We had a real shock this week, Tiffany (Wang Chuk) had been a bit off colour and when investigated by the vets at Chine House discovered an inoperable tumour, so sadly she had to be put to sleep.
Tiffany came to me to sell as a four year old straight from Holland, we were very successful together winning up to Newcomers, and being placed at our two events. I was thrilled to sell her to my friend Jo who I teach, she has given Tiff the best home any horse could wish for, they have been very successful together in everything they have done including representing the riding club at national level, winning and being placed show jumping, dressage and eventing and Jo has been kind enough to let me carry on competing her including riding her Chatsworth International Horse Trials in May this year. Although Tiff was only eleven and it is very sad, she will always be remembered with a smile as she was a real character! and she has had a fantastic time with Jo and never wanted for anything.
We have had a busy week, we went to Vale View for their BS show on Wednesday with Darcy and George, Darcy was a lot more relaxed today and jumped a foot perfect clear in the first part of the course but then had the first down in the jump off, I just don't think she realised it was bigger and then we had another down when I took a fence at an angle, I like to do the turns and angles even in the lower classes rather than go fast as it teaches them for the future and of course hopefully you can pick up some money along the way!! George jumped really well and jumped his second double clear to finish 4th. I jumped them in the Discovery for the first time today, George had a little whoopsy at fence two when he spooked and shot sideways at something then represented and popped clear around the rest. Darcy and I still getting to know each other and this is very different from hunting and we had a couple down but she made it feel easy but still just a bit green at times.
Today we went to Eland Lodge for their arena eventing, Cherise took Max, it is his first show and he has only been to one practice away from home. It was a lovely encouraging course, it was testing as you have to jump out of arena to do a lap going through water and jumping back down steps back in, and I have to say we saw some very scary riding resulting in several people falling off, I think people think speed will make it all right but don't work out that the faster you are going the faster the horse will stop when it can't get itself out of trouble!! Anyway back to Max, he was very green and had a couple down in the show jumping but just got better and better and jumped a lovely clear round the cross country section, he really seemed to enjoy himself and will have learnt at lot today. Darcy was first to go of the three I rode which in the end put at a bit of a disadvantage as it is an optimum time so bit of guess work, she jumped a foot perfect clear, I felt like we were a real partnership today and we had a really smooth ride, I was 4 seconds over the time so I went a bit faster with George who also jumped a really good confident clear and was 2 seconds over the time and finished 6th, Tex was the last of mine to go so went a bit faster again and he jumped his best round to date to finish 1.5 seconds under the time to finish 2nd, Clever boy. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to have a go at arena eventing as is very nice for young or inexperienced horses and all the staff at really nice and helpful.
We have been super busy at LG with all the horses now in and still have some holiday guests in for short stays. Mum has been enjoying the hunt rides organised the Quorn Hunt, they are a really nice ride over some lovely countryside with some nice jumps along the way, as usual Darcy has been a star. Today she had a change of scenery as we went show jumping to Markfield, I rode Billy for the Winstons in the unaffiliated class as Katie is busy with exams at the moment, he was a bit green in the first round and I came out looking a bit pink and out of breath! He really thought about it and went back in the arena and jumped a foot perfect round so we were all really pleased with him. George and Darcy both jumped in the British Novice, both had improved so much from last time they came out which really makes you feel all the hard work you put in practicing is worth while, both jumped super double clears, Darcy finished with George just behind in 3rd, which means both have now got money on their cards and gained the first of the four double clears needed to qualify for the second rounds. I have put the videos below of Darcy and George unfortunately battery ran out before jump off.
Lucy and Rogey are coming on really well and will soon be ready for a training show, they are really beginning to gain some muscle and strength. Watch this space!!
We have had a fun but busy week, Mum, Cherise and I had a great time at the Quorn Hunt opening Tuesday meet on Darcy, Max and Tex, we had a fabulous time, as always Bridget & Richard Dimblebee put on a fantastic meet at The Wheatsheaf Inn at Woodhouse Eaves. All three horses were great jumping everything asked of them.
I was teaching a pony club rally at the weekend for the Quorn Pony Club. We asked Katie Winston who I teach if she would take Max for us to give him some more experience, she did a great job he was a little tense to start with but it was his first time in an indoor school and with mirrors! He settled very quickly and was a star.
This morning we went to Willoughby Lodge Farm, it is a great place to take the horses schooling, it has a lovely big school with lots of show jumps and portable cross country fence, it also has a bank and water so it is a great all-round education for them. I took Lucy for her first outing, she is still very green and not ready for a show yet but you can do as little or as much as you want here, she was fab jumping every thing that was asked of her, she is so exciting for the future, she still needs a lot of work on the flat but she is improving every time she is ridden. Julie who bought Tonka off us came along as well, he is getting on really well, it is great to see him progressing so well. Max was fab again asking every question asked of him, he is such a dude taking everything in his stride. Mum and Darcy had lots of fun and I was allowed a play at the end over some of the bigger skinnies in practice for some arena eventing over the winter.