Lou Doherty’s July Update!

June and July have been very busy months for me both at work and out competing with the horses. It has required lots of juggling my workload to make sure I have enough time for lessons and competitions too. I’m fortunately that I can be flexible with my working hours so if I need to leave early for an early evening lesson, I can then finish my work at home afterwards – I think they call it work life blend rather than work life balance!

 Over the two months Corky competed in four more BE100s with improving dressage scores, variable show jumping and faster clear XC runs. The first three events were at Belsay, Kirremuir and Forgandenny – we are starting to feel more established at BE100 now and our dressage seems to be better at this level as the test are a little more challenging. Our last event at Warwick Hall was abandoned due to heavy rain while we were in the XC warm-up but with some sizable fences out on the course and us still being relatively new at the level I didn’t mind – it seemed to be a sensible and safe decision by the officials.

 As our show jumping has still been a bit hit or miss so we have been going to schooling evenings at SNEC and Rockrose weekday evenings for extra practice and also spent a weekend competing at British Show Jumping. We managed to pick up a double clear at 95 qualifying for second rounds which was great but we need lots more practice until we feel consistent at this level.

 After a bit of time off recovering from overreaching and injuring himself Lucas has also been back out at British Show Jumping. He jumped two nice rounds at SNEC last weekend only taking one unlucky pole. We are off to Howe this weekend coming for some more jumping in preparation for three days of competing at Blair Castle International Horse Trails later in August. Corky is entered in the arena eventing on the Thursday and then both horses will compete in the British Show Jumping classes Friday – Sunday. Fortunately there will also be able to watch the British Eventing while we are there and maybe even some shopping. Fingers crossed for good weather for a change!

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