RAVEN AND JIMBO GO WELL AT HARTPURY
Series final placings and a Puissance excursion
16th Dec 2007
Hartpury College near Cheltenham christened its Â£4.6 million new indoor/outdoor facilities 14th-16th December with a series of strong showjumping competitions culminating in Sunday finals.
The Allan Bloodlines Showjumping Team took its good young horses LOUGHNATOUSA RAVEN and newcomer LOUGHNATOUSA JIMBO to compete in the Bronze Tour and, to cut a long story short, both qualified for the finals with good preliminary places.
In front of a full-house, RAVEN went immaculately clear and JIMBO followed suit, putting two Allan horses ridden by John Crippen into the jump-off of nine competitors. RAVEN went clear again and set a time that ended up placing her 3rd in the Final. JIMBO beat her time and was quick enough to win but just touch a pole on the penultimate fence coming out of a tough combination. Still, he was 8th in the field of 30.
JIMBO was only having his third outing for the team and will learn rapidly how to deal with such circumstances. He is a very fast horse with enormous scope yet to be tapped. RAVEN in many ways was too good for the class and was caught between levels. The fences were 1.30/1.40 which were small for her and she can produce the same fast times over the bigger fences for which she is now qualified.
In a thrilling diversion, the Team ran RAVEN in the Puissance to help her learn more about coming back into hand. With David Allan, trainer Bernice Cuthbert and consultant Tim Beecher in attendance, she and John tried their first Puissance. Clear in the first round, a second was attempted. Clear again with the big wall at 1.82 metres. She, unlike others, was therefore not eliminated and could jump on at a more extreme height but that was enough for a young horse against battle hardened puissance specialists. RAVEN retired undefeated while the specialists competed up to 2.07 metres which one of them cleared - the highest jump in the UK in 2007. The effect on RAVEN was very positive.