We catch up with Tom Rowland who is aiming for Badminton this year! #MMBHT
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Tom is making a name for himself in the Eventing world from his base at Ampney Knowle Farm, near Cirencester. From an outstanding equestrian facility, Team Rowland professionally run a team of talented horses, from four year olds through to 5*.
Possible Mission (Hunter as he is known in the stables) would be Tom’s third horse to produce from scratch. He was the start of an association with Mr and Mrs Patrick of Mission Eventing. Picked from a dark flooded Irish hunting school in January 2012, he went to the 6, 7 and 8 year old National Championships, and the Novice and Intermediate Championships thanks to multiple wins and placings at Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.
Lucy Hall gives us a round up of Tom’ s first 5* at Burghley Horse Trials
It was Tom and Possible Missions first CCI5*Long format at the Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials last September. All the hard work, training and preparations had been done and the dream was about to become a reality. I think Tom held his breath through out the first vets inspection but they passed easily, they both looked amazing thanks to super groom Doris and Tom even had matching socks on!!
Dressage day was Thursday for the pair and Cirencester based dressage trainer Pammy Hutton made the trip up to Burghley to warm them up. Possible Mission strutted his stuff and pointed his toes with Tom pushing for every mark in the dressage phase. The commentary was “Tom isn’t playing safe here and is pushing for every mark, for a first timer this is impressive” and this left him on a score of 32.8 and 22nd place over night. Tom had walked the Cross Country course several times and it wasn’t until he walked the course with Chris Bartle that he saw his line through the Trout Hatchery. Tom went for a steady confidence building round and racked up a few time penalties but was extremely pleased with Possible Missions performance. Tom was a little embarrassed with the flapping of his arms and legs after the last fence but I think it’s fair to say as they were home safely so we can forgive a little pony club scrubbing after the last fence!! This left the combination in 33rd position over night.
Possible Mission recovered really well after he had finished the cross country phase and was looking amazing after a good nights sleep the following morning at the final vets inspection. Hunter’s farrier Robbie didn’t win the farriers prize but we were sure it was a close call and Tom didn’t win best dressed but his trousers hadn’t fallen out with his feet so it was good all round. A quick change for both horse and rider and course walk and it was straight into the mornings session of the Show Jumping. Two unfortunate poles for Tom and Possible Mission still pulled the combination up the placings and they finished a creditable 27th and with their Badminton qualification which at the end of the day was the aim of the weekend. Badminton here we come!
Interview was conducted by Lucy Hall Photography on behalf of Stable Equestrian….. See what Tom has to say about the upcoming Badminton Horse Trials..
Tom Rowland is sponsored by :
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WG Farrier Services
Mark Todd Collection
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