- Cian O'Connor wins the Welcome Stake Grand Prix at Live Oak International aboard Carolus Z
Last weekend I travelled north to Live Oak Estate in Ocala, where they were hosting an international show with driving and jumping taking place. The show is run by Chester Weber and his family. Chester is a world class international four in hand competitor and will be aiming for WEG this summer. This show was run by horse people for horse people, and the competition was held on a beautiful grass arena, which was a welcome change.
I brought Quidam's Cherie and Carolus Z, who jumped great (see news) and ended up winning the leading rider award, which was nice. This week we are back in Wellington for the final week. Nikki has three horses to compete and I'm going to aim Quidam's Cherie at Saturday night's $500,000 Grand Finale!
Check back next week for more news.
- Quidam's Cherie placed 3rd in the 4* Grand Prix
This sport is all about hopes and dreams. We all lose far more classes than we win, so it’s very rewarding when things go well, and the good days should all just be appreciated and enjoyed.
The 12 week tour in Wellington is very long, and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s early in the season and be cautious about over-jumping. My main horse is Quidam's Cherie, and since I got her - 10 weeks ago - I set my sights on this weekend, and, more specifically, the Nation’s Cup and the Grand Prix in Wellington. I knew I’d need time to educate and get the hang of her, but I reckoned she could move up a gear by now.
Luckily, we got it right, and the mare was superb in both classes (see news article), culminating in a double clear and 3rd place finish in the $150,000 Grand Prix (see the video). I have to say that I could not have done it all on my own and I'm extremely grateful to all my owners and sponsors, without whose support any success would be impossible. I'm very fortunate to have a great team of staff behind me and it’s really satisfying to see them enjoy and get a kick out of the good days as much as I do. We riders are so fortunate to work in a job that we love and enjoy, so much so that it doesn’t feel like work!
Time to set new goals and targets so the dream stays alive - high hopes indeed!!