Chloe Fairley: Taking on 2017


Chloe has been back in touch with us to tell us her plans for 2017 and they have certainly started well!

So Christmas came and went in a blur and to kick off 2017, we had our first competitive outing at Port Royal EEC. We are lucky that we live only an hour away from Port Royal EEC and they were holding an Arena Eventing competition. I entered our five year old Flash in both the 80 and 85cm classes, and Biscuit (Skelton Beth), in the 85cm and 90cm classes as I am trying to get gradually used to the 10cm higher jumps in time for the start of the season. For the first time this winter we have all our horses turned out and they come in to be exercised and given their Blue Chip Original in their feeds. They seem very happy but it is not ideal when you have to leave with a clean horse at 7.30am. Flash has quite a lot of white so three baths later he was just about fit for public viewing!

Flash was on first and our dressage was probably quite entertaining to watch – canter at the moment is pretty hairy and staying inside the arena boards is the main aim! Lots to work on in the coming months I think! My sister co-owns him with me and she proudly declared that there were moments where he reminded her of Valegro. I think she had her Rose-tinted spectacles on that day… I was pleased with his jumping with just one rolled pole in each class. No rosettes but a happy first outing as a five year old!

Biscuit was brilliant (being chestnut and having only one white sock she is luckily much easier to clean as well) – We were very proud to be competing in our Blue Chip numnah! She was very calm in the dressage and scored 28 followed by a double clear in the 85cm class. So she won! I couldn’t have asked for more. A good dressage but a couple of rolled poles in the 90cm (rider error again) left us in 2nd place so a good day was had by all 

I was also delighted to hear Blue Chip are again sponsoring the North West BE80T Challenge in 2017. My sister and husband have both expressed a desire to have a go after watching from the sidelines in 2016. It could get competitive in our yard….

We have our first British Eventing event in our sights and it is only 6 weeks away. Biscuit and I are aiming for the BE90 at Epworth and we will take Flash in the BE80T. In the meantime I am hoping to go to a jumping clinic at Bishop Burton with Sue Ringrose and fit in some cross country schooling somewhere. We also have the British Riding Clubs area team show jumping qualifier at the end of February. Go team Malton!

I also have to say that quite a few people have commented on what great condition the horses are in this year.

Thank you Blue Chip!

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