Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace jumped one of only two clear rounds within the time today to finish on their overnight score and complete the Bishop Burton College Bramham U25 CCI3* in a very creditable 10th place in their first international CCI3* appearance. The only other double clear today came from the winner Holly Woodhead, and there was only one other clear jumping round in the whole division. You can see the final results here.
Caroline was quick afterwards to give all the credit to her horse, her beloved ‘Nacho’, but she has ridden him well all weekend, especially in the jumping phases and they have a great partnership together. Caroline was kind enough to talk about her plans for the summer, and her hopes for Nacho for next year on video, but due to wifi constraints I won’t be able to upload that until later tonight. Suffice it to say she and her team did a fabulous job all weekend.
As John Kyle pointed out during the prize giving, the U25 division here at Bramham is a pretty good pointer to future success – Caroline was lined up next to London Olympian Swede Ludwig Svennerstal (who talked non-stop to her it must be noted, he seemed very taken! Meanwhile Nacho just ate grass – “it’s no big deal!”), Olympian Will Coleman is a past winner as is Zara Phillips, Piggy French, Tom McEwen won in 2013 and has since represented Great Britain…the list goes on and on and I don’t expect that Caroline will be any different.
The Senior CCI3* division has already started jumping but as Veronica and Lauren are lying in 12th place they are not due to jump for another couple of hours. The weather is still cold and miserable but spirits remain high in the U.S. camp. Go Bramham and Go Eventing!