Only who dares, wins!

That was the slogan for the highlight of my 2013 season and my first ever 4* competition. After a very long journey we arrived in the lovely, summerly South of France on Monday evening. Ballyengland Rebel (Matey) and I got a lift from the very lovely Malcolm family in their stunning truck! Matey was a bit stressed and didn´t settle in too well after the long trip. However for the first trot up he was himself again and behaved in his typical naught manner.

The dressage on Thursday afternoon lacked a bit of impulsion and expression but I was more than happy with our performance, especially as it was our first 4*.

Unfortunately Mayte pulled a muscle of his abdomen on Friday. Despite our greatest efforts Matey was not fit to compete so I decided to withdraw him from the rest of the competition. I am hoping to come back next year!