There is no better way to finish the year than at this amazing show! It is always a test for the young horses to come indoors at the end of the year as we tend to train and compete them outdoors almost exclusively until they are eight year olds.
However as you can see from the video Knockout Van’t Paradijs
(8 year old) rose to the challenge and coped with the atmosphere like an old hand. He was way more relaxed about the bright lights, loud music and enthusiastic crowds than many of the older horses….. He obviously likes a good party atmosphere!! Having ridden him as a seven year old at the Global Champions Tour London it showed me that patience and bringing each horse up to this level in their own time is so important…as a seven year old a big party was not for him!
I can’t wait for the start of the 2019 season to step him up to the bigger tracks, he has the scope, athleticism to jump everything and I now know he also has the brain indoors as well as outdoors!... A horse you will see at the top of the sport one day.
It is also time for a big thank you to Quelbora for braving the Paris Party for a second year in a row!… This was made possible due to Karin’s patience, care and belief in him. For a horse who finds one person whom he doesn’t know coming near him traumatic, this show wouldn’t normally be his idea of fun!... although he is French bred the thought of a full blown passionate active French audience wouldn’t normally be for him!
However he jumped great all week, he hasn’t felt as good as he has in the past months for a long time and despite his eyes popping out of his head he overcame the fear of the crowds to do what he always does best! …..Competitive, ears pricked, knees up to his chin and trying his heart out! Finishing the week in the placings in the Grand Prix on Sunday with a great clear and four faults. Thank you Quelbora…my horse of a lifetime, without you none of this would be possible!