Harry was in the BE100 and I was really chuffed with him. He is such a talented jumper and jumped a cracking double clear, I had tweaked the brakes as well as a few management things and it has really help to get him more settled. Oliver was also in the 100 and was Mr Swish in the Dressage again, a little green in the SJ so two down and green XC so a couple of blips but always trying once he knows what he is meant to do. I am going to step him down for his next few runs as I feel he needs to enjoy himself rather than have to keep trying hard.
The following weekend was back to little Hopetoun, Harry BE100, Sky and Oliver in the BE90. Sky is a lovely 5yr old mare that belongs to Claire Smith. I am really pleased to have her down with me while Claire concentrates on going to Blair with her other horse, hopefully Sky will be there to in a couple of years, she is a smart cookie! Harry jumped another double clear and really just needs a little more mileage before moving up to Novice as finding the jumps a little, little! Sky did a 33 in some very wet weather then a pole SJ a little bit of miss communication with new Jockey, before spinning really nicely round the XC. Oliver did a 28 Dressage little casual in the SJ and then much happier XC, we did have one little blip when I had just over taken some one and trusted him a little bit which he took full advantage of and skipped out the side, so he is still cheeky!!!!
Burgham was next on the cards and it was Scorching! Duck did a really cracking test in the CIC *** We have been working on more collection with him, when we get it, it feels super smart! We managed to break into the 30s he got a 39, go Duck! He then popped round double clear to finish in 5th, feeling very pleased with himself. The following day was Sky and Oliver turn in BE90. Both did nice tests but Sky really put on her party shoes to get a 21, both Show Jumped clear which was great as it was a big fancy ring with lots of flags and marquee’s etc so a good learning curve, Sky felt much more experienced than her 5 years on the XC we did have a really silly 20 when she spooked at the big clump of spectators at a very straight forward log, but anything that should have been tricky she popped through no bother. Oliver was testing me out again, Ahhhhhhh! We managed to go round the edge of a very straight forward roll top, just dropped my hands a fraction to let him move forward to it, which he took to mean go round! The steering isn’t that fine tuned yet so once we start going one way it isn’t a quick fix! But these are all very correctable, so we will get there!
Yorkie then headed down to Gatcombe for the Festival of British Eventing for the Intermediate Championships. We had a bit of a mission to get down as the traffic was rubbish but he arrived feeling fresh as a daisy. We had Dressage in the afternoon on Saturday he did a 32, which I was very happy with, he was nice and settled and did as good a test as he has done. We Show Jumped on Sunday and it definitely wasn’t his best round in terms of poles but it is a real championship arena so a lot more atmosphere than what he is normally in, so a good learning curve for him. The XC was a proper Advanced track and it was definitely causing its problems. Yorkie jumped a really cracking round and felt really confidant he is so much more settled and even with the steep Gatcombe hills stayed settled and not too strong. Long drive home on Sunday night with bad traffic again meant that we weren’t back till 2.30am, but a lovely event and always fun to go an see all the top up and coming horses.