Daniel Meech and Fine have notched their best result together in the CSI2* 1.45m gold 4 Grand Prix at the Spring Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Oliva, Spain.
Meech has had the seven-year-old Swedish-born bay mare for just over a year. Their seventh-place finish is their first top 10 placing, and the two-time Olympian was rapt. “She has a big heart but is a very strong-minded mare,” said Meech, who is based near Munich in Germany.
Forty-nine started the class with 14 coming through to the jump-off. “There were so many in the jump-off and it was a galloping course, so I thought just to do as best we can as the rest were flying.”
Meech and Fine came home double clear in 43.43 seconds, with winner Robert Vos (NED) and Carat stopping the clock at 41.28. “I was super pleased because she has no experience in that situation. I am normally trying to slow her down all the time as she is quite strong.”
Next for the mare will be some 3* and 4* shows in Germany. “We are just ticking along enjoying and will see what happens in the future.”
Fine is a Swedish warmblood, who was bred by the stud AB Kastanjegarden. The mare is by Corlensky G and out of Cicilia, who is by Ciceron.
Also competing at the show was Lisa Cubitt who placed second aboard Oaks Clovelly in the CSIYH1* 1.30m class for six-year-olds.
The horse details:
Fine (owned by AB Kastanjegarden, Daniel Meech & a New Zealand syndicate)
Oaks Clovelly (owned by Alice Cameron)
By Diana Dobson
Photo by 1Clicphoto