We only just did one more show at South View before leaving for Valencia, just two horses jumped there.
It was such a shame that we could not do the whole of this show.
It was the development classic show and the venue was looking better than ever, the ground was amazing, but with having to leave for Valencia the day after would have been too much for the horses.
They all had a safe trip out to Spain, they took three night time stops, the horses are stabled overnight, in an attempt to keep the energy levels up we try not to keep them in the lorry for too long.
They were not overly fresh on arrival, but after a few days they were all feeling good again, especially with the sun shining, everyone was starting to feel better.
The jumping started on Friday for us and we were all slightly excited, our first international for a while!!.
Some of our results are below from week 1 of the tour:
Beth Bould, our pupil was clear with 'Cecile' and 'Mad Jo' in the 1.20m & 1.30m silver tour classes, this is Beth's very first abroad show.
Dom also had a good 3rd place with 'Corrina' in a silver tour 1.20m, he was clear with 'Whin Whin' in a 1.30m Gold tour class and clear with 'Pacific' in a 1.30m silver tour.
Then Dom rode the round of his life in his first big Grand prix in the Gold Tour with 'Ashdale Futuro', he jumped this mamoth track for just two fences down early on in the round.
This horse jumped round like an eight year old, so at 19 years of age all the TLC is paying off.
Our Norwegian riders Mikkeline and Ida were having some good rounds, Mikki in the gold and silver tours and Ida in the silver. Ida was happy to get a clear in her first 1.40m silver tour on 'Hope Bay'.
Dave was going very well with 'Acoomie', this stunning eight year old jumped the 1.35m Gold on day one for 4 faults, Dave was really having a go for the clock, then he had an unlucky rail in the 1.40m gold small grand prix on day two (a very strong track) and on day three he was clear all the way in a very strong 1.40m gold and sadly had the last fence, he otherwise would have been well placed.
'Erasmus' with Dave was attempting his first go at international 1.45m gold tour classes, he jumped superbly, clear and placed on day two and clear until the last fence in the Grand prix, then just a stumble and a fence down kept him out of the jump off.
'Quininto' with Dave, his new 6 year old was clear in the silver tour 1.20m on Friday and Sunday, pleasing his owners who were there to watch.
I was very pleased with 'Adermie 52', he jumped in gold tour 1.30m, 1.35m and 1.40m Friday, Saturday and Sunday, never touched a fence and gained two good places, 'Adermie' is looking forward to going on the beach next week and then some more big classes next weekend!.
'Ramiro Cruise' finished his weekend with a lovely clear in the 1.30m silver tour with me, he has only just a years jumping under his belt and he always impresses, he is gaining great experience at this show.
So we are now focused on week 2 of the tour, we hope the wind will drop , it picked up on Sunday and it is still very bad.
I am presently at home and all the horses and dogs are fine here, the Quigley Horseboxes work shop is buzzing as always.
The weather in England is also in need of improving!. Horribly cold.
So sad for our friend and clipping helper Nadia Affie, she has broken her arm badly, we hope she is out of pain very soon.
Charlotte Flack has been busy riding all our horses left at home and our home groom Emily has been riding all our ponies.
We are very gratefull to them for their hard work in this cold weather.