Well Duck was top notch at Badminton really excelling in all three phases and touch wood has come back for a short holiday looking great.
My last XC run was done with the young ones at Gleneagles Hunter tails, always good to come off the back of something big, so that the fences at Badminton don't look to bad!!!!! So a nice pop round the 90 cm in torrential rain was ideal!!!!!! It was how ever very useful for Harry, Oliver and Sky in the Open all enjoying having a bit of less pressured fun and Morris in the 90 just to get some more mileage. So with them all suitably entertained I could then really concentrate on BADMINTON AHHHHHHH!
We left home on Tues as normal after a final run through the dressage test with Liz we then a good run down the road and cruising into Badminton 8 1/2 hrs later, Duck got his checks on arrival,we found our stable and took him out for a leg stretch and some grass.
Wednesday was trot up day, Blues and Browns had done me proud again with a very smart tweed outfit, it was quite windy and Duck was definitely pleased to be back so it was quite a job to keep him going in a straight line, in fact we had a lot of half pass going on but all good and on to the next day! I had done a little bit of Schooling with him in the morning and also an arena familiarization, which he had been fairly spooky at, so a useful exercise. I had my first look at the course in the evening and all looked do able but there were plenty of places to come back to check out lines and distances
Thursday was Dressage day and being drawn number 28, I was just after lunch, so I went for a brief school up by the arena's in the morning just to keep him busy and let him relax and stretch. Before going up about 1/2 an hour before my test. I couldn't have been more pleased with him having been spooky at the familiarization he didn't let any of the atmosphere get to him and really knuckled down to do a fab test, one frustrating miss communication with the first change, which was a real shame as he has been very good about hitting all of them in training but other than that he did everything as he would at home so cant really ask for any more and he got a PB at four star and broke into the 40's which was the main aim as we has been very close for ages. Another course walk in the evening just to keep me busy before going to the Drinks party up at Badminton house along with 700 people, so just a small gathering!!!!!
Friday was then very relaxed and it was nice to be able to hack around the Badminton grounds, I did think that may be it would just be a lot less stressful to just do the Badminton and Burghley sponsored rides!!! A final course walk and a look at the last tweaks to the planned routes. Grace took Duck out to graze in front of Badminton house and also have a quick session with the BBC, I wasn't needed they obviously know which is the important one!!
Saturday XC day, the mornings are never that much fun and it is not until I get onto Duck that suddenly you feel a lot calmer and ready for the rest of the day, I took him out as normal about 2 hrs before his time to have a good pipe opener before taking him back, listening to a few rounds on Badminton radio and a very quick look TV coverage before getting on and heading up to the warm up. He was feeling great, towing me about in the warm up is never a bad feeling, before heading up to the main arena and the start. He set off and felt great jumping really well through the quarry showing that he meant business. He has always been quite distracted by the crowds and that was no different this time, luckily when it comes to jumping he is not distracted though! With the course this way round I find he goofs around a bit all the way up the side of the lake. The only change to the original plan came at the Colt pond when we jumped a little to up over the B element so rather than risk the long one stride to the C element I did a quick detour to the option C. Otherwise he popped round very happily, It is amazing the level of concentration that 4* takes, I really find that you always have to be switched on any any lapse in concentration can be very expensive! Back in the 10 min.box he was looked after amazingly well after finishing by Mum, Grace, Rachel [physio], Jacobina and Dad to get him cooled off and his heart rate down. It is so good to have them all as its so important to get that part right so that he goes back to his box in the best possible condition and judging by how he dragged Mum back at speed they did a super job of his post XC recovery! He then was left to relax in the stable before getting checked over by Rachel to make sure his muscles were all in good order before leaving him in peace.
