Been a little tricky over the the last couple of days as you may have seen if you caught up with the live FEI TV! However we recovered well in the Grand Prix Freestyle today and I was delighted how Bastie went.
In the Grand Prix, Jaybee Alabaster just kind of froze in the arena as he was scared and a bit overwhelmed by the whole atmosphere. Alabaster couldnt understand what the TV screens were and that put him off. Above, there was a score board that kept changing as the scores were put up for each movement and during the one time changes, Bastie caught the light changing above him and freaked. However, there were too many errors in the Grand Prix test. Not a great test and we were all disappointed. As Richard Davidson, from Great Britain kindly said in his commentary, “…the horse is a much better horse than he is showing in the Grand Prix today. He is really under performing.”
However this morning, before the freestyle, we had a bit of a tune up at 7.00am in the main arena again. Alabaster allowed me to help him heaps more and didn’t get so cranky with me when I helped him. Our test was soooooo….. much better. I could keep his concentration easier and he really tried to do the right thing. We did come ahead of the USA and Polish riders which was nice. So maybe I had better luck. One judge was a little harsh I thought, but from being first out today we did recover a lot of ground over yesterdays performance and did a much better job for Australia and ourselves.
Congratulations to Adelinde and Parzival! They were brilliant and very inspiring.
The organising committee were very very helpful and wonderfully kind to all of us from “Down Under”, as they say. Even with our silly questions they were super generous and made us feel very welcome. A very big thankyou to the organisers of the World Cup Dressage Final in s’Hertogenbosch for their wonderful support during our time at the show.
Many thanks to all my supporters in Australia. It does mean soooo…. much to have the support from back home. Sorry I let everyone down in the Grand Prix, but I feel we did redeem ourselves and Australia in the Grand Prix Freestyle today.
Alabaster having a quiet couple of days. Next weekend is Hagen and then Mannheim, which is the first Aussie Olympic qualifier for the London Olympics. At Hagen there is expected to be quite a few Aussie competitors and supporters. See you there.
Thankyou all again 🙂