MET - Oliva Nova

Where:

The Mediterranean Equestrian Tour (MET) is a show, organized over several months throughout the wintertime. The showground is located in Spain, between Valencia and Alicante, in a charming, small city along the coast called Oliva.  The weather is normally very good there, so it is the perfect way to escape the cold winter in Northern Europe!

 

Facilities:

The show has three large jumping arenas, and also several great arenas to warm-up on, for longing or flat-work. They offer a broad variation of classes. You can therefore bring many kinds of horses, either younghorses, grand-prix horses or horses for sale or training. One of the most spectacular features about this show is that it is possible to ride on the beach with the horses. Some horses really enjoy to walk in the waterfront, or even a bit further out with their legs in the sea. That’s truly a magical way to start the day and an unforgettable experience (see my Instagram for pictures

 

My horses:

I brought three horses with me to this show, and we stayed there for three weeks. Two of them are 7 year-olds; Evita and Ewiona, and the third and last one – Indi, had an eagerly anticipated comeback.

 

Evita

Evita has been with me for 1 year, so she has already become quite experienced at the international shows. One week she did the young horse classes and two weeks she did the CSI1* competition. She was clear 6 out of 8 classes and two times she had one down. She was placed three times 1.40, and in the 1.40 Grand Prix the last weekend she had only the last down in the jump-off, and got a 9th place. What a great show for our future star Evita!

 

Ewiona

Ewiona is our newest member in the group, and she is pretty new to the international show circuit also. Bearing this in mind, I am very impressed how easily she handled everything. We jumped in all the three different arenas, she did every round very well and had many clear rounds. During the last weekend, she finished both of the 1.30 classes at 13th place out of 60 starters. Thumbs up – I look forward to continuing!

Indi

Indi was very happy to join us again after the break he has had. Now it was time to get started again. We began in some smaller classes and I continued from there to build him up., The last week he completed a 1.40 class where he jumped double clear and got a 9th place. What a great feeling to have him back again.

In between the show days I used the great opportunity to do Aquatraining with him at the beach. That’s his favourite activity – it is good fun, but also very nice training for the horses!

 

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Three weeks is a long time, but the time flies away. I look forward to coming back in spring 2020!