With the weather not quite sure what it wants to do and many events being cancelled due to the very wet conditions, it hasn't stopped us and we have had some very fantastic results at Danesmoor Eventing!
The beginning of April brought British Show Jumping to Aston. Duffy, Pimms and Cute had a day out and excelled themselves even though it was a very wet day. Duffy had a 1st in the BN and 2nd in the Discovery, Pimms came 2nd in the 1.05 to Cute who took 1st in that class as well as taking 1st in the Newcomers. Katy and Bruno also went double clear in the Newcomers but were on a ticket.
Only a couple of days later and we were back at Aston, but this time for the eventers to have a play. Duffy started the day with a dressage of 29, and finished in 5th in the 90 after an educational double clear. Pimms jumped a steady double clear in the Novice to finish 10th. Both horses really benefited from a run and the format of starting the cross country on the surface and then going out onto the grass really seemed to allow the young horses to grow in confidence. A happy jockey once again!
HorseHeath was a new event for us and our first completed BE of the season. The event was very friendly, with a fabulous course and layout. Duffy did a nice test for a slightly disappointing 35 dressage, but jumped a good steady double clear.
It was back to Aston in early May for Pimms and Duffy. Two lovely double clears for both horses, who finished on their dressage scores meaning that Pimms finished in 2nd place in the Novice and Duffy took home 9th in the 100. It started to feel that the eventing seasons was underway.
Another successful trip to Aston for the middle of May. Duffy did a fantastic job to win the Discovery, putting the new horse, Cricket, into 2nd. Cute won the 1.05 and the Newcomers, and Duffy also jumped a great double clear in the Newcomers. Pimms was very fresh in the Foxhunter and just caught a rail behind.
We now look forward to Rockingham, Tweseldown and Little Downham in the hope for more lovely double clears and dry weather.
I had a lovely surprise of being on the front cover of Absolute Horse Magazine, with a double page article of Chuckles, Kenny and I inside, which was a better surprise than the snow that we received in Banbury. The beast from the East tried its best to prevent us from schooling and keeping the horses fit, but we battled the snow and managed to keep all the horses worked. Having an indoor school was fantastic, even if it did have a touch of sugar icing! It was real team work to keep the yard going, but everyone helped out and the farm boys even managed to keep the gallops open! We are very fortunate to have such a great team at Danesmoor Eventing.
A good start to the 2018 season for the team at Danesmoor Eventing. Chalice did a nice dressage and show jumping, but due to Cute’s section running in the gloom, we decided to save this lovely mare for another day. Sam Cutts however, did exceptionally well winning her first outing of the season on her homebred Holly in the Intermediate at Poplar. This tunes her up nicely to head Burnham Market 3*.
As the 2018 season takes its wings, all the horses are in work and excited for their outings soon. With lots of clinics and talks coming up soon as well, we are nice and busy and can't wait to see what this year brings.