So our second attempt at Jump Training went much better than the first! In fact our first attempt was so bad that the organiser remembered us!
But in the BE80 we got a style mark of 30.5 with just a pole down in each round to finish a respectable 11th.
In the 90 Harley appeared to jump much better and respect the jumps and didn’t seem phased at all by the spooky fillers that were put in place. In his first round he just touched one pole but by the second round he felt a little tired and had the last two down but over all I was extremely proud of him.
Here’s a video from the first round of the BE90
Well Harley was extremely excited to be at a party on grass and showed it straight away via doing a rodeo show when coming off the horse box ramp! So memo to self up the EquiFeast Optimax even more before our next event!
He was still quite excited in the warm up and through the test. To be honest I thought he was too tense and was rather disappointed but it must have looked better than it felt and we were awarded 36 to put us right in the mix!
The show jump warm up was manic to say the least so luckily I held off tacking up until they were asking for the last few to turn up. Again drama found us though when the girl before me fell off in the ring and her horse escaped the arena after jumping the judges car! Luckily though Harley got over the excitement and just touched one pole for 4 faults- believe me not bad for him!
So onto the cross country…. Following our lesson with Mr Atkinson I donned some spurs and remembered I had a whip! We set off very well with no issues until fence 5- two steps on a curve heading towards a pond. When I walked the course I knew this was going to be our ‘issue’ fence out of the whole course as it was quite early on and Harley has had a tendancy of scaring himself via jumping all the steps in one go before. Sadly I was right and he hesitated with a shuffle/ step back so we gained 20 penalties. The reset for the course though he made feel extremely easy which I was over the mood with and I can forgive a baby moment. I knew after that moment there was no point in putting our foot down so expected time faults.
Draycott were very late doing results we stayed as long as we could but knowing we had another 3 hours until home left. So imagine my shock when looking at the results that we gained 40 penalties XC- no idea where/ how I could have gained this. I’ve contacted BE who are looking into it but unfortunately the way BE is you have to question these results at the event so its probably not going to change despite it not affecting the results!
On the positive my horse is unaware of this issue and I know its not the case so thinking positive on the run up to Eden we have asked to be moved from the BE80 to the BE90 class!
We also had a lovely visit from Equibright yesterday and I'm very excited about things to come so watch this space!
And to brighten this blog a pretty picture of us with our www.thehorsewardrobe.