Sunday Morning Trot up and Show Jumping, I went up first thing to check he was looking good and for Rachel to have a check over, we were both happy with him, Grace then took over to polish him up again ready for trot up, he is very easy when you are leading him around before trot up but as soon as he goes through the Arches he goes from laid back to Tiger and this time he had the Ground Jury in his sights it was a little embarrassing to nearly send them flying as he zoomed back down the trot up strip! Anyway he felt fine which is the main thing! I then went and checked out the Show Jumping course and walked it twice which I think is a first! Just as well I did as I walked the wrong line on the 2nd walk so very pleased I got that out the way before doing it on Duck! He felt great in the warm up the odd buck and whiz around. He then went in an jumped his socks off, which really capped the weekend off as you feel that you did all you could and with only 7 double clears he had a good rise back up the leader board.
We headed straight back up the road after the parade as never to much time before you are on to the next competition and with Floors on the Thursday I really need to get cracking again with the home horses. So Monday morning wasn't that relaxing with 7 to ride!
Floors had had a major re vamp and looked great, it has always been a great setting for an Event and it was nice to see it with a new look. Yorkie was down for the CIC** and did a very nice test although the Judges had very different scores with 15 marks different so his good score could have been really good if they had agreed! One pole SJ was my fault, as he was jumping well, but will put the XC fault down to him! The first half of the course was quicker than the 2nd so I had let him go on a bit but the down side to that was the steering then suffered a bit and he was fighting a little bit when it came to turning so we missed the 7B but after that he settled down very nicely and jumped well. Harry was in the Novice and got a little spooked before the Dressage so I was pleased that he did pull off not to bad a test for 35, he had 1 pole SJ and then was fab XC. Oliver was down on the Sunday and had the worst of the weather for his Dressage but 28 double clear had him in 7th. I also had Lola for Mark Moran, I had a quick sit on her on Saturday night and then off we went, it was her first BE outing for 2015 and she was a little pleased with herself in the Dressage so I think it is safe to say Mark should do a better test than me next time out! But she totally redeemed herself jumping, doing a super double clear.
I have sold Sky back to Claire as her older horse is out for the season, it is lovely to know that that team has been re-united but I am sad to see her go as she was very smart, they had a great first outing together again though, doing a 29,double clear for 4th at Floors, so hopefully they will have loads of fun this season.
A massive thank you to every one that helped at Badminton and in all the preparation for getting Duck and I prepared for it, as well as the support from my lovely sponsors TopSpec, Equiliburm Products, Mountain Horse, EquiSox, Blues & Browns, Robinson Animal Healthcare, Dave Cameron Photography, and Sorbeo bedding.
Well we are well into the season and I am really pleased with how the horses have come out of the winter. Duck is feeling great and the young ones really looking like they are stepping up this year after putting in the ground work over the last season and over the winter.
Having been a little lacks at Blog updates thought I would just do a quick (ish!) bit on what each of the horses have been up to, so starting with the big man as he is obviously at the top of the list! I had him out a few times in Jan and Feb to BS at SNEC and Morris, he loved this idea and was very fresh but picked up a nice 5th in the Foxhunter at Morris, it did have the desired effect though as at Lincoln he was a lot more focused doing a lovely test and double clear finishing in 5th in the OI, it was then a speedy re apperance for him at Burgham CIC*** where he was just a little wild in the Dressage but jumped a lovely double clear at least he loves his job! Weston Park was his last run before Badminton and a much more settled test and two lovely rounds jumping, just catching one pole in the SJ, so we are now on the final count down to Badminton.
Yorkie also started off his season with a couple of trips out BS with a 4th in his first outing in the Newcomers before going to Burgham for the OI, he did a nice test but the weather wasn't fantastic so after he had a few poles in the SJ I didn't want to risk him XC. Weston was next on the cards for him and I had a fab run xc in the OI and we are just back form Burgie where he was 3rd in the OI after doing a nice double clear.
Harry has been twinkling his toes both BS and Eventing winning a Newcomers at Morris and SNEC as well as finishing 6th in his first Novice at Burgham and then winning Dalkieth and feeling really smart which is exciting, but just to make sure I don't get too carried away he got a bit stressy and strong on the XC at Burgie so I retired him and will reorganize for Floors.
