Dancing to a Different Beat
Record-breaker Julie Brougham heads to Europe with an extra spring in her step.
She and Vom Feinsten today bettered their own Australasian musical freestyle record, which they set at the 2015 HOY.
While they didn’t successfully defend their overall title – which went to John Thompson and JHT Antonello – they were reserve and, Bougham says, very proud of their efforts.
“Vom Feinsten has done three very good tests at HOY – little things got in our way but I have very good competition here which is wonderful for us all.”
To notch another Australasian record at their last outing before heading to Europe means the world to Brougham.
“To do another top class consistent test is just fantastic,” she said of the 76.3% effort which won them the GJ Gardner CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Freestyle.
Vom Feinsten also won the Virbac Equine CDI FEI Grand Prix with 70.447% and was fourth in the Virbac CDI FEI Grand Prix Special with 68.938%.
Included in the judges’ line-up was Germany’s Gottheilf Reixinger who was so impressed with the talent in the top three – Thompson, Brougham and Wendi Williamson – that he said any one of them could easily head to Europe and be competitive.
That’s especially pleasing to hear for Brougham, who flies out later this month to start her European campaign.
“It is all very well to feel it is a better test, but it is up to the judges. You are in the lap of the judges and have to wait,” says Brougham.
“Today we did a test he knows well. I was able to give him a workout this morning, with stretching and relaxing. He is a hot horse and needs that extra loosening up I think. I did feel it was a little bit better than last year,” says Brougham. “The whole overall quality was so much better.”
For her, it represents all the training and travelling she, husband David and Vom Feinsten have been doing as they chase they necessary qualifying marks for Rio.
They have those marks in the bag now, gaining the last one at HOY in the Grand Prix.
“It is a huge tick for me and a monkey off my back!”