The bags are packed, Basmati is out hand grazing and Tryon Equestrian Centre has turned into a busy cleaning up mode to be ready for its next visitors.

 We have had the most wonderful week at Tryon with Basmati – which is all owed to Basmati´s owners, John & Louise Ayre. John and Louise are and have always been an outstanding support, wonderful owners and – more than anything – very dear friends. Without their generous support our “operation Tryon” would not have been possible.

A very big Thanks also goes to my fantastic Head Girl Lucy, who has travelled with Basmati, and the whole Hoy Team at Home, as well as our super Physio Iris - Team Work Makes The Dream Work! I couldn´t to it without all your support!

I am so delighted for John & Louise Ayre that Basmati, who they have owned since we bought him as a 6 year old at Elmar Lesch´s yard in Germany, has shown his promising talent to become a ‘big time horse’ for the future. Exciting times ahead!

Basmati, who has finished the 2017 season on a very good run and placing at his first CCI2* at Osberton, has – due to the bad weather in the UK – had only one Intermediate run before boarding his flight to the US to run in his first ever CIC3* class.

While he was still a little tight in his Dressage test he showed what he is going to be capable of in time – he already scored some 8s, so I think his Dressage test was a little bit like the venue here at Tryon: A lot of it is already very good, some things are still ‘work in progress’ and will just take time to develop – but you can already see that the finished product will be outstanding.

The cross country was – for me – the most important part of our ‘testing operation’. I have known Capt. Mark Phillips for many years and highly respect him as one of the world´s leading Course Designers – all of his courses ride well with positive forward riding on a well balanced horse. This course was no exception – a very well built and beautifully designed 3* course over rolling terrain which gave all the riders a good impression of the terrain, ground and feeling to be expected for the WEG course in September. Even though the WEG course will include an impressive hill – yet to be built – for the last third of the course.

Watch the cross country round via my head cam on

Basmati felt very well and fresh on Sunday morning and went into the last phase, the showjumping, with great enthusiasm. He jumped a super round showing his great scope - only to have the last fence down, which I have to take as my own fault. One stride less in this distance and it would have been a clear round - with just some time penalties to add.

Watch the showjumping round on

Nevertheless – I could not be any more proud of this super young horse. He has taken the long travel and big competition so well in his stride and has grown up a lot over the duration of his trip. It was encouraging to receive so much positive feedback on his performance here at Tryon and I am very excited to now take him back home, give him a well-deserved break and then carry on our route of producing him for the top level.

It has been a wonderful experience - as well as a great “pathfinding mission” with many learnings - to compete at the beautiful Tryon venue and now it´s time to get back to my wonderful boys and girls in the UK. Can´t wait to see them!

Next major event to come – Sopot CCI3* for Vassily de Lassos, Composer and Hasenacher Jack Sparrow.