With the eventing season drawing to a close, Louise Doherty, Becci Harrold and David Doel have been reflecting on a successful season, what to improve and what to look forward to next year in their latest updates…
Well that’s 2016 wrapped up! The last few weeks have been fairly quiet compared to usual as lots of work has been going on with my house so Annie has had an easy run up to her last event. In hindsight this wasn’t the best idea as I have always found the more consistent her runs are the better she has gone!
On the run up to Norton Disney RF, she had 2 other finals to attend. At Vale View Equestrian Centre, she finished 8th in the Intermediate class at the Arena Eventing Championships and 10th in her other class despite picking up 4 faults, which she would have won if she didn’t have as she was spot on the optimum… typical! Still a good day was had and that set us up nicely for the Eventer Trial Champs at Osberton. This was held over the 5yo championship course, something I have always wanted to jump around. Although Annie didn’t manage it as a 5yo she flew round a year later picking up 3rd place which we were delighted with.
As we prepared for our last event I couldn’t prepare for how Annie was about to act! We turned up for the dressage warm up and low and behold, someone decided to sit right behind the dressage judge eating their breakfast behind the bushes which sent Annie into a spooky wreck! Luckily the judge asked them to move on, however she was now tight and tense! A 33.3 was a fair score, but I couldn’t help but feel disappointed after how amazing she has been feeling in this phase. I went show jumping before knowing my score which I think helped and she jumped a lovely clear round. We then looked at the scores before XC, and to our delight saw we were up there among the top few!
As we warmed up for XC the sun had begun to come out, making it hard for riders and horses to focus on the fences as it was very low. The one before me had a nasty fall at fence 3 and I must admit I had a terrible jump at it as well. We recovered and cantered onto fence 5 again in the same direction, the sun had created a shadow across the fence and Annie decided to spook at this strides out before, I should of reacted quicker and taken the alternative but I didn’t and that was it 20 pens added and our Badminton dreams over for this year! It was hard to not feel disappointed after last time missing out by 1 place, and again it being in our sights, but that’s how it goes and now I have got to decide whether to hold her back at 100 for another year or move her up to Novice! Decisions decisions!!
2016 Season Review
- 13 Events
- 10 Double Clears
- 54 Foundation Points
- 7 Double Clears and inside the time
- 9 top 10 placings
- 3 Regional Finals
- 11 Show Jumping clear rounds
- 11 Cross Country clear rounds
It’s been a busy month for Blue Chip sponsored rider, Louise Doherty but somehow, around moving house and planning a friend’s wedding, she has managed to squeeze in plenty of competitions with Lucas and Corky this month and here is her latest blog post to tell us what she has been up to!
‘This month, both horses have had a little time off as Corky pulled a muscle in his back and Lucas ended up with a cut under his eye! The things they will do to get a holiday! They are however, both back to their cheeky, normal selves and have come in now for the winter so a good clipping session is just around the corner.’
‘Much to his disappointment, Corky has only been competing at British Dressage competitions as until I am 100% happy with his back, we are taking a little break from jumping. We competed at the PetPlan Area Festival a few weeks ago, and as it was our first competition back after his break, Corky was a little lively to say the least but still picked up a respectable score in the top third of the field. We were back out again on Saturday 15th October at the BD Small Tour Championship picking up 2nd and 4th in our two classes which I was over the moon with. We then headed off to the South East Scotland Dressage Group Championships and then much to mine and Corky’s delight, we won! I couldn’t be more proud of him! As a reward for his hard work in the dressage arena, our winter season will be made up of a mix of BD, BS and some arena eventing and indoor XC, so plenty of variety to keep him interested.’
‘Lucas has been enjoying a quiet summer while I have been eventing Corky, but is now back into full work and out show jumping again. We were both a little rusty with Lucas throwing in a spooky stop in the British Novice I competed in at Blue Ridge Equestrian Centre, but hopefully, when we get back into the swing of things, we will be back on fine form! In the weeks to come, we are off to a pizza and jumping night (two of my favourite things!) and then are competing in the BS Amateur Second Rounds where we can hopefully do well enough to qualify to get down to the final at Aintree.’
As another season draws to a close and David looks forward to a well-earned holiday, we thought a round-up of the year was in order. Since March, David has ridden 110 entries in 32 events. He has won five, had a further 33 top five finishes (30%), 49 in the top 10 (45%) and a total of 76 in the top 20 (69%). He has earned a total of 292 BE points which, going by last year’s BE rankings, should put him in the top 40. He has also achieved a total of 50 Foundation points with the younger horses.
Chap has performed consistently at 3*, with some ‘awesome’ jumping at Hartpury, a ‘cracking’ ride at Blenheim, and earning David the Horse Trials Support Group prize for Best under 25 Rider at 3* at Barbury.
Rainstown Star (Duncan) took on his first CIC* events this year, finishing 7th at Chatsworth, and will step up to Intermediate / 2* in 2017.
Man About Town II (Teddy) delighted everyone by qualifying for both the Burghley Young Event Horse Final and the 5YO Championships at Osberton, and has accounted for at least half David’s Foundation points total!
Eisfee (Alice) has done well at 2* and made a promising 3* debut at Blenheim.
Congratulations to all of our sponsored riders who have had fantastic seasons this year, with Chelsea Round competing internationally for her country, Tahnia Jordan-Jones competing at HOYS and in several high profile events around the country, Daisy Coakley and Nathalie Kayal, our dressage divas who have been reaching new heights abroad and progressing up the levels on their stunning array of horses – we couldn’t be prouder of them!
Keep up to date with their progress via www.bluechipfeed.com to find out their latest competition results and successes
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