I took my 14hh dun mare (Winnal Bee Bee Banwee) in the ONu18 (equivalent to BE novice
height, 1m10-1m15) where she did not one of her best dressage tests & scored 38, & I know she
is capable of better. She didn’t use to be the most careful jumper but she’s finally got the hang
of tucking up her legs – and just tipped the LAST fence in the showjumping, which was a shame!
She then went on to tackle the tricky novice cross-country course, with brush corners, skinnies,
drops into water & big, up-to-height wooden tables, but flew round clear with no jumping
penalties. We had 12 time penalties as I decided to take it slowly as it was a tricky XC course &
she is still green. We finished 13th – which I am still thrilled with!
On Sunday I took my 5YO grey 16hh, Rainstown Frost. He was rather surprised at the muddy
dressage arena’s but just about held it together for a dressage score of 36 in the BE100. I was
rather surprised when I saw the showjumping – now this may seem very precocious – but it
did seem rather under-height. I have made the mistake of letting Frosty’s (Rainstown Frost)
scope get to me – as he happily pops 1m10+ at home, so was quite nonchalant jumping this
smaller course & wasn’t putting as much effort in as he should – therefore rolling a pole, only the
2nd time he has had 4 faults this season. So slightly disappointing, but it has helped me make
the decision to aim him for Novice early next season, as he is finding BE100 simple enough so he
should benefit from the step up & bigger fences. He flew around the XC clear, & inside the time,
which Iwas very pleased with & is a great end to the season for him.
I also brought along my bay 6YO 14.2hh for the BE100plus on Sunday, Bay Leg (aka Joey); he
didn’t perform his most accurate dressage test, but scored 39.5, which I was quite surprised at
as I had predicted it would probably be higher. He jumped really well in the show-jumping & just
touched one pole, but made up for it XC by going clear, inside the time. Over the winter I will be
doing Pony Training with him, and will compete him in Pony Trials next season along side Winnal
Bee Bee Banwee, which I’m very excited about.
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