We are all busy at Little Garendon at the moment as we have seven horses in full work, Beatle has come to be sold he is an ex racehorse looking for a new home to give him a new career, please look on the for sale page for more about him and lots of photos. I have been busy working on Posh and Flo at home, Flo is back in full work after cutting herself at Rockingham and we are aiming for Aston le Walls Intermediate in the middle of July, Posh is going really well on the flat so need to look out dressage show for her and see if we can do it aswell in public!! I have got Kim Sleath coming to give me a dressage lesson on both horses on Wednesday. Darcy is slowly improving but managed to get her self cast and was a little stiff for a couple of days but now back on track. Chester is going well, we took him for a practice at a friends in the week (pictured above), he is going fab at the moment and has his next event in a couple of weeks.
Toffee is going well with Paige Gillot, she jumped really well today winning both the 85cm and the 95cm classes.
I was at Eland Lodge doing the Novice yesterday with Tiffany who belongs to Jo Payne, it was her second Novice. She did some really good bits in her dressage but also made to many mistakes which meant our marks varied from 4s to 8s, so promising and frustrating all at once, she scored a fair mark of 37. She was a little sticky in the show jumping but I haven't jumped her in the ring since Feb so I will let her off slightly, she annoyingly had the fence down we were really perfect to! but by the end of the course we were going really well, cross country she set off brilliantly if anything a little to bold giving all the fences about a foot to spare, and she felt she did not need to listen to me so we had a very uncomfortable jump over fence five where at the last moment she decided that I was right and she needed to put another stride in and we landed about half way over fence!! luckily it was a box fence so she just scrambled off it, I checked she was fine and off we went and after that she was foot perfect. I am really looking for
I had an excellent Lesson with Kim Sleath today on Posh, I think I had some of the best work we have ever done and felt like a real dressage horse. I never thought I would find dressage so much fun, a lot of which is down to Kim, making it sound so simple, even if it doesn't feel that simple to do!!!!
I took Tex today to do his first Intro Event (90cm). After hiding behind a hedge from the sideways rain warming up for the dressage Tex did a really good accurate test scoring a fair mark of 35, he show jumped really well but the arena was quite small and he slept a bit round one corner so we went really steadily round the rest of the corners so picked up 3 time faults to an otherwise faultless round, I was really pleased with him cross country as although we still picked up huge time faults, I felt he was lots more forwards today and really enjoyed himself and was a pleasure to ride, the course had lots of questions which he answered brilliantly. So all he needs to do now is learn to gallop!!
Cherise and Chester went off to do the 90cm class today, it was their first time at this level, they did a good dressage to score 34, he was still a little green at times so will continue improve the more balanced he becomes, he show jumped well but had a couple down one due to rider error and one was a little lazy. He was really good cross country, the course was quite testing and he answered all the questions just having a green stop at a log before the water, if being ultra critical he was just going a bit quick and the water just took him a bit by surprise. Overall we were really pleased with him and continue to excited by him for the future.
Darcy is a 9yr old Irish Skewbald mare, she has hunted in Ireland. She was sent to us to sell, but we really liked her so have bought her to have some fun on and go out competing with Chester. Her flat work needs some work but she has a lovely brain and learns really quickly. Her jumping is fab is is bold and careful show jumping and cross country. I have already entered our first event in July! and can't wait to take her hunting in the Autumn.