We have had a really busy but really good weekend. On Saturday we went to the fabulous Chatsworth international horse trials, this event is one of my favourite events of season it is set in such an amazing setting and has a real international feel to it. I was riding Wang Chuk (Tiff) who belongs to a good friend Jo Payne, we did what felt like our best test to date in the dressage so was really good to get a competitive mark of 32, she was a little sticky in the show jumping but we managed just to have one down coming out of the first double where we just landed a bit flat after the first and didn't quite make the distance, she was great round a big and bold cross country which would certainly be our biggest test to date, she just got a little tired towards the end of the course on testing ground so we added 8.8 time to our score which nudged out of the platings. We were really pleased as this was our first event together and we had lots to get excited about for the rest of the season.
Today we have been to Eland Lodge for their unaffiliated event, it was Archie's first 90cm and when we walked the course there were certainly quite strong with lots of questions for him that he's not seen before. He is quite lazy but this makes him very rideable in the dressage and he did a lovely test to score 31 which considering he is still very big and green and there is so much to more to improve, he is very exciting. In the showjumping he jumped really well, there was a tight dog leg and I just couldn't organise him quick enough and we had one down. He was fab cross country jumping out of a lovely rhythm and answering every question, we had a few time faults but I am not worried as he is so exciting for the future I don't want to rush him.
Back at Little Garendon we have been busy, we have two horses oh holiday livery Urchin who comes most years and is a big favourite with everyone and Az who belongs to a friend I teach both seem to be enjoying their time with us, horses always seem to settle well with us. Also arrived is Billy who has come to be sold, he is a lovely 16.2hh thoroughbred who we would all like to keep, he did a little eventing a few years ago and has already been Xc schooling where he was fab and we took him with us today and he went really well and was very chilled, he is off to Shelford 90cm event a week on Tuesday. And last but not least meet Helaba (George) a seven year Chestnut Belgium Warmblood. He has done a little of everything but not a lot of everything. He arrived at LG and it was like he has always been here, we can't wait to get going with him.