South of England
Well today we headed off to South Of England for mine and Mitch’s (HollyPark Royale) first Intermediate. I had no expectations, and just wanted to try and give him the best experience I could.
He did a lovely sweet dressage test with lots of room for improvement to score a 30.5.
With showjumping, Mitch was giving the jumps plenty of air, we did lose a bit of rhythm in the middle of the course, which resulted in two poles down but we managed to get it back to jump the last few really nicely.
Cross country he was very very strong which is something completely new to me with him, he was taking a bit of a pull at our last event but today I felt like he was running through the bridle a lot.
I think he felt a bit overwhelmed to start with on the cross country course, which resulted in a stop quite early on, he just didn't really lock on to the first of the skinny brushes, after this, he settled down to complete the course confidently.
Personally I felt today was a big full-up cross country course with lots of questions, and he answered everything that was asked of him. I am so pleased with him, he is an amazing little horse that really tries his heart out for you, I couldn't ask for a better partner.
Although I did come away feeling a bit disappointed in myself, I actually shouldn't be when this is our first Intermediate together. Looking at the positives, he did a really great test, show jumped really well, and cross country we had one green moment. Onwards and upwards to the next one.
I would like to say thank you to mum and Amy that give up their time to come along with me to every event, and a very big thank you to my dressage coach Adam Smyth, who came along to support me, warm me up for my test, walked showjumping and cross country with me, and then stayed for the rest of the day.
We had a wonderful day out at Tweseldown Horse Trials today on the big boy, Casper (Ghost Town GT).
We scored a 32.3 dressage and jumped a double clear resulting in 10th place in his section. Casper was very well behaved today, and was a real pleasure and joy to ride. Roll on Oasby for the last event of the season, before a winter of dressage and showjumping.
So Friday afternoon we headed off to Lincoln to settle Casper (Ghost Town GT) and Mitch (HollyPark Royale) in for the night to attend our last event of the season, Oasby Horse Trials.
Casper was doing great with his move up to Novice with a fab dressage of 33 and one pole into the cross country where again at this level, he took a disliking to a skinny jump so I retired him. His owner Toby is really happy with his progress although it’s been slow with this horse. We have to understand it was only a few years ago he was unrideable, we will just keep pushing on with his training through the winter months and bring him back next season.
Mitch scored 32.1 dressage and had one pole down, but a clear in cross country for our second attempt at Intermediate, he is a total superstar!
Mitch has gone from strength to strength now competing with the big boys at this level. Apart from being a little slow cross country, he is really holding his own in the dressage and show jumping discipline, we will work on his fitness throughout the winter and also on getting his dressage marks even lower to give him more of a chance.
A big thank you goes out to all the staff at my yard that do a wonderful job in our absence, Lisa McDermott for her super grooming and help, also Juliet Cottey and Adam Smyth whom have been very supportive with their training and knowledge to me this season and a massive big thank you to my owners, onward to 2*!!
Lastly, thank you to all of my sponsors, I look forward to a winter of dressage and showjumping in preparation for next year’s events with a few more horses to add to the team.