We had our second event on Saturday at Aston le Walls, both Tex and George were doing their first 1m class. George was on first, his dressage was obedient and accurate but I am playing with nosebands at the moment and he was a bit fiddly in his mouth so think will go back to the drop for the dressage but we scored a fair mark of 36.5, his show jumping was a foot perfect clear round, on paper the cross country didn't look good but I was a lot more pleased with him this time, from having a slightly chequered past he lacks trust in the rider and when there is a question he says he can't cope rather than let the rider help him, but this time he came round quickly and popped through the questions like a pro and this time he felt like he really enjoyed himself, so hopefully with more schooling and a few more runs he will begin to trust me. Tex was a star again, he was a bit tense in the dressage scoring 38.5 he show jumped well but had eight faults one just unlucky and the other a bit of lack of concentration, I was really chuffed with him cross country as for the first time he really went forwards with out me having to coax every stride out of him and he jumped really well and answered all questions asked of him.
Today we have been show jumping at Weston Lawns with Rogey and Darcy, Rogey was a really good girl at her second show she just had a green four faults in both jump offs, Darcy jumped a great double clear in the British Novice finishing just out of the places.
Back at Little Garendon it's been really busy, we have three holiday liveries in and one schooling livery. Max has settled really well in to his new home which is lovely to hear.
We said good bye to Max today, he has gone to a fantastic hunting home, which he will be very pleased about! Cherise has done a fantastic job educating him both for competition and hunting, he has been a pleasure since arriving with us last summer. We wish Poppy the best of luck with him, I am sure they will have a great time together.
We are very busy at LG at the moment, we have Jack in for schooling, he is an 8yr old 16.2hh gelding who was broken as a 4yr old but has not been ridden since due to a growing family! he is a lovely boy who has come on really quickly in the week he has been with us including me a having a nice walk and trot round the school on him today. We also have Star on holiday with us, a lovely 13hh pony which Ila has enjoyed a ride on today. All the other horses are going well.
We had our first event last week at Offchurch Bury, with Max, George and Tex who belongs to long term owners Charlie and Caroline Sheffield. Cherise and Max had a great day, they did a nice test which we were a little disappointed with a mark of 37, but he went on the jump a super double clear in his first event to finish just out of the ribbons. Tex was also a really good boy doing his best dressage to date for a good mark of 34.5 which would have been even better if he hadn't tried to stop for a dropping whilst doing a trot circle, but we did finish with a 9 for our halt! He then went on to jump a lovely double clear to finish 5th, he has been so consistent in his last few events, he is moving up to 1m next time, the jumps won't be a problem but not sure what he will think about having to go even faster cross country! George let the side down! we started brilliantly in the dressage, he felt the most relaxed and rideable I have known him and I was really enjoying riding him, till the rain/wind/hail arrived, he showed his displeasure about having to be ridden in this by adding some freestyle moves that are not in any official tests, you know its not been good when your remarks at the bottom say well sat!!! he still scored 39.5 which considering the amount of marks thrown away shows what could have been. He show jumped well but felt a bit more sensitive than normal but still jumped clear. Cross country he was very sticky to start with then once we got going I thought all was going well till we got to the far end of the course and I was just giving him pat when he stopped dead and shot sideways leaving me on my bottom! After retrieving him from the opposite end of the course, he finished off well. I am hoping this was a one off as we have another event next Saturday, We have got some schooling booked in!!!