Oliver and Sky had a few Arena Event outings and a trip to BS, Sky as usual showing the boys how it should be done! And Oliver giving me the run around! But we have had a very useful winter with him and I think I have finally found a bit that he likes and he is feeling good. Burgham BE100 was the first run for them and it was very wet and muddy but both seemed to love the it with Sky doing a lovely double clear, Oliver was a little cheeky but felt good, we then took him to do a HT at Forresterseat where he finished 2nd in the open which was then a little catching as he was also 2nd in the BE100 at Dalkieth, whoop whoop!!!! With another nice clear XC at Burgie in not the nicest weather which wasn't encouraging me to really put the foot down.
Paddy hasn't been eventing as yet but has had some Arena Eventing and BS outings which he thought was a lot of fun, doing his BS on a ticket which was a shame as otherwise he would have won a little money being 3rd in the DN. We are just working away at home with him at the moment just to try and build more established basics.
The new boy on the block is Morris who is a very nice 6 yr old with low mileage, so most of the work has been done behind the scenes with trips xc Schooling and Jumping down at Edenside. He went to Forresterseat HT to do 80cm and was a wee star small hesitation going into the water but a great attitude. We took him up to Burgie which is always a great learning experience for the young ones and he did the 80cm Arena Event on Saturday which he won (go Morris!) then the BE event in a total white out on the Sunday, doing a very nice test 28.8 then clear SJ, XC wee look at the ditch but very low mileage at mo so practice will make perfect hopefully!
Ahhh I think we are just about caught up with all the news!
Just before moving on to this year, I was doing a little investigation on how last year went and I did a little tot up of horses to complete both Badminton and Burghley in 2014 and the mighty Duck was one of only 5 to complete both, a good year for him hopefully we will have as much fun in 2015.
We kept all the horses ticking along over Christmas and New Year and they are now all set to go Arena Eventing in a couple of weeks or do some Show Jumping. Harry has been the only one out competing, still showing off his Show Jumping moves! He had another trip to Morris and was 2nd in the Discovery as well as going to Howe where he was 3rd in the Discovery and double clear in the Newcomers, it’s quite fun when you are on such a careful jumper!!!
New in for the New Year on the horse front is Sky, who I had down here in the summer for Claire Smith, when Claire was struggling to have time to do her plus her other commitments. Claire then had her home and was 2nd in the BE90 at Burgie but was still struggling to find time to do her. So I have bought a share in her and am thrilled to have her back! I liked her in the summer and I am loving her at the moment, the plan is to find her a really good competitive home, but I wont be in a rush to sell her on as she is SMART, a real junior team prospect. I also have a very nice TB called Joey in, who is just being re started at the moment he is a really lovely person so hopefully he will be fun to do, although early days at the moment.
I have a few XC training Clinics coming up at Rockrose on the 15th Jan, 12th Feb, 11th March, 15th April and on the 8th and 21st Feb at Edenside, if you are looking for dates to put in your diary.
Well I cant believe the last post was Burghley, that does seem like quite a while a go now! Duck has had his holiday, done his walking and trot work on the road and is now clipped and starting to build back up the arena work! He is feeling great and quite fresh, I think he is looking forward to the parties starting again!
After Burghley I wound down the BE competitions and concentrated on getting a bit more education for the younger horses. We have some quite good Hunter Trails round and about us and so rather then trail 4hr to get to a BE100, I made use of them and quite often the prize money is better!!!!! We had Harry and Ben for the open classes and Levi for the 75/80 cm ones. Ben was just in for a brief bit for some Schooling and a few more mile on the clock before the end of the season whilst owner Elana Chilton had an operation to mend her finger. Ben is the 3rd of Elana's horses to come for a stay at Craigow over the years and I always enjoy having them as she picks good jumpers! Levi (AKA Duckling) is a slightly smaller addition at 14.1hh he was a project that I bought with Janice and what a little cracker he is, although he has been sold to a client he will stay here till the spring, which we are all really pleased about as such a fun pony.
