Name: Daisy Coakley
Horse/s for 2014::
Best 2013 Results:
Three titles at BD Nationals, BE Novice Wins, top 5 placing at One Star level, Selection onto Excel Talent Programme and through to the ‘Young Professional’s’ final in March.
Reach Advanced Medium and Two Star Level.
Think Positive and be prepared.
Success with multiple horses throughout the season.
Cracker Jack, my first pony. He is a real character, he used too come in the kitchen!
“To succeed in life you need three things..a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone” R. McEntire
Seems like an age since I last blogged ! Finding the time to sit down and blog has become increasingly difficult…today it is pouring with rain…it is time! Louis has been the horse to cause me the most worry in the past few months. The event season was off to a great start, Louis was feeling fit and raring to go for Aston le Walls Intermediate Under21 Event, and he didn’t disappoint. We posted a leading dressage score of 25.9 followed by a great clear show jumping round. We went onto the Cross Country in pole position. There was a hold on course before I went out the start box while the groundsmen repaired the landing of the water jump at fence five. Louis jumped a fantastic round tackling all the tricky combinations and both water elements with no problem. However the ecstatic feeling of crossing the finish line with a double clear quickly faded when I looked down at my shirt to see it covered in blood. Louis’ knee was gaping open and there was blood everywhere. His knee had split from impact with one of the fences. Luckily at affiliated events there is a vet on site, this was the fourth phase of our event that day. Louis had a lot of stitches and was condemned to box rest, not a good outcome for a fit eventer. After some intense care I am happy to say Louis is back on the road! He went out to Milton Keynes to do a Novice Event and jumped double clear 27 dressage. What a remarkable recovery. We are now looking forward to getting back on track!
This September I have two horses going forward to the National Dressage Championships, Bing who qualified at Addington Manor on 70.9% in 2nd place to Gareth Hughes in the Medium Open and Show-Off who qualified at Keysoe on 70.86% in the Novice Open. I have also attended a test riding day with Excel Talent Programme in-front of David Trott. I was lucky enough to take three horses who were all brilliant. Daya and Bing practiced medium 75 and Merri and I performed the PSG test.
Goring Heath 2014
Louis competed at Goring Heath open Novice, we were up with the lark to get the horses ready to travel. The journey was fairly stressful, and just as we gave in and dialled the number of the event organiser to admit we were lost, a tiny yellow sign pointed us in the right direction for the Horse Trials…phew! Directions are not my forte at the best of times, let alone at 6am with road closures! Louis was great to warm up, his trot and canter felt really through and connected. The dressage test went well, there were two small blips, the halt before rein back was brief and one excited transition. Louis mark wasn’t as low as we hoped for and he went onto the show jumping with 33 penalties. After jumping a great clear round we changed our kit and headed on to the cross-country phase. The cross country course at Goring was very strong, there were a lot of up to height questions from start to finish. Louis felt mega! I think I might have been smiling the whole way round (apart from when my teeth were gritted when I had the ride strong through the water complex). Louis finished with some time penalties but I’m thrilled with how well he is feeling and jumping.
He is looking so well thanks to his diet plan on Blue Chip Pro, he has never looked so well during autumn. Usually at this time of year he drops weight, thanks to a coat change, but this year his coat and weight are great! Our next event is Morton Morrell in a few weeks. Between now and then I have training on Louis with Ian Woodhead and Jonathan Chapman. And training on the dressage horses with Gareth Hughes, Ali Berman and Dan Sheriff in lead up to the BD Nationals.
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