Three young horses and their rider acquit themselves well

The Allan Bloodlines Showjumping Team made further progress at Hickstead this week as the young horses jumped seven rounds at the testing venue without having a pole down, until tiredness eventually told in the last round jumped.

LOUGHTATOUSA RAFA made enormous progress after a Tim Beecher coaching session with rider John Crippen in the evening before competition. 7th then 4th in his two Foxhunter classes each with over 100 in the field, RAFA and John conjured up very impressive double clear rounds. Still in Newcomers, RAFA’s potential is massive.

LOUGHNATOUSA RAVEN was a doubtful starter, having spent nearly a week in her box with a bruised foot, but she went double clear in the 1.25 Open qualifier, albeit intentionally steadily after her break. On the next day, the big mare finished 4th (of approaching 100) in the Grade C Qualifier for the Main Ring jumping superbly but the time off told in the Final when a combination of tiredness and sticky going saw her have two down.LOUGHNATOUSA DIAMOND was again “the Man” coming off his warm-up victory at Weston Lawns. A qualifier for the 1.25 Open Final by finishing 7th of approaching 100 by virtue of extraordinarily powerful and brave escapology when getting a combination wrong, DIAMOND went clear in the Main Ring, finishing 6th of 12 with international horses in the field – a highly creditable first effort in such an Arena. And to cap that, he finished 3rd in a huge 1.30 Open class on soggy ground the next day.These good young horses have a brilliant young rider in John Crippen, who is nevertheless always ready both to appreciate the skills of trainer Bernice Cuthbert and to learn more from the coaching of Tim Beecher. Long may the learning curve for all concerned continue upwards.