The Cavan Indoor championships concluded on Sunday following six great days of competition. The equestrian facility is run by the Clarke family and what amazes me is that every time we return they have further developed the place and improved it.
This year they have built extra stables, extended the canteen and built a new bar, and each with a top class finish. Cavan Equestrian Centre is a pleasure to compete in, and it's up there as one of the best equestrian centres in Europe.
I have quite a busy indoor campaign coming up, and was using Cavan to get my horses used to the more enclosed arenas. It's a big change coming from Hickstead and Dublin to go to indoor jumping but this six day long show gave me the opportunity to allow my horses get used to the confinements of indoor and the added noise and atmosphere, and most importantly the tighter turns.
Markopoulo placed 6th in the Derby and 8th in the Grand Prix, where Splendor and Baloufina also jumped clear first rounds. One of my best young horses, Phoenix, a 5 year-old son of Quasimodo placed 6th in the 5 year-old championship, which finishes at an incredible height for young horses of 1m40 in the last round.
Next weekend I'm at the Newcastle, Co. Wicklow show where I take Complete, Markopoulo and Splendor to jump in the Grand Pix on Sunday.
Check back for more gossip next week.