I am happy to say that after our incredible journey on the way down to Portugal we had a much less eventful journey home. All of the horses travelled well and we arrived back without disaster! We had a really good show picking up plenty of placing, especially with the two 5 yr old horses. Fleurie who is only 15.2hh, was already quite advanced before leaving for Portugal. She had attained all of her newcomers double clears to qualify her for this years regional final so we were expecting her to do quite well whilst we were away. She jumped for 4 weeks whilst put there and only had 1 pole down! She also managed plenty of placings, although we were surprised at how well Murphy went as he kept creeping in front of her in the line up. She did manage to pull it out of the bag though in the final where she finished 3rd in the European cup final over 3 rounds and 2 days. Sadly Murphy had 4 faults the first day of the final which meant that although he jumped a super clear in the second round, he was not required to jump the third and final round. However until the final he was definitely slightly ahead of Fleurie in his prize winnings so we were over the moon with him as he did not have the same amount of experience as her. Tempra started the show off with a fabulous 3rd place in the 1.35m opening class. She then stepped up to jump the world ranking classes and despite jumping some amazing rounds, we had no luck....at all! We had quick rounds with the first fence down, the last fence down, the second to last fence!
When we arrived home the 2 young horses had a well earned holiday for a few weeks and Tempra had an embryo transfer done, which can often take a few months to achieve successfully.