Things have got rather busy since I last spoke to you. Elfie took part in his biggest performance to date on 15 June at Bolesworth International for the four-year-old Burghley Young Event Horse class. He had never been somewhere with so much going on and had never jumped a 90cm showjumping track, or on grass, but he tried his heart out in quite damp conditions. His dressage was lovely, and apart from a few down showjumping, he was really brave.
I always knew the competition would be hot, but I thought it’d be fantastic experience for him, so I made it my aim back in February when I’d just broken him in, and he did it. I couldn’t be prouder of him.
On the 21 June I had a wonderful day with Frankie at the Royal Cheshire County Show. It was Frankie’s first jumping competition in nearly 12 months and he was so excited and keen to be jumping. He is still barefoot after having his shoes off last July and has never been schooled or jumped on grass, but you would never have guessed that! He was like a true professional and felt fantastic to be out jumping him again! We finished in 2nd place, which was such a massive achievement… however the judge did say that I need to plait him on the correct side, chop a foot off his tail, and put shoes on… oops!
On 25 June I went to the British Riding Clubs Area 20 Horse Trials qualifiers. This was my first time competing for Tushingham & District. I rode Santi in the 90 and he put in a foot perfect performance all day for 27.5 dressage and double clear. Unfortunately I got naughty penalties for going too fast, which cost us dearly and moved us from 1st to 8th place, but the team still finished 3rd.
Next up was Percy in the 100+. Again he also put in a foot perfect performance for 29.4 and double clear. Again I picked up naughty penalties for going too fast, despite riding the whole way round with the handbrake on. He finished 3rd, our team won and we qualified for the National Championships, so all in all a good day!
On 13 July we had a very long day eventing at Upton House Horse Trials. I took Percy for the BE Novice. We scored 30 in the dressage (it’s really coming on, but just needs polishing now). He was awesome showjumping but had an unlucky four faults. We then had an awesome spin round the cross-country course and were the 3rd fastest in our section, picking up just 2.8 time penalties. We finished 10th overall and I was really proud of him considering we were in a hot section with lots of top riders!
On 15 July I had a 3.50am alarm set to get Florence in, plait up and go eventing at Stafford. She did a lovely dressage and popped nicely round the showjumping, but across country she he had a cheeky moment at fence three! I should have been a bit more on the ball…
So that’s it, my final blog as an Equo Brand Ambassador. I can’t believe the 10 months are over so soon. It seems like only yesterday I was rallying round trying to get people to vote for me. I want to say a huge thank you to the Equo Team for their support. I’ve had a busy but very productive 10 months with Equo.
I’ve also been to lots of new venues that I didn’t know about before. So, if you’re looking to a fun competition to go to one day and feel like going out somewhere new, log on to Equo and see what’s out there for you to have a go at!
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