“Chatsworth was fantastic as always, we had a great day and even brought a frilly home so happy days!!! Annie was entered into the new Arena eventing class. This consisted of a show jumping course followed by the same amount of cross country fences. Chatsworth is my favourite ever event so I enjoyed every minute of it with lots of family and friends coming to watch and cheer us on!
Annie jumped such a super round, the closest clear to the optimum time wins and luckily I had rode a good pace and was very close to the time given. We came 2nd which was just amazing only 1 second away from 1st place! We had a mounted prize giving which was really nice and had lots of pictures taken for the class sponsors and local magazines.
Next up was Somerford BE100 and we were stepping up a level. It’s a very bold course that needs attacking so I felt this would be a good starting point to go on from! (OK maybe I’m slightly mad!) I felt mad walking the course, even a little sick, however she did a lovely test for 35.8 again I rode a little too cautiously, but the ground was churned up 2nd to last to go in the section and after all heavy downpour I felt it was necessary to protect her a little in the arena so she didn’t lose her balance. Next time I will be telling myself to ride more positively! The show jumping was rather challenging, I was over the moon to jump one of 11 clears in the section, Annie showed her talent by helping me out over a couple I forgot to kick at!!!
The cross country felt a long time coming, which I hate if anyone knows me because I sit and stew!! I like to kick on and get the job done. Anyway the heavens opened and it started to chuck it down for half an hour the ground was rather wet to say the least. There were only 5 left to run XC before me in my section and one was held on course. After a short delay things started moving again.
As I headed into the start box and was on the count down from 20 seconds there was unfortunately another hold on course… Poor Annie.. POOR ME!!! At least I wasn’t on my way round the course,10 minutes later thankfully they seemed OK so 30 second count down and we were finally off!
Annie gave me such an amazing ride, I was absolutely buzzing and must of talked so much on the way back to the box full of adrenaline! We looked at the brilliant live scoring to see we have finished 10th yey another lovely frilly so the future seems very bright with my fab little Shannondale horsey! Onwards to Shelford Manor.”
“Sandra Burton and Fly the Last Flute featured in the Horse and Hound this week after picking up their qualification for the Royal International Horse Show at BSPS Area 1B. Banks Timber has also qualified for the Royal International Horse Show at BSPS Area 2B last weekend.”
“Dauphin has recovered remarkably well from his accident and made it to the Winter regionals at the end of February (his first outing since his surgery at the Dick Vet in October), coming 3rd in the Elementary Restricted! The next weekend he won two Elementaries and got a mention in the Horse & Hound for his successful recovery. He has since been out twice more in April: another win at Elementary completed his qualification for the summer regionals, and he also won his first Medium!
My next plans are to go out and do some more Mediums, to qualify for the Area Festival at Medium Bronze. When the winter regional qualifiers begin in late-June, I will go out and aim to get my Elementary Silver qualification. I would also like to create a floor plan and music so that I can get an Elementary Silver Music qualification. I aim to compete at the Cabin Summer Regional at Elementary Silver and at Gordon Dressage Group Area Festival at Medium Bronze, both in August.
Dauphin has recovered well from his operation and is looking fantastic on his Blue Chip Original Balancer right now, which is great as he is always very difficult to keep the weight on! His training is also progressing very well and we have been teaching him flying changes recently.”
“We have been manically busy with competitions. April took part in the National Riding Club championships at Keysoe where they came individual 3rd nationally. April and Robin were also asked to represent British Dressage BYRDS South West team and will be competing at the end of June in North Yorkshire. We are awaiting to see if they are selected to ride on the British Dressage England BYRDS team, which is very exciting.
They also rode at the Under 21’s dressage training camp on the Great Britain team. A fun competition where April and Elegance were Elementary Champions and gained two gold medals & team GB won. They have had countless wins at novice & elementary qualifying for the BD regionals on both horses.
I have managed to get out with my Team Quest senior and junior teams who have had great results and are at the top of the regional leader board. I am proud that I have helped train six riders who have been selected to ride for the BD south west BYRDS team.
We are busy schooling & training horses for many riders doing their GCSE’s. I am so proud of April who, to help fund her hobby, is schooling six horses a day and finding time to revise AND also taking her GCSEs, which shows her true dedication and commitment to her sport.
April is one of the few riders that have been selected with two horses to ride on the BYRDS B squad teams.”
“Corky has been out at 2 BE events in May. We were at the beautiful Floors Castle at the beginning of the month, where unfortunately the dressage was all too exciting for Corky which was very fairly reflected in our score! Fortunately the jumping was better, rolled a couple of show jumps but he stormed round their tricky XC with no problems.
We then knuckled down with our dressage coach Karen for a few weeks before heading off to the BHS borders Grand show and then onto the BE Belsay last weekend. Going back to basics in our lessons has made a massive difference and we are now up to scoring high 60s for our dressage which is super. Our score of 32.8 at Belsay was a PB for eventing dressage! We have British Dressage coming up where we hope to collect our last qualifying sheet for the area festival.
Lucas has been out doing more BS picking up DCs at both 85 and 90 at Blue Ridge Equestrian and the Scottish National Equestrian Centre. He is now just missing on last 85 DC to qualify for second rounds with the aim of competing at the amateur final at Aintree in the autumn.
June is super busy for Corky with Lucas having a well-deserved rest. Corky will competing at the British Dressage Festival at Rockrose Equestrian, BE short course at Hopetoun, and then full BE at Warwick Hall.
We all then have a weekend off so I can go and spectate for a change at the Royal Highland Show.”
“8th and 9th June- I went to Arena UK and had a great show! Ocean Breeze won the 90cm Open both days. Lapaloma was 2nd in the 1m Open on day one and won it on day two and Stanhopes Good Friday won the 1m Open on day one and was 3rd in the 1m on day two. Such a fantastic show with great prize money on offer. I came home with £470 in winnings!!!
12th June – I took Ocean Breeze and Lapaloma to Harrogate. I jumped 3 classes and won them all! Ocean Breeze won both the 90cm Open and the 95cm Amateur and Lapaloma won the 1m Open. Very pleased with how they’ve all jumped recently!
Saturday 18th June: I went to Willow Banks where I had a really good show. Ocean Breeze won the 90cm open, Lapaloma won the 1m open and Stanhopes Good Friday was 2nd in the 110 open.
Sunday 19th June: I went to Speetley where again I had a very good show. Ocean Breeze won the 90cm open and the 95cm open, Lapaloma won the 1m open and Stanhopes Good Friday won the 110 open, I jumped 7 rounds over the weekend won 6 of them and was 2nd in the other! Now the horses will have a couple of weeks chilling out.”
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