Sean Burgess’s competition partner Arabella II recently returned to show fitness after a three-year foal break. Sean commented: “‘Florrie’ came back from stud in January and she needed to put on condition and muscle before I could do much with her. Now with a bit more practice she’s ready for medium.”

Sean and Florrie took the elementaries comfortably with 74.31% and 72.14% at Oldencraig at the beginning of the month. At Pachesham, Surrey (15 October), with the distraction of a travelling companion back on the lorry, their scores were slightly lower at just over 70 . . .

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