It was great to start the season at Tweseldown where Cascadelle (Lola) was delighted to be back in the limelight, and did her best to calm her inner Valegro, Highmead Proposition (Jake) was an absolute delight and total Belief (April) continues to impress me with her mature attitude.
The horses have all come out looking picture perfect, leading to many comments about how well they look. It’s down to feeding Saracen which has been a staple part of my training regime for many years. Here’s a picture of Ted looking very dapper!
With the best feed available fueling them, and fantastic new kit from my sponsors Mountain Horse, it was great to be in action again, catching up with lots of friends. I think we were all trying our best not to come off very fresh horses in the warm up!
Lola produced a lovely double clear with the hand brake on across country as thre’s a long season ahead, and Jake was unlucky to role a pole showjumping before going brilliantly across country, bar a blip where he came down on his knees in the water which nearly led to our first dunking of the season.
Total Belief (April) also produced a good test, and then produced a lovely double clear, again going steady. She has really matured and is a big, strong beautiful horse with a great future ahead of her.
Total Darkness (Ted) had his first run of the season at Aldon where he surprised me with his wonderful attitude – he is a very spooky horse – to finish second in a BE100 section.
He’s such an eye catcher being black and huge at 17.2hh and as I’m not overly tall at 5’6” people ask why we bought such a big horse. We actually bred him, and he just didn’t stop growing!
April produced another very good test in the pouring rain, and jumped a really good double clear, with a handful of time faults cross country to just finish out of the placings.
Jake went back the following day for the intermediate and he did another good test, and he glanced off at the last moment at the skinny coming out of the water. I think it may be a little lack of focus on his part, having nearly fallen in the water at Tweseldown. The second time he jumped it beautifully.
We’ve had a week at home and have been playing over skinnies. Inspired by Lucinda Green, I went round the farm finding everything I could, bollards, barrels, blocks – the weirder the better!
We plonked everything down, without walking any distances, and the horses were fantastic. Ted was a little stressed as he hasn’t seen anything like that in the school for a while, but he managed to stay straight regardless.
Then I taught four or five lessons in the afternoon and everyone really enjoyed it and found it very beneficial. There’s a video on my Facebook page, which might give you a few ideas of what you can jump!
This weekend I head to Belton Park International with Jake who runs in the intermediate.