Rusty did his test on Thursday morning and I was really pleased with him he stayed relaxed and baring a little break before the second medium he did a really nice test, bits to work on over the winter but there always is!. Yorkie was on Friday and again I felt a big improvement with how he is going the down side was that both he and I tried to sabotage his test with me going wrong twice and him stressing into the canters, but otherwise a really good test that is being to show signs of getting very smart!
Cross Country was on Saturday afternoon and Rusty set the standard high by giving me a cracking ride round the 3 star, so nippy on his feet and really straight. The course proved to be really tough and half the field was knocked out leaving him in 8th over night. The 2 star was also proving to be a tough track, so I was really chuffed that Yorkie jumped a good clear. He was quite strong which was expensive on the time but I definitely can’t knock him on his bravery! As long as I can point him at it he seems to Jump it! I think I might have been one of the few that was pleased there were hills and mud as it meant that he was a bit more settled from the top of the hill on. So more minor tweaks to be made to the bitting and then hopefully he will be great.
They trotted up well on Sunday morning before Show Jumping in the afternoon. Yorkie jumped one of only five double clears to finish 16th in the 2* and then Rusty jumped really well just knocking two poles, but staying 8th. All being well and with a lot of cotton wool for them both, he will hopefully join Duck on the road for Badminton, in the spring.
On my return from Blair I got an e-mail for British Eventing, to say that Elton had in fact won the Scottish Novice Championships, which was a lovely surprise and great that having won the Novice there last year he went back to win again. BE had made a bit of a mess up, which meant that poor Olivia was put in the wrong class with Zebedee, being Grade 1 he was not eligible to be in the Novice Champs, so the results have been amended.