Emily Portas update

My horses have had some good results the last few weeks. In Wales, Dalusha (my 6 year old) got a few good placings and also really stepped up a level to have a go at a HOYS Newcomers regional final. She just had a fence in the first jump-off, but it was bigger than she had ever tackled before – 1.35m+, and she still came 18th out of 140 competitors so I was thrilled with her. Dalina (my 5 year old) was extremely consistent; she got double-clears and equal first place in all the 5 year old classes at the show. I’ve just returned from competing at Weston lawns, where I just started to test Dalusha against the clock over the bigger fences. She had a couple of higher placings in the Foxhunter classes, and also qualified for the blue ribband foxhunter final at the scope festival of show-jumping later in the summer. Dalina competed in her first newcomers competitions and gained 2 x 2nd placings out of 80+ competitors, and also qualified for the 5 year old final to be run at the Weston Lawns Young Horse Championships early September. Again, I was so pleased with the girls! In between Wales and Weston Lawns Dalina also achieved a 2nd placing in a British Novice regional at Patchetts equestrian centre, so has qualified for the novice final at the scope festival of show-jumping. We have decided to let Dalina and Dalusha have a quieter couple of weeks now, although we don’t take them out every week, they have done a couple of bigger shows, plus they are working up the grades quite quick as they are so consistent. A bit of ‘chill’ time at home will do them the world of good, plus it will allow me time to focus on my two 4 year olds and get them up and competing.

Emily Portas

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