It’s been a ball! Our season has officially finished but what a season it turned out to be Qualifications and MERs came in thick and fast! I was fortunate to be selected for the East Midlands Under 18 region CCI1* with Duke. At Frickley Park he danced his way into second place after dressage – an amazing score of 27.6! Our cross country round was fantastic, due to Duke jumping so big over an oxer meant we had to take an unplanned long route. We did however go clear with a few time faults to leave us around 23rd. Show jumping was causing lots of poles to fall but I’m very pleased to say we left them all up, meaning we moved to a very creditable 12th.
Dili is a super consistent Novice ride with whom I competed at my pony club area eventing with. She was the first of my qualifying horses as she gained a well deserved place at the Pony Club Championships 110 Eventing. She stormed round the Championships held at Cholmondeley Castle with an awesome double clear to finish 8th.
BlazeR has enjoyed life as a showjumper, doing a bit of BS and the Elite Show Jumping (1.25m) at the Pony Club Championships. He was rather keen and enjoyed his weekend away at big venue. Although he jumped his socks off to finish 8th Ronan also had a jolly to the Pony Club Championships as a Dressage diva! He contested the Intermediate Dressage, finishing 7th.
Boozey was on form with a top 10 at Frickley BE100, this was followed by a second place at Shelford Nu18, and an educational run at Somerford and Gatcombe.
Our season peaked at Osberton – Duke for the CIC2*YH, Boozey for the CIC1*YH and Dili in the CCI1*. A rather large atmosphere which Dili found a bit distracting especially when a fly accompanied her for the whole test under her fly veil! She did redeem herself on cross country with a foot perfect clear. Duke was second to go, he performed a good dressage test amongst some strong combinations. The cross country was big with an interesting and influential ‘white cube combination’ – Duke cruised round making light work of the boxes!
Boozey coped very well in the international arena for his dressage test. He seemed to thrive on the atmosphere of such s big event coming for the showjumping in an extremely professional manner. He felt superb and jumped a perfect clear. Our cross country round was going well until a slight glance off at the corner coming out of the water, however this was quickly rectified and we finished strong and inside the time.
Boozey had a final easy run round Aston producing a lovely test and a double clear to finish 5th Lates House has been ticking over at home and is maturing nicely. He has finished the season with a very good run at Aston to finish in the top 10. A couple of new arrivals have found their way into the ‘Eventers Lounge’. Lux All Class, a smart 3 year old gelding by Lux Z, I’m currently enjoying breaking him in. And, Wright On The Money, a 6 year old gelding which is schooling nicely on the flat and showing scope over fences.