Recap: Longines Global Champions Tour & League - Mexico City
It was great to be back in Mexico competing last weekend. I have fantastic memories from this leg of the league - this time last year was my Global Champions debut where I jumped as the U25 for Miami Celtics which we went on to win! Possibly the best introduction you could ask for. Combined with this, the venue and atmosphere is incredible. It really adds to the occasion; cantering into the massive grass ring of the Campo Marte which is in the heart of Mexico City and jumping in front of thousands of fans. It’s something else.
I brought Casis and Quintano 35 for this leg and they will go onto jump in Miami next week as well. Both horses traveled well on their flight from Maastricht and settled in fine at the showgrounds. With Mexico City being at such high altitude it can take a lot out of the horses and it’s always something you’ve to consider to make sure they are comfortable and happy.
I was delighted with Cassandra Orpen’s 12 yo Casis. This was his first time jumping on the tour and he was great both days. He jumped in the 1.50m on Thursday for a clear and 4, and on Friday in the Table A: Against the Clock with Jump-Off he was unlucky not to progress to the second round. He is a barn favourite with the best character and jumps his heart out every time he goes into the ring.
Quintano was nominated to jump for Miami Celtics and was fantastic – he jumped both days for the team to produce a double clear. We were one of only four other combinations among all teams to do so throughout the week. He was brilliant in the Grand Prix jumping clear in the first round. An unlucky pole in the jump off kept us from a top 3 finish to place 9th in the class. We’re now sitting in 6th place individually at the minute. He’s a proper jumper and loves his job.
Thanks to Cynthia who looked after the boys on their trip, Lauren who is keeping the show going at home in Broxmead and to my sponsors; Reform Sport, Connolly’s RED MILLS, Samshield America, Fabbri Boots UK and CWD for their continued support.
On to Miami beach!