Going back to the Hunter trails, Levi was the best at Glenfarg coming 2nd in his class with Janice pretty good start for a first go at 4 yrs old, Harry was 3rd in the Open and Ben jumped well just showing up a few green spots in his education when it came to skinny's, so a little home work for him got that nicely sorted. Gleneagles was the next and I had a shot on Levi for that, another really nice clear but he knew what it was all about this time so we were a little speedy for the time. Harry picked up a prize in the open and felt great and I had a really nice clear on Ben as well so a nice way to round off the competitions.
It was then time for a bit of rider down time and I headed for the Airport to catch up with my sister and 7 friends in the South of France. If you check out this link you can see what happened in THE LITTLE FRENCH ADVENTURE courtesy of Camilla Rutherford who takes amazing photos and writes much better than me!
After living it up in Biarritz it was back to the glamorous job of horse rider! And a sit tight horse rider at that as Yorkie and Duck where all coming back into work. The majority of the outings with the horses have just been training since my return but I have made it to Morris to do some BS with Harry who was on cracking form jumping lovely double clears in the 1.05/1.10 Handicap and also the 1.10 picking up a 3rd and a 5th he does love his Show Jumping. I also got to snaffle Rusty back for 10 days which was fab, although not so good as I then didn't want to give him back after being reminded what a pocket rocket he is. The reason for his return was the Mary King Demo at Gleneagles, where I was a demo rider, it was always a little bit of a gamble taking him as he loves a party but hates a crowd, so can get tense in big atmosphere situations, so the 600 spectators was a challenge but other than being a bit on his toes he coped really well and enjoyed himself and definitely didn't give any hint as to slowing down with age, 17 going on 4 more like!
We have two new horses, Zeus a 4yr old and Paddy an 8 yr old ex race horse. Zeus is just in to further his education and has been coming on really well with trips to Edenside and Howe and looks an extremely promising horse for the future, as there is a lot of scope with his paces and his jump, together with a good mind, which is very exciting. Paddy is a little smaller than Zeus but has a very tidy jump and moves well, having been out of racing for 18 months, I am excited to see what next year will bring for him as he is could be a lot of fun, he is picking everything up well and we are seeing improvements from him all the time. Sponsorship wise I am really pleased to be using and backing Sorbeo Horse Bedding we are a long term user of wood pellets and these are great quality and value, so definitely worth a wee look at their website and possibly a little try!
Other goings on have been the BE Scotland ball which is always a fun evening although a challenge to recognize anyone with out their crash hats on! I picked up the award with Duck for the Scottish owned horse that is highest in the BE rankings. Duck has had a fab year and has he finished in 36th place in the BE rankings. With Nereo and Opposition Buzz the two places above and = with Clifton Promise so very smart company! I finished in 56th place so very pleased with my team of horses.
At 5.45am we got Duck out and gave him a walk, checked him over, trotted him up and he was looking good! Ali had her walk cut out as he had obviously been having a very good sleep in a pile of poo and had a huge stable stain on his head!
On the way to the trot up we put Dave to good use for Equisox outside of Burghley House – I must admit that I was a little bit stressed that we would miss our spot but hopefully Dave got some good pictures for them!
He was very keen to be back in the main arena and set off in the biggest trot on the way back! He passed with no problems and I also managed to win the Burghley Best Dressed lady which is fantastic for Blues and Browns – a big thank you to them for kitting me out so well!
After that we went back down and got ready to show jump. I rode him up for that and he felt very good, loose and happy. He jumped a lovely round and definitely not too worse for wear after yesterday. It was really frustrating to have the gate down, but he jumped well and I have no complaints. So we have done another Burghley and completes seven 4*’s now so he is amazing!
We had one more trip to the main arena for the parade and he was very on his toes! He will come home and have a rest now and then pick him up again at the end of the year with the plan of having some fun show jumping him over winter before next year.
