The ten-year-old, who’s owned by his breeder Jean-Louis Stauffer, is making his five-star debut and in his first yr competing with the New Zealand rider after beginning his profession with Chris Burton after which being ridden by Tim’s spouse Jonelle final yr.
“He’s a really proficient horse. I actually consider in him as a correct five-star horse – a Burghley and Badminton form of horse and now Maryland, which I put in the identical class as these different well-known ones and that’s why he’s right here,” mentioned Tim.
“He’s inexperienced, however he’s right here to get some schooling on the job. All I would like from him within the dressage is to be relaxed, to point out himself within the true mild the place he’s working and that’s what he did – a number of errors, a bit unestablished, a bit comes and goes, however the high quality beneath all of it and the relief is what actually makes me very proud of him.”
Tim added that the horse’s canter work is at the moment hampered by him being so “massive behind” on this tempo, however it would enhance as his stability will get higher.
The pair scored 27.4 to take a seat 0.2 of a penalty behind Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie 135, who took the lead yesterday and have held onto it immediately.
Alexandra Knowles – generally known as Allie – has moved into third with a private finest rating at five-star of 28.8, driving Katherine O’Brien’s Morswood.
“We now have undoubtedly been working in the direction of that – he’s all the time had it in him and he’s a a lot stronger horse this yr,” mentioned Allie, who completed eleventh right here in 2011 on this horse.
“Final yr was his first yr on the five-star degree and he did an important efficiency, however he’s simply extra mature now, stronger within the hind finish, stronger in his again and his self carriage is actually greater than it was earlier than. So you recognize that form of check is in there and also you simply kind of hope it comes out of the fitting second – and it did.”
Allie described the chestnut as a “by and thru ginger pony”.
“He’s a nuisance on a regular basis, in the easiest method,” she mentioned. “He’ll observe us round like a canine, he’ll attempt to escape his stall. I got here out of the ring and he was excited, then we hit the primary blade of grass and his head’s on the bottom, able to eat. He’s all coronary heart and character.”
Allie added that the 14-year-old is light along with her practically two-year-old daughter Addie, “however fierce on the cross-country”.
Now that the Maryland 5 Star dressage is over, consideration turns to tomorrow’s cross-country section, which begins at 2.06pm native time (7.06pm British time).
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