Ros swept in to third place shortly before the Thursday lunchtime break, with a score of 40.2 on Caroline Moore’s Allstar B. By the end of the dressage phase she lay in 10th.
“I’m over the moon with that,” she said. “It’s my local event and I have lots of friends here today so it’s been lovely that it went so well. Alby is very steady which helped settle my nerves – I’d been hoping to score in the 40’s so to come close to a score in the 30s is fantastic.”
Looking forward to the cross country, Ros added: “Neither of us have jumped at this level before, so it’s a step into the unknown. It’s a really big course – I just hope we come back in one piece and happy.”
Alby jumped beautifully across country, with just an unfortunate error in Discovery Valley, which cost the pair 20 penalties.
“He’s such a gentleman,” said Ros. “He was a bit floored coming through the Lion Bridge (fences 4 and 5) because there was so much to look at, but after that he got better and better. Without a shadow of doubt I was sitting on a 4* horse. The error was totally my fault – I didn’t ride it right.”
The pair jumped a fabulous clear round, albeit with one time penalty, on the final day. With their first 4* completion under their belts, Ros took home a miniature of the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy for finishing best of the British first timers.
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