Its been a super busy week for us here at Little Garendon, as well as our own four horses we have had Scooby and Obi in for schooling for a couple of weeks. We broke Scooby in last year, he was always a good boy but was quite nervous so took a little longer than some but once he realised that life was going to be fun not scary he came on really quickly and went back to his owner and they had a great time at the end of last year, he had a bit of a break over the winter so came back to us to restart. Again he was a little nervous first couple of days but he soon settled back into it and has now gone back home to carry on his career. Obi had had an injury over the winter and came back to LG to restart his work, he is a lovely horse and was no trouble and was a perfect guest!
We took Flo and Lulu showjumping to Field House on Tuesday, Lulu was a little star as we have come to expect from her! She jumped a lovely double clear in the 1.05m to finish 4th and was fab in the Newcomers feeling the most confident she has at that level and was foot perfect until the very last fence in the jump off where we seemed to have a bit of a miscommunication I realised we were going to be to far off so sat still but she went on the big one and we had it down. Flo was rather to pleased to be out and was a bit fresh which makes her almost to sensitive to ride and she is always second guessing you as she is so experienced that she thinks she knows best and doesn't alwasys listen. She jumped the same two classes and Lulu and picked up four faults in each, having looked back in the video I didn't get a strong enough rhythm which resulted in the faults.
We were meant to be show jumping on the Thursday but again it was cancelled due to the bad weather, which you can hardly believe as it's been the hottest day of the year so far today. So instead we took Flo and Lucy show jumping to Weston Lawns, Flo was back to being little miss perfect today finishing second in both the 1.05m open and the 1.10m open. Lucy was really fresh as she has not been out since Solihull but she settled well and just had a silly fence down when she spooked at something outside the arena and I just lost the softness and rhythm but the rest of the round was lovely with no rushing.
Sunday, finally I got Lulu to her first event of the year at Eland Lodge to do the 90cm, she was brilliant from the moment I got on her till I got off her after the cross country. It was very hot so I didn't want to long to warm up for dressage but when I go there they were running 15 mins late so I gave her little stretch, then stood and had a bitof a chat with a friend and then warmed her up, the dressage arenas at Eland are always spooky as you either have a walkway and show jumping behind the hedge or the cross country, I was really pleased how she kept her concentration especially when someone who was obviously very pleased with their round show jumping started hollering during my long rein walk! Her show jump round was foot perfect as it should be at that height but then I have a tendency to put to much pressure on myself and not ride to my best ability. I was really pleased with her cross country as last year she still felt like such a baby but this year she was like riding a school mistress and we stormed round (a bit to fast!!) to pick up 2.8 time faults for being to fast to add to our dressage score of 31.7 which dropped a couple of places to 5th.
Next week is another bust one. I have a dressage lesson on Monday with Charlie Hutton on Lucy, Tuesday Caroline Moore training with Lucy and Lulu then Leon my husband who is in the Coldstream Guards and based in Windsor has got us free passes for Windsor Show which will be a lovely day out and then I have my jump clinic to teach on Saturday, looking forward to another fun week!
Below are lots of videos from last week.
Yay we have finally got out eventing!!! The end of April wasn't when I was hoping to start eventing but the weather has been a nightmare causing so many competitions to have to cancel!
I didn't start my dressage till 2.30pm so I had time to pop up to the inaugural Quorn Hunt Forest Relay to watch Cherise and Darcy, I have been on the committee and we have all worked so hard so it was great to see it going ahead especially as we had to postpone the event a week due to the amount of rain we had the week before it was meant to be held. Cherise and Darcy lead Jo Payne and Ditsy round, both combinations did a super rounds, Darcy then had to go a second team as Flo wasn't quite sound (she was fine the following day!!) again Darcy was a star though I think she wasn't that impressed to be pulled out the box for second time!
Lucy was pleased to be out but she did a good if a little tense test, so I was really pleased with my score of 32.5 and was in the top 5 which shows how much stronger we have got in this phase over the winter, thanks to Charlie Hutton for helping us with this phase. She was good in the show jumping but thinks the arena at Solihull is very spooky with being able to see Xc below! We had one down due to a bit of a spook to last fence and lost balance on corner.
She was a bit tentative over fence one and two Xc but we haven't been had the chance to jump on grass or go schooling so I just let her take it all in and after that she was awesome, we didn't hurry but she jumped everything out of a stride and we added just 1.2 time faults to finish 10th, so hopefully the season will get going now!