ASTON-LE-WELLS ARENA EVENTING
So we headed off to Aston-le-Wall for a spot of arena eventing with 3 of my Owners horses in preparation for eventing season.
We took Mr & Mrs Hall's youngster John (John Brown), Mr & Mrs Parish's youngster Danny (Oakleigh Temple), along with Toby Newman-Taylors Casper (Ghost Town GT). Casper felt really good with a great cruise control after riding the youngsters.
A great day out and the youngsters had a very productive day, learning about travelling and standing on the lorry, being left and coping with a very busy warm up, both producing lovely steady rounds.
Thank you so much to Jon Bellenie Equestrian for being groom today whilst our regular groom Lisa McDermott is still recovering from her operation.
HAROLD PARK FARM - TEAM QUEST DRESSAGE
Team Quest outing today with the yard family, such a great result in our team coming 1st!
Amy Gainsford was riding her own pony Deep Rocket Valley (Murphy), Lily Tappin riding her own horse Minstrel, Emma Burdis riding HollyPark Canon (Pops) and myself riding Mr & Mrs Parish's young horse Oakleigh Temple (Danny).
Thanks to our team leader Emma, Lisa McDermott for all the behind the scenes work and organisation and Mia Lineham & Hollie Zive for calling and filming, lots of fun and the rain stayed away. Well done ladies.
MARK TODD "BRIDGING THE GAP" TRAINING
So today I headed off to Oxfordshire for mine and Mitch's first ever 'Bridging The Gap' training with the wonderful Lizzel Winter.
I hope to attend a lot more of these training days and camps this year, I now feel as a partnership, this help will be most beneficial to us both heading towards our first 2* later in the year.
Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Training series has been designed specifically for those who are aiming to move into Advanced / 2* and those working towards a more established 3* level.
I'm very proud of us both for getting to this point and looking forward to a great season ahead. Mitch was very keen and is feeling on top form with the added help from our weekly visits to the water treadmill, and top feeding advice and plans from Saracen Horse Feeds.
POPLAR PARK HORSE TRIALS
Very long first event for us at PG Eventing at Poplar Park, started with us all leaving the farm at 6am this morning, and not getting back till 9pm.
Ghost Town GT (Casper) was entered in the BE100 Open, and HollyPark Royale (Mitch) was entered in the BE Novice.
Casper had a fab dressage with 29.8, a very slick clear showjumping round and a steady but clear XC. Due to the boggy conditions, it left him with a few time faults and out of the placings today on a 16th place, but we are so chuffed with him, a great first event for Casper and his owner Toby.
Mitch had a lovely quiet warm up and an arena to himself for dressage letting him 'just be himself' and gaining a wonderful 25.8 dressage. An extremely busy showjumping warm up left him a little tense and tight for his first jump where he rolled a pole, but then gained his confidence to jump the rest of the course in his stunning normal manner. Cross country again we went clear but steady and gained a few time faults, which left us 6th place overall. Mitch is such a classy horse.
Thank you so much Lisa McDermott for all of your time today, it was her first event back after having emergency appendix operation at the end of January. It was an extremely long & cold day we had, you are a top lady and Groom!
Thank you to my trainers Juliet Cottey & Adam Smyth for the preparation throughout the winter months and your continued ongoing support.
MUNSTEAD HORSE TRIALS
First event of the season for our 6yr old homebred Oakleigh Temple 'Danny'.
Today we just entered him for a BE80, to get him going and to give him a real 'confidence' run for his first one of the season.
Danny was a complete star from start to finish, standing like a saint on the lorry travelling to the event which should have been an hour and a half journey, took us a total of 4 hours due to an accident on the Dartford Bridge.
Danny performed a very relaxed test for a 31, followed by a much more confident show jumping round, just getting a little deep to one and taking a pole.
Cross county was really nice and steady, he's really starting to get the hang of jumping out of his stride, we had a moments hesitation at the water where he stepped to the side which gained us some penalties, but then went on to finish in a lovely rhythm.
I couldn't be more pleased with how he has come out this season, onwards to 90 level, good boy!!