This year Willa will be looking to improve on Dancer’s 2017 performance in Blenheim’s prestigious 8/9 year old CIC3* Championships (13-16 September) when she finished down the field. The now 9 year old mare (Moonlight Dance S) comes into the event this year with more experience and some consistent results in the run up so far.
The SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials has been a firm favourite of Willa’s since winning its prestigious 8/9 year old class in 2016, with Caja 20.
“Dancer ran there as an 8 year old last year but it probably came a bit too soon for her. I was disappointed with her dressage and she had an unlucky pole down show jumping. This year she feels so much stronger, calmer and confident,” commented Willa.
Dancer’s Blenheim prep runs included a lovely smooth run in the Open Intermediate at Somerford, followed by the CIC3* at Millstreet towards the end of August. The latter was probably one of Dancer’s biggest asks yet. “It proved to be a really good educational exercise for her,” added Willa.