Another new pony to Little Garendon is Max who is a 6yr old 14.2hh piebald gelding, he is Cherise's project he came to us about 5 weeks ago to ride away as he had been broken a couple of years then been ridden about six times since then, he is a real little sweetie, his owner had had him since he was a foal but didn't have the time to do him justice so had decided to sell him to someone who could make the most of him, as he was so green she was little worried about finding the right home so we made her an offer and she knows that we will give him a good education and when we sell him we will find him the right home. He is such a sweetie, he has just started jumping and is bompproof on the roads and is currently away on his hols in Norfolk with Cherise and Mum and Darcy and was paddling in the sea upto his tummy! Apparently Darcy wasn't as keen on the breaking waves!!
We went Autumn Hunting last Tuesday with the Quorn Hunt, I took Tex who once again was a star and even led the field over two decent walls. George thought it was all a bit exciting but was very good most of the time, and of course Darcy was a good girl with Mum. It was nice to see Julie out with Tonka who we broke in last year and did a bit more with earlier this year before selling him to Julie, he was a really good boy and thoroughly enjoyed himself.
After a late night on Tuesday we had a early start on Wednesday for Purston Manor with Billy, I was really pleased with his dressage which scored a 39 which sounds like not a very good mark but it was a very high scoring section, he jumped really well show jumping round a very spooky course and zoomed round the cross country making it feel easy to finish a very respectable 10th.
On Sunday we were at Eland Lodge for the Team One Day Event although I have to admit I didn't realise it was a team competition when I entered. George was doing his first event, I just did the 80cm class as Eland is always well upto height and is more like doing the class above. He was a little tight in the dressage but considering his last two outings have been hunting it is understandable but he was very obedient and managed to do the second best test in his section scoring a 31, he went on to jump a foot perfect double clear just adding a few time faults to finish fifth. It always baffles me as an experienced competitor I felt that I had a good strong pace on a horse that wasn't spooky but is green round an 80cm course which is designed for either the inexperienced horse or the inexperienced rider to be nearly 30seconds over the time, should we not be teaching riders and horses at this level that a good rhythm is what is needed and not be chasing for the clock. Tex also thought be might rather be hunting than doing dressage and was a little disobedient in places and scored a fair mark of 36 he also jumped a foot perfect double clear to finish 5th. Billy did an ok dressage a bit tight at times due to lots going on behind the hedge including horses walking by calling to each other, cars revving engines and doors slamming! He show jumped really well till two from home when some thing spooked him and he picked up 8 faults, cross country he was magic and gave me a fantastic ride.