October marked the start of the Indoor season for us, with our first event on the 9th, where we had a fantastic day out, enjoying the beautiful facilities at Sparsholt College.
We had the dubious pleasure of being the first competitor in the arena for paces and precision (dressage), which also meant being the first person of the season to drive the new test. Jasper proved how much he has improved over the summer to put in a score of 32.5, whereas this time last year he was scoring results in the 40’s. I was particularly pleased with how much more relaxed he is at events these days, acting like he’s been doing it forever, rather than a year!
The cones proved to be a challenging course and I was slightly frustrated to have one ball down, although we came away with just 3 time penalties. In Indoor HDT you must hit the optimum time exactly else you will receive time penalties, last year we normally had around 10 time penalties so Jasper has once again shown huge improvement.
Obstacles are usually my nemesis and this was where Jasper really showed how much he has matured over the past year, as he flew round having some of the fastest times for us to finish 3rd overall in a large Novice Pony Class as well as being Best Junior. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was with his performance, which after all when bringing on young ponies is so much more important then what colour rosette you bring home.
Jasper is looking shiny, despite being clipped out and we receive many compliments about how good he is looking. A season of outdoors has done him the world of good, both physically and mentally. He has put on a huge amount of muscle and is filling out by the day, and gradually learning his job and finding he enjoys it immensely. He has a spring in his step and with Fortune Teller out on loan is very conscious he is the star of the yard! His increased performance is partly down to hard work and partly down to the excellent quality nutrition he receives from his Blue Chip Original ensuring he is always raring to go.
Some other exciting news is that I have finally sent my university application off, sat my admissions test and passed my driving test. I hope this will enable to me to fulfill my veterinary ambitions as well as being able to devote more time to horses and less filling in bits of paper!
I have also been asked to be the British Young Drivers Area representative for the South West region and to be our Media officer so look out for some articles written by me in equestrian press. I am really excited about this and looking forward to the challenges that come with both roles.
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