Vittoria Panizzon - Coming to the end of the season

Gosh I can’t believe we are nearing the end of the event season already! We have mostly had a brilliant season with all of the horses improving, making progress and loving their work! 

Chequers Play The Game had the most amazing 4* debut out in Luhmuhlen back in June. It was so rewarding that everyone’s hard work had paid off and he got the top 10 result that we all knew he was capable off. I have been working hard on our show jumping with the help of Jay Halim, and we have been reaping the rewards! Sadly Elvis picked up a minor injury, which meant he was unable to represent Italy at the World Equestrian Games but he will be raring to go next season!! 


We have carried on enjoying being part of the Event Rider Masters series this summer. It is such an exciting series, with such generous prize money on offer, it really makes for a great competition. Borough Pennyz has really shone in the two legs that she competed in. First up was Arville in Belgium, which was the most beautiful setting. She jumped a spectacular speedy double clear to finish 5th against a very competitive field so we were all thrilled. She also proved herself up at Blair castle where despite the tough Scottish hills in the mud she finished in 7th place!


In between the bigger competitions the younger horses have been getting out and making such pleasing progress. They are all now ready to upgrade before the end of the season which is very exciting. 


We were obviously very disappointed to miss out on going to the World Equestrian Games but the silver lining was that it meant I was able to take Super Cillious to contest in the prestigious CIC3* class for 8 and 9 year olds at Blenheim Horse Trials. I have competed Ken since he was a 4 year old so it is particularly rewarding to now have him competing at this level! He was a total joy all weekend and delighted his owners by not putting a foot wrong all weekend and jumping a superb double clear to finish off in 5th place! 


We now only have a few events left before I will spend the winter on the hunting field keeping my cross country skills up to scratch in the off season! 


We wish Team Italia all the best at the World Games and are sad not to be there with them!  Until next time...

Vittoria x 

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