We took Lucy and Flo today for the the Scope Qualifiers, Lucy went in the 95cm and 1m and Flo was entered for the 1.05m. It was a very busy show with three arenas going on and when I came round the corner from the car park I think Lucy was a bit gobsmacked, she is very brave in someways but also lacks in confidence in others, after wobbling our way down to our arena she warmed up very well but the tension got to her in the first round and argued and we lost our rhythm at times causing us to have fence down, she was a different horse in the second round and jumped a super round but just lost concentration at the fence right next to the carpark and had it down which was really annoying as was otherwise foot perfect, but she enjoyed herself and learnt a lot. We waited two hours for Flo's class only to get on her and she didn't feel right as I went in to trot, she seemed uncomfortable on her right hind. We have treated it with lots of cold and ice and given her a week off and was as good as new this morning.
We had a another busy week preparing for my first event back, on Monday I took Lucy for a dressage lesson with Charlie Hutton, she was a really good girls and he was impressed how much she has improved and strengthened up since he last saw her just before Christmas, we worked on her lateral work to improve her self carriage and he has given me lots to work on before next time. The following day I took both Lucy and Flo cross country schooling to Aylesford, Lucy felt amazing, Steve has done a great job giving her lots of confidence at her first couple of runs, i was trying out some new brakes which worked really well. Flo is not the easiest to xc school in cold blood, she is almost to polite and I find it hard to be positive enough, having said that she popped everything I asked her to. Lulu is progressing well at home and hopefully will get her out show jump schooling in next couple of weeks. We have been a busy at home as have had two horses in for their holidays. Yesterday we went to Eland Lodge, we had a long wait as didn't do my first dressage till 3.20pm, Lucy was a bit tight in her test but it is quite spooky in the arenas there as there is a lot going on behind the hedge but unlike last year she really let me ride her and she got better throughout the test and scored 31 which was the third best mark in the section, she felt great in her show jumping keeping a lot better rhythm and jumped a lovely clear. She was a bit green at the start of the cross country and I just gave her time over the first four fences and then just got better and better and is really exciting to ride cross country at she has a great length of stride and eats up the fences. The greenness at the beginning of her round gave us 9.2 time faults which cost us the win but she finished a very respectable 6th and time certainly isn't going to be a problem in the future and she is to good to rush. Flo was very pleased to be back out and did a good dressage apart from me having baby brain and going wrong once and anticipated the last halt but scored a fair 33 she then did a foot perfect show jump and cross country round, she is so much easier at an event and was very keen cross country and felt amazing. Lucy is entered BE100 at the end of the month, Flo isn't going to do any more events this year as she has nothing to really aim for this year so we will bring her out again next year and this year will concentrate on having some fun show jumping.
it has been great to be back riding again. A massive thank you to everyone who has been brilliant keeping everything going, especially Mum who has been double busy with me & Cherise out of action. All the horses are going really well. I took Flo and Lucy to a friends school, both were pleased to be out and jumped well, I felt a bit rusty so good to be able to jump a course and get my eye back in. Yesterday we took both horses to Holly Smoth for a jump lesson, I really like the way Holly rides and her results speak for themselves. Lucy was a bit keen to start with and Holly gave me some great advice and things to work on, she improved a lot during the lesson and gave me a great feel over most of the fences. Flo was very pleased to be out and about! I was being a bit protective to start with so Holly got me riding a lot more forward as Flo has a fairly short stride so make the distances feel easy I must keep a big canter. We finished off by popping a course of about 1.15-1.20m which she made feel easy, it did look quite big after 3months off!! Mum & I are off to Chatsworth for a 10mile charity ride tomorrow, hopefully the weather is good so we can enjoy the views. Then more boot camp on Monday as Lucy and I are off for dressage lesson with Charlie Hutton and hopefully some Xc schooling. Fun times!!!