An Update from Becci Harrold Eventing

Becci has been in touch with her latest blog, and it would seem that August has been full of highs, lows and a new addition to her team. Read on to find out what she has been up to this month!

Well, it has been a whirlwind the last month. Annie has been such a superstar with her performance, that I have now been able to fine tune parts to enable us to get those all-important last few marks that we need to get us where we want to be. I have focused so much on the dressage, but I must admit it has been rather frustrating as per usual! She achieved some fantastic marks in May/June but they have slightly gone up from 20’s to low 30’s which has been a shame for qualifications.

We went to Breckenbrough for a tough BE100 run and that it was! So many skinnies, combinations and angled brushes that tested us both but she jumped another brilliant double clear, and it was just the dressage that held us back with a reasonable score of 32.5 placing us 7th. This was a blow as we needed to be in 6th place to gain another regional final qualification.

We then scheduled in mid-week the new BEDE Eventer Trial, who are going to hold a final at Osberton for the top 30 placed riders. Annie was super, and jumped a double clear, picking up 2nd place which gave us 9 points and enough to get us into the final which I am really looking forward to.

Up next was our first regional final at Shelford Manor. We knew it would be tough competition but I never thought I would be way down in 12th place with a 31 dressage double clear with the winner on a 20.5 dressage! Lots to work on I told myself on the way home!!

The following week all I did was work on the dressage and my up and coming test which was the BE105 in the long arena. I popped down to Sarah Healy’s for a lesson and we really worked on the consistency to the bridle. At the end we were both knackered but had felt we had mastered it finally, so off we went to our second regional final at Llanymynech feeling a lot more confident about the dressage. She did a really lovely test, but there were still a couple of parts that could be improved upon, like the buck over X when I asked for canter! But the whole test was so calm and consistent I came out beaming!!

I was gutted to see a mark of 32.5 which was about half way in the section, as I really did think it was high 20’s from the previous tests she has done, but then again I have to remember I am against a lot more established horses at the top of their game.

She did another amazing double clear but as I looked at my watch and saw I still had a minute to go, I stupidly slowed down at the end, picking up three time penalties for going too slow, as opposed to at Shelford when I went too fast! This cost us the place we so badly wanted to get us to Badders booo hoooo!! If I was 2 seconds over I would have qualified it was that close! There was only 0.1 seconds in it from 5th to 6th! Unfortuntely, for some reason it wasn’t meant to be our turn, so I am setting our sights firmly on Aske Regional Final coming up in a few weeks. It was nice to see us up there in top 6 I must admit, and it has given me confidence to keep going. We can do this!!

If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen an exciting new member joining my team called Shannondale Gold Run. She is a stunning 3 year old, unbroken grey roan mare with  the same Sire as Annie, Shannondale Sarco out of a TBxID mare by French Buffet. It is going to be really exciting to be involved with her training from the very start, including the breaking process which I have never done, so I will definitely be blogging about that experience! She arrives at the end of the week direct from the Shannondale Stud, and I am really grateful to Martin & Pat who have partnered Goldie to me from my wish list. Will keep you all posted.

Annie is off to the Yorkshire Challenge BE100 final in 2 weeks at Frickley, which I am hoping to successfully get round this time!! It will be perfect prep for her should we get to Badminton, as it is a top end BE100 course. Also, a familiar face is coming to stay with us… Candy Blue gets her old stable back for the weekend. Delighted to have Alison and Candy with us who are also competing in the BE105!

New horse

Shannondale Gold Run

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