We had a really good day today and managed to get all finished before the rain arrived!! Cherise took Chester to do his first event, he did a lovely dressage test with just a couple of green bits to score a good mark of 32, he then jumped a foot perfect double clear to finish 3rd. I took Tex he was a bit wobbly and green in his dressage, he did a lovely round in the show jumping just had one down then went really well clear cross country and really felt like he enjoyed it.
We took Posh, Chester and Tex today, Posh jumped brilliantly in the 1.05m open only being beaten by the last horse to go. Chester jumped really well the fences were a bit small for him and he just had a lazy fence in the first class but jumped double clear in the second class, Tex disgraced himself in the first class by bucking me off after fence 3!!! I went straight back in and jumed a really good double clear and just had the first down in second class.
Rockingham is a new event this year and we will certainly be going back again, it was a fantastic venue. The day started well with an obedient dressage test which I feel got a slightly harsh mark of 40, the judges seem to think Flo should move like a warmblood!! In the show jumping we had a slight miscommunication between fence 3 and 4 and got it all wrong picking up four faults in an otherwise foot perfect round over a upto height jumping track. The cross country was big and bold and definitely the biggest test Flo has done so far, for the most part of it she was amazing and felt the best she has ever been really taking on all the big and bold fences and brilliant over all the technical fences, but it wasn't all perfect as we picked up our first ever cross country faults BE at the castle fence which had a hat on and she changed her mind at the last minute, she seems really worried when she has to just with some thing over her head, she jumped it well the second time but then did the same at fence where we got to jump the horse shoe fence from the Olympics but managed to put her leg over the the front part, but again turned round and jumped it the second time even though she really wasn't sure and the flew the final two fences. Unfortunately when we took her boots off we discovered she had quite a nasty cut on her leg, luckily only superficial but needed a few stitches so will need a bit of time off. We changed the dressing today and looked really good, so hopefully be out again in the not to distant future, I am now in the planning stages of building a jump with a hat at home!! So although on paper it didn't look good I am really excited about our future as she was really confident and made it feel easy.
We have had a busy day today, we have been to Newton House Farm cross country schooling with Flo and Chester, I decided as I haven't run Flo since the middle of April and her next run is Intermediate on Sunday I thought we could both do with a bit a practice, she was brilliant and we had a lot of fun and she felt fantastic. Cherise took Chester who was a really good boy and answered all the questions asked of him, he has his first event at the end of this month. Then as we got home we did a quick swap round and I got on Posh for a dressage lesson with Kim Sleath, she is a brilliant help to me especially as I am getting to the stage in both horses careers that we are doing things I have never taught horses before, and although I know what to do in theory there are many roads to Rome and Kim is helping me find the best way there with PO
I took just Posh to Hargate to do the dressage today, in the warm up I had some really amazing work, which is a big thank you to Kim Sleath who helps me with the dressage and I was really excited to get in the arena, but Posh for some unknown reason as she has never done it before decided to put her tongue over the bit and I ride her in a double and she managed to to get it stuck between the two bits so we had a lot of tension, the next test was a lot better but still some tension as I still think she wasn't quite happy in the mouth. So back home to do some more homework. As I know there is some fab marks in there just need to keep going out and practicing.
Well I couldn't of had a much better day today, we took Posh and Flo showjumping in the lovely sunshine. It was a amatuer show and I wanted to qualify both horses for the second rounds in the 1m and the 1.10m. In the 1m both horses jumped foot perfect double clears and turned on a sixpence in the jump off, Flo just pipped Posh to the post to win the class by just over half a second beating the horse in to third by nearly six seconds!! Unfortunately they didn't run the 1.10m as there was only me and me in it, so will have to qualify for that next time.