Couture had an unlucky 4 faults in the 6 yr old final, but we are over the moon with his performance over the whole event. Ici came 4th overall in the 7 yr old final and jumped outstanding, he really is something special and one to watch in the future!
Three days of large and technical tracks at such a prestigious event and our horses really did us proud!