We have been busy throughout October with lots of horses coming and going, Tonka and Molly who we have broken in have both gone home for a bit of a break over the winter but hopefully will be back in the spring to carry on their education. We have had a few horses in for working holidays while their owners have gone away, all have been lovely horses who seemed to enjoy their stay with us here at Little Garendon.
We have been up to Markfield for the first time of many over the winter, the first time we went, I took Chester and Posh, I felt that I did not ride well and let the horses down but we took Chester and Darcy again at the week end and I felt that I rode well and both horses jumped really well, Chester just had the last down in the jump off of the 90cm open, we just got a bit deep and touched it behind, Darcy was fab as I was planning to jump round the unaffiliated 75cm class as she has not been out jumping since we tried her in June, but it wasn't running as they had a qualifier so I jumped her on a ticket in the 90cm, she jumped fab just had one down where she just got a bit disorganised in her canter.
Mum and Cherise have had a couple of brilliant days out with the Quorn Hunt, they took Chester and Darcy to the fun ride at Prestwold both jumped everything that was asked of them and yesterday went to the meet at The Wheatsheaf Inn at Woodhouse Eaves, it was a lovely meet. Mum took Thomas who was pleased to be out and Cherise took Chester who was a very good boy.
I have been out today with Posh to Witham Villa to a dressage show, she was a really good girl especially considering we have not been to a show for quite a few weeks, she just got a little tense in her medium canter in her second test but I was really pleased with her.
Mum and Cherise had a fantastic time yesterday at the Readyfield Bloodhounds hound exercise, Mum took Thomas and Cherise on Chester, both horses were fantastic jumping everything asked of them.
We have been busy as home, with lots of horses coming in for either a working holiday while their owners are away or to be broken in, I love doing this as it so rewarding doing everything for the first time, below are a couple of photos of me long reining Michael Freestones horse Tonka, who is a 3yr old we have had in for about 4 weeks he went on his first hack yesterday and in being a very good boy.
We have been busy busy busy at Little Garendon, we have had two horses in for breaking Tonka and Molly both are coming on really well, it is something we really enjoy doing as a team, it is so rewarding doing everything with a horse for the first time. We also have had lots of horses coming to stay for working holidays while their owners are away on their hols, all have been a pleasure to work with.
We have also been busy on the competition front, I have been to Weston Lawns with Chester and Flo, Chester jumped really nice rounds but just touched one in the jump off of each class, Flo jumped really well just having four faults due to the jockey in the 1.15m and then had a couple down but jumped a better round in the Foxhunter. Posh went to Witham Villa and did two elementary tests, she was a really good girl in both tests especially as she has not been out for ages, the following week end we did the Area Festival at Vale View I entered the warm up and the qualifier but my times were four hours apart so I decided just to do the qualifier as otherwise would be such a long day for Posh, I was so pleased with her as it was very atmospheric and she coped really well as although when we went in she was a little spooky, as soon as the bell went she buckled down and did a really good test and scored a fair mark of 62.6%, I am looking forward to doing my first Medium on her in the next few weeks. Cherise and I had a lovely evening out last Wednesday with the Quorn Hunt on their fun ride, Cherise on Chester and I took Darcy, they both were absolute stars. Thursday I went to Purston Manor with Flo and Jo Payne's Wang Chuk (Tiffany), Tiff was first on and did a lovely dressage test despite the extra movement (bucking) and scored a good mark of 34.5 and then went on to jump a lovely double clear to finish on her dressage score which was good enough for 4th place which I was really pleased with and continues her really good form in novices of 3 out of 4 top ten places. Flo was a little dead in the dressage I do lay some blame on the judge who was 15mins late back from lunch and as I was first in after that Flo had gone a bit over, she jumped a good show jump round but had one down, she was awesome cross country which was just what I wanted before Burnham Market Intermediate on Sunday. Ginny Turnbull very kindly offered me a lift to Burnham Market on Sunday which was brilliant as it always somewhere I wanted to go as we always holidayed just down the road as my Dad originates from Norfolk, but it is a long way with one horse. I was really pleased with her dressage as I felt she tried really hard, so I was a bit disappointed with a mark of 40 but when I got the test she did have some really good marks for some of the movements but was really slated in a couple of movements but had really fair comments, she jumped most of the show jumping well but had two down which is very unlike her so we will have to get that back on track over the winter, the cross country was a lovely course encouraging bold riding but definitely her biggest test, she had a naughty stop at a right handed brush corner at fence five so I changed my plan and went over two left handed corners she thought about stoppng the second time but I explained that wasn't going to happen!! she was then just magic round the rest of the course going all the straight routes making everything feel easy and over the second water which was a big fence in and two bounce steps out and another bounce over a fence she left a leg at the first step and just kept going and tried so hard for me. So although the result doesn't look good on paper I was thrilled with her after out bit of a rollercoaster season. She can have a little holiday now before doing some show jumping and dressage through the winter and working towards hopefully doing a 2* next year. As well as giving us a lift to Burnham I walked the cross country with Ginny and she was a real help so I really appreciated that.