We have been back to reality after Burghley with the next event being a BE100 at Turnberry with Spike and Stan, it was a little bit more low key!!!!! I only ran them both in the Dressage and Show Jumping as the ground on the cross country was really terrible, in fact I dont think I have every pulled out from a competition because of the ground before but it was so deep and holding in places I did'nt think it would have any benifit to either of them. It was a shame to withdraw Stan as he was in the lead after the show Jumping having done a really nice Dressage in the twenties again and a pole show jumping . Spike was at his first BE event and it was a great place to go as there was loads of space to warm up for the dressage and nice flat arenas, he did a nice test a little bit green in places but no added twiddles or anything, so I was pleased with that. He then Show Jumped and just had a pole, he tried really hard and was giving everything plenty of air so I was happy to put him back on the lorry having had a good time and seen a bit more of life.
We then moved on to Aske this weekend with the two BE100 again and Elton added to the lorry to have a run in the Intermeditate. Elton has been feeling really good since Blair and this was carried through to Aske. He was quite on his toes in the Dressage which led to a blip in one of his mediums but otherwise a really nice test with lots of lift! Which left him on a Score of 34. We then move on to the Show Jumping which always re-shuffle's everything about a bit as the arena has a few undulations, but I was'nt expecting that to cause Elton much bother. Hummmmm, he had other ideas! He went in feeling like he was Gods Gift who really didn't need a jockey to cramp his style, so off he went and set about re-modeling the course. So that was the end of his day out! Although it sounds like a major blip, I am not to worried, he was just so fresh he was a bit too keen at everything, so more parties to make him work a bit harder and just because he has done a 1* does not make him the greatest horse in the stable!!!
This meant that the two little boys had to really pull their fingers out to make sure it wasn't all doom and gloom in the lorry on the way home! And they both did that, Stan did a nice test again, Spike wasn't far behind with a much more grown up test which is really promising for next year. Stan then had a pole in the show jumping but flew round the cross country to finish 6th, his pole was expensive, the difference between 1st and 6th. Spike had a few poles in the Show jumping but a winters work will sort that as it was just greeness and he is improving all the time at the moment which is really fun. He then jumped a lovely clear cross country so is now a proper eventer!!!!!
The horse that has been going really well though is Brillo (Melody River) who I lent to Mark Moran at the start of the Summer, Mark was a complete beginner and I wasn't sure what I was letting Brillo in for, as rising trot was a challenge, canter and Jumping were'nt even on the cards! But the pair of them are on track to take over form Mark Todd at the top of the Eventing tree. As they have just been 9th and 6th at Craigie and Strathearn Hunter Trails with two clear rounds in the 3 ft class! Mark now looks like he has being been riding for years, rather than less than a year and Brillo and he look a great partnership.
I have just entered the Fife Hunt Hunter trail with Spike and Stan for a bit of fun and a little bit more mileage for Spike so that is the next entertainment, before I dust of the bling, to compete with the Show Jumpers!