We have had a really busy this week starting on Monday when I took Posh and Flo to Weston Lawns for a show jump lesson with Simon Nicholson, it was just what I needed a bit of a kick up the backside about being more disciplined with myself and the horses which is what I am always telling everyone else! I really enjoy Simons lessons as he very honest and will not say it is good if it isn't so if he says good you know it is, both horses jumped really well and improved throughout the lesson when I rode them properly.
We went to Vale View with Posh and Flo to put in practice what I had been told on Monday and it must have sunk in as both horses jumped really well, I just had one down in Flo in the 1.05m but she was foot perfect in the Newcomers and won the class and Posh went just as well in the 1.10m open to finish second, which meant we actually came back home in profit!
It was the turn of the more inexperienced horses today as we went to Markfield to jump in the unaffiliated class with Archie, Darcy and Tex who belongs to the Sheffields. Archie was a really good boy again he was quite green in the first round as it can be spooky in the arena there but he still jumped a good clear and got more confident as he went round, he just had the first fence down in the jump off he just wasn't concentrating enough but it was just a green mistake and he went on to jump a really lovely round which was a lot smoother than his first round. Darcy was a lot less tense in the arena today than at Vale View and jumped a really good double clear, we just went very steady in the jump off as the last thing she needs at the moment is hurrying. Tex went the best he has ever gone today, he was so much more forwards and really enjoyed himself and jumped a really good double clear to win the class.
In between the competitions I have been busy teaching, including a rally for the Quorn Hunt Pony Club which is something I always enjoy and all the riders I teach are all coming on really well and make me proud every time I teach them. Weeks like this make it all worth while!
Video is of Tex in the jump off.