So now we are back to swap from the gold lorry to our own one which has been fixed (fingers crossed!) – a huge thanks again to William Moorhouse. So we are currently on our way to change everything over to our own lorry before coming back up the road – if we are lucky we will get home for 1am!
I’ve got three that are waiting for some entertainment when we get back and two new ones coming in for a little bit so it won’t be that quiet!
A massive thanks to Dave Cameron for all of his amazing pictures both over the weekend and over the season.
We woke up this morning to lovely sunshine and everything was still pretty relaxed. My dressage time was just after 10am so Ali got Duck ready and plaited him and then I got on. It’s quite a nice long leg stretch on the way up there, we had a good trot around and he was feeling quite fresh, especially when the crowds were clapping, but as soon as he went in under the arch he had his game face on. I was happy with him going in to the arena – he went in and there and got down to business.
I am really pleased with Duck, he went really nicely, I would rather it was in the 40’s than the 50’s [51.8], but I don’t feel there is a lot that I would change – he felt solid and established, the changes were good and clean. He was comfy with the test and felt good. We are currently sitting in 24th position after dressage.
Since dressage we have been up to the shops and then we went to watch some of the BYEH classes. I did a little stint on the celebrity talk area this afternoon which was really good and nice to meet everyone as well as catching up with old friends. I went walk the course again today after the BYEH had finished as I wanted to walk it from start to finish all the way through.
This evening I am having supper – there are some very nice smells coming from the lorry park and we are lucky that we can sit outside! After supper I will concentrate on preparing for tomorrow.
Tomorrow morning I will walk the course again for one last time. The course has a Burghley feel to it – it looks fair but you are going to need to jump it. My cross country time is 1.46pm and I will keep you updated.
We set off for Burghley on Tuesday morning after a final run through with Liz on the flat and we actually managed to leave on time! We were doing very well until Penrith when we pulled in to swap drivers and then as soon as we came off the motorway the lorry majorly over heated complete with steam and smoke. The breakdown guys were great and came quick – they thought they had it sorted by they weren’t very happy with it so we had to decided we didn’t want to risk taking it all the way down the motorway.
Luckily William Moorhouse came to the rescue and so, thanks to him, we have a replacement which we have borrowed to come to Burghley, but by the time all this had been put into place we didn’t arrive at the Moorhouses until 6.45pm. Luckily they had a stable for Duck but we probably didn’t finish swapping kit until about 11pm. We then decided that it was best to wait until the morning before starting on our way again.
So we left at 7am and managed to get down just in time for the rider briefing at 11am – phew! The gold lorry we have borrowed is lovely and is actually for sale if anyone is looking for a lovely four stall have a look at their website.
Duck had a couple of hours break and settled into his stable before I took him for a long ride. I think Ali was getting a little worried after a while but we had a lovely hack, did some schooling in a quiet corner of a field and then went into the main arena and managed to bump into Angie from Mountain Horse and had a quick chat there.
Then we went back to the stables and Ali got Duck all tidied up and plaited then off to the trot up wearing my new Blues and Browns kit – thank you for all the kind comments about how nicely dressed I was – Blues and Browns are definitely to thank for beautifying me and a thank you to Dave Cameron for the wonderful pictures.
Duck sailed through the trot up which was super, he then went back to his stable for some ‘Duck time’.
Last night I then managed to catch up with some old uni friends in Stamford and had some lovely pub food, which was really nice.
Today (Thursday) I have had Duck out for a leg stretch and then we walked the course. It is definitely Burghley but the course looks great.
I am about to take him to do some arena familiarisation before going to the drinks party in the House this evening followed by the Event Riders Association dinner before coming back and getting focussed for dressage tomorrow.
I am riding at 10.16am tomorrow so that will be a good amount of time in the morning to get him ready and go. Then the rest of the day I will walk the course again and get ready for XC day and catch up with some more sponsors.
