For the four last weeks, Kathi and her team have been competing at the CSI2* Autumn MET in Oliva, Spain.
For the young horses, the tour proved to be an excellent place to develop and gain more experience. Every 5, 6 and 7-year-old benefitted hugely from being at the tour.
As usual, Casper J&J Z – owned by Martrick Benelux BVBA – brought home top results and after jumping to a 2nd and 5th place in the previous competitions he went off with the win in the final for the 6-year-old-horses. Kathi’s newest arrival Fenneh, owned by Villa Silvia Societa' Agricola SRL, also jumped some very good clear rounds in the 6-year-old division and got some more mileage.
The 7-year-old horses really impressed in Oliva. Kathi’s very talented Amarit d’Amour jumped eight of his eleven rounds clear, and at the most had one rail down. Balou Z, co-owned with Martrick Benelux BVBA, showed some incredible development finishing off with a double clear and an 8th place in the final for the 7-year-olds – a great achievement as she arrived with very little experience at this level. Sandro Girl, owned by Villa Silvia Societa' Agricola SRL, also jumped several clear rounds and was clear in many of her classes also placing fourth during the last week.
Qitana VDV – owned by Il Palazzetto di Maria Rosaria Marzotto – also impressed with her consistency, and jumped some really good clear rounds in the 1.40 and 1.45 classes being placed in the top ten six times.
After a longer break, Stal Het Oosterbrook BV & Familie Hüttenhuis’ Umeunig needed a bit time to jump himself into form – but he finished off the last week in a very good way. In Sunday’s concluding Grand Prix he was fourth, with the fastest time in the jump-off but had a very unlucky rail down on the last upright.
Also Kathi’s students Carmen Christiaansen, Silvia Foppiani, Vladya Reverdin and Elizabeth Karlsen had a good show. Carmen placed in one of the Longines Ranking classes during week three, and had some very good rounds with her horses as did Silvia who jumped many clear rounds during the four weeks. Vladya was also placed in one of the Longines Ranking classes during week three, and Elizabeth finished off being placed in the 1.30-division.
All horses will now get a well deserved break before doing some indoor shows in December and January, until it is time to head back to Spain.