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Halliday goes well despite difficult conditions at Little Downham

Oscar and Fox both contested the Open Intermediate category, with young Donovan entering the Novice class, and all three produced positive results.

All three horses did decent dressage tests despite the conditions, although they were not all given the scores that Liz had hoped for. The conditions in the show jumping were far from ideal, with the ground being incredibly boggy due to the heavy weekend rain, and all three horses had an unfortunate two rails down. In the Cross Country however, all three went clear, with each of them showing superb form with positive rounds.

“The idea was to give Oscar and Fox a good pre-run before their next Advanced competitions in June/July, so from that point of view it was a success,” said Liz. “I was a little disappointed with the Dressage judges though. They were very harsh with their marks and Oscar in particular should have earned a higher score. The Show Jumping was tricky for all the competitors because of the ground, but I was delighted with all three of my horses on the cross country. The fact that Donovan went clear, on what was a tricky Novice course, gives him another qualifying mark towards one star competition and more confidence for his upcoming novice runs.”

The previous weekend Halliday withdrew her fourth horse Harry from the CCI** competition at Houghton Hall, but not before he’d produced a stunning Dressage test.

An impressive display saw him ranked fourth out of 116 horses, although bad ground on the Cross Country section resulted in his withdrawal.

“The Dressage was his best ever performance at International level, he was awesome” Liz confirmed. “but the ground on the Cross Country was very hard; he had a stop early on and just wasn’t himself so I made the decision to retire him from the course.”

“I will do a few more competitions on him, but I have finally made the decision to sell him. He’s a lovely horse and would be perfect for someone who’s moving up through the levels of eventing.”

Liz’s next eventing engagement will be at Salperton Park on 21 June, but beforehand she heads to the Le Mans 24 Hours in France where she is part of Eurosport’s commentary team for the world’s most famous motor race.


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