Katy had a great spin around the CIC* with a lovely clear cross-country at Rockingham, while Duffy scored a 30 dressage and a great double clear to finish 6th in the BE100.
Next was Tweseldown and both of the girls (Pimms & Cute) were in the Intermediate Novice. Least said about the dressage the better, it was a very high scoring judge with a lot of competitors in the 40’s and reading the sheets after you slightly wondered who the judge was watching! Cute jumped a lovely clear show jumping and Pimms uncharacteristically had a rail. However, Cute wasn’t happy coming out of the start box and we pulled up by fence 4. With her not feeling 100% we had her fully checked out by our veterinary team and are now aware that she has a fractured tooth which would explain her not being 100%. She subsequently had some time out and has been to a specialist and after treatment she is now back in full work. Pimms jumped around the strong Novice track well, although she seemed convinced there were monsters in the bracken as she was busy spooking between fences!
Little Downham was fantastic and I couldn't have been more pleased with Pimms. Her first Intermediate and she was pure class. A nice dressage and great clear show jumping was followed by a confident round cross-country making it feel easy. Sadly she was let down by the jockey coming out of the second water putting an unnecessary 20 penalties on her record. Once I got over being very cross with myself I was able to appreciate what a smart pony she really is.
Also moving up a level, Duffy jumped round her first Novice. The dressage was nice, she had her first ever affiliated rail show jumping (but not a bad thing for her to not get a grown up point yet as she’s on the market) and jumped a lovely steady clear cross country.
The new boy Cricket also jumped a great double clear and gave me a lovely feel. His dressage was work in progress but happy we are going in the right direction and he only just missed out on a place. I also picked up the ride on Emma Pitt’s Holly in the BE100, who added nothing to her 27 dressage to finish 3rd.
We had four horses at Stratford Hills last weekend, with some very good results from Pimms and Cricket. Pimms pulled off a fabulous double clear to come 3rd in the Novice Regional Final and Cricket jumped a double clear with an improving dressage to come 4th in his Novice section, which made up for a slightly disappointing morning with the ponies in the BE100.
In between the eventing we ran a very successful talk with Jin Langstone on Getting the Balance Right - Asymmetry and Rehab training. This was a sell out and we will be running future talks together, watch the Events/Clinics Page for further details. As well as regular teaching at home I’ve been heading home to Firs Farm, Caxton running successful BE clinics on a monthly basis.
There are quite a few youngsters who haven’t been introduced yet. They have all been on the lorry regularly to small jumping shows and cross-country schooling. We'll be making some formal introductions very soon.
I’m continually updating and developing my coaching skills and am very excited to have been accepted onto the Charlie Unwin Applied Psychology for Equestrian Coaches Course. This is a topic I’m really interested in developing and I look forward to it starting in October.