Harbro Horse Ambassador: Rosa Onslow October 2020
21 Oct 2020
I am lucky enough to be on the Performance Squad on Horse Scotland. I took both Sunny and Kaiser to a training day at the start of September which could not have come at a better time for the run up to Burnham Market CCI4* L, and all three of us really benefitted from it. As everyone knows, it really has been a stop start season and it is not easy to go from a standing start to a CCI4* L. That is why the training days are so invaluable.
There were 94 of us in the 4* L at Burnham Market the only competition to be run at this level this year in the UK. The list of competitors looked like something you might see at an Olympics.
I thought that both my horses did a respectable dressage but the competition was tough. All you can do in that situation is to take each phase as it comes, and not look too hard in the rear view mirror. So onto the Cross Country, and both my boys went clear. Sunny had 1.5 time faults and Kaiser was well inside the time. The vets were amazed when they took Kaiser's heart rate when he finished the cross country. His heart rate was 60bpm and they said they had never seen such a fit horse. There are advantages of living on the side of a hill in Scotland! They also remarked how well both the horses looked and asked me what they are fed on. Harbro Conditioning Cubes, of course!
So onto the show jumping the next day, and again both horses went clear round a tricky, twisty track. Both horses came inside the top 25, and Sunny got his final 5* qualification.
So where next? I have entered both horses for Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5* L. Normally, there are only six 5* competitions run in the world (Badminton, Burghley, Luhmuhlen, Kentucky, Adelaide and Pau) and this is the only one this year as the others have all been cancelled. I have been accepted in both horses and cannot believe it - thanks again to Harbro for their support.