Posted by Tania Kindersley.
The mighty Big Buck's broke all records. He did damn well make history, in a collected canter. It may never have been easier. I shouted and cried. The dog barked her head off. It was a very, very fine thing.
Hunt Ball jumped round like a champion, and, although clearly tired, finished a very good third. I may write more about that tomorrow. My new theory is that it is actually a very good thing he did not win. Then, everything would have gone off the charts. As it is, he showed that he has every right to play in the big league. They can run him with pride in the best company next season. He lost absolutely not one thing in defeat, and he is still the most improved horse in training. My love and admiration for him remain undimmed.
Some quick pictures for you, because I was in too much of a rush before, and you must have pictures.
My two little Big Buck's:
Red's view, as it was when I went up to her this evening:
What an extraordinary day. I feel lucky to have been here to see such a day. What a horse. What a horse.
He even made the six o'clock news.
Here he is today, with the sun on his back, and the wind at his heels:
Photograph by Getty Images.