Eeek lorry nearly all packed for Burghley just Duck, Mum, Ali, Ginty and me to load up! Its been a pretty full on week trying to make sure that every box is ticked before heading off, but Duck is feeling fab so we are all set.
The others have also been out and about, we had Harry in the BE100 at Hendersyde and Oliver and Sky in the BE90, they all had posh shoes on in the Dressage that had them all around the top of the placing’s, Harry and Oliver both SJ Clear and Sky just touched one so good there. Oliver was a wee bit green at the start so had a little wobble to the second fence then got better and better as he went on, a 20 pens for him but still improving. Sky also picked up a 20 when she got a real surprise coming face to face with the elephant styled jump, but after a brief pause to check all was ok she whizzed round the rest. Harry was also not impressed with Nelly and his eyes were well and truly out on stalks. I didn’t really like the design of it as its trunk bends back in the direction of the rider and horse’s head, so as he was being a bit wriggly I didn’t want to risk him hurting himself so called it a day as he was feeling very happy till then.
It was then up to Blair which was a bit of a logistics mission as we had horses up for a bit, then swapped them for some others, so we had 5 up over the competition. Duck was first on doing the CIC *** guinea pig test in some very heavy rain. It was then over to the Working Hunter ring with Oliver and Sky they both jumped really nice clears in a massive class, 64 starters. I was going to take Sky back in, but not being a regular on the showing circuit the rules have changed since I last did it and you are now not allowed to wear back SJ boots for the jumping, so poor old Sky missed out on a gallop! Oliver stepped up though and behaved immaculately, he was pulled in first and finished up 2nd which was fab. It was then a quick smarten up and out to take some photos with Dave Cameron Photography for a press release to announce my teaming up with Blues and Browns, who will be making me look very glam at trot ups from now on.
The second day at Blair was SJ day, Yorkie jumped in the 1.15 for 4 faults in the jump off and touching two in the 1.20. Duck just had a spin round the 1.20 and was wild, he thought he should really show off, nice clear and a rosette from him though. Harry had to wait a very long time for his class and missed the second as first hadn’t started before the second finished, I was really chuffed with him finishing in 3rd out of a massive class which only had 4 double clears.
The following day was more SJ Duck and Yorkie both jumped the 1.20 in the morning and both had the 1st fence in the Jump off, whoops! They then went on to jump the 1.25 in the main arena and I was really pleased with them both, Duck jumped a really smart clear and Yorkie just touched one pole but a really good outing for him. It was then Harry’s turn and he did his first 1.10 and again jumped a cracker of a round to be one of not many double clears so another rosette for him, good boy!
Day 4 was a little less busy on the jumping front, and I just jumped Harry in the 1.10 Championship, where he did a lovely clear in the first round, couple of poles in the Jump off where I just had him a little short off the turn, but not much to complain about with him.
Richmond was the following Friday’s party, with Yorkie in the OI, Harry and Oliver in the BE100. Yorkie jumped a lovely double clear to finish up 9th, he felt really settled in the SJ ring so Blair definitely been helpful there. Harry was also double clear and 9th, nice dressage and on a mission XC. I had taken Oliver down as the lorry was going but never planned on running him XC, but I was very pleased with his SJ, one pole but plenty to look at so more mileage gained.
If you want to see what is going on at Burghley this week the best place to catch up is on Burghley TV where you can click on a competitors name and it will show you their Dressage, XC and SJ. Hopefully I have attached the link!
Duck was back at one of his favourite Events and on tip top form jumping a lovely double clear at Eglington to finish 2nd in the Advanced, he was a little on his toes in the Dressage which was expensive, putting in a change up the centre line and having a bit of a buck just before the extended but more focused than at Hopetoun! I was also really pleased with Yorkie who finished up 6th in the Advanced, he was also little on his toes in the Dressage so a 37 for him, a couple of poles SJ but then felt really classy round the 1st half of the course, a little surprised by the big drop down into the home field which led on to a run out at the corner at the bottom of the field but then settled well and finish really well. So starting to turn into a good Advanced horse!
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.