Team King - The last entries!

I can't believe that I am already doing the last lot of entries for this year - where has that time gone?!
Bicton International Horse Trials is always a real treat for us, and the August event was no exception. Superbly run by Helen West and her team, with excellent going, made us very proud of our local event!  Bobby and Billy did their 2nd ever CIC**. Both did reasonable dressage tests, but felt a bit flat and quiet in the show jumping, which was disappointing. Billy then was a bit unlevel with a bruised sole, but I ran Bobby XC and he felt calm and confident. Sadly Joey had a stiff neck (playing too vigourously in the field!) so had to have a quiet couple of weeks....not very good timing, as had to miss Bicton and Blair :(  Emily kept the 'King" name up there at Bicton by winning the OIu21 with Dargun, a novice section with Quinn, and was 2nd with Zara in the CIC**.
My three have been competing from the field all of this year, but I felt due to how quiet and flat they were feeling that it was best to start keeping them in, so that I could feed them a bit more hard feed and restrict their grass intake. I ran them next in the intermediate at Gatcombe and they felt much brighter with more energy, putting in smart performances in each phase.
Pontispool, the other of our local events, was on the Monday after Blenheim. Becca had been looking after the horses well while we were at Blenheim, hacking them out each day, and doing their fast work every 3rd day.
My 3 ran in the IN to give them a nice confidence giving event before their International runs. Bobby won, Billy was 3rd and Joey 4th...what good boys. Emily also had a successful event with Zara winning the OIu21, and the 3 younger horses going well. 
Billy and Joey are going out to the lovely Lignieres CCI in France at the end of Sept (Emily is taking Zara and Quinn). Bobby is 2nd reserve for the 7yr old 'World Champs' at Le Lions D'Angers CCI** in France in October. Fingers crossed he gets into the squad.
I was asked to do the Burghley preview for Horse and Hound, so walked the course mid Aug and gave my opinion on each fence. 
During August we had a few different prize winners come to the yard, including the Ascot Timber Buildings prize winner, Alex Holman, who had won a lesson with me - hopefully it was helpful!
Our 5th and final foal arrived safely, a very correct dark bay filly (by Jaguar Mail) with no white markings, named Maple by the owner's children! Checking the 5 foals each days can become very time consuming...stroking and scratching them, and watching them play with each other.
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