Badminton 3DE 2008 Print E-mail
Written by Mel Hennah   
Monday, 05 May 2008 19:33

Badminton 3DE 2008

Congratulations to Lucy and Shaabrak for a world class performance

Lucy and Shaabrak at the first trot up on Wednesday.

Im sure the whole of the west country has had a fantastic but heart stopping week watching Lucy and Shaabrak this week at Badminton.

I was lucky enough to get up to Badminton to watch the first trot up on Wednesday.

Lucy and Shaabrak were turned out to perfection both looking very smart.

I met up with Carolyn after the trot up who took me to watch Lucy schooling Shaabrak along with all the other riders.

I have to say I thought they looked in a class of their own. I have never seen them look such a team. Lucy's riding was a pleasure to watch.

The next few days were spent nervously watching the TV and getting my well informed texts from the Turriff family who were lucky enough to be up there for the whole week.  Also on Saturday, Clare Beecham went up for the day so Clare kept me well informed also.

A very good dressage test left them in 3rd position after Friday dressage - a great position to start out cross-country.  Then came a very tense start to Saturday's cross-country when a lot of the top riders had problems throughout the course - Lucy was later in the day, so we had a long time to wait and get anxious!  But as always, Shaabrak and Lucy put in a world class performance cross-country leaving them in 2nd place ready for the show jumping phase on Sunday.  After a clean bill of health in front of the ground jury on Sunday morning, the day seemed to take forever to get to Lucy's show jumping slot!  We all held our breath, when Shaabrak knocked the 2nd fence down, but Lucy showed her professionalism by holding her nerve and leaving all remaining jumps up!  Wow, a confirmed 2nd place!  Nicholas Touzant, the overnight leader only had one fence in hand, but (unfortunately!!) left it up!!  

Also, it must be appreciated, what a good support team Lucy has.  One of the most important people must be Caroline Creighton, who did all of Ross' fitness work - she certainly got that right!!  For me that is of no surprise as Caroline is the best of the best!! 

Jade Lazenby - an excellent performance with Master Blaster.

Another proud person must be Jade, pictured above at the first trot-up, looking very smart in her suit!  An excellent performance cross-country with only one run-out over a course that caused numerous problems for many top riders.  Jade finished off her Badminton with a clear round in the show jumping on Sunday - well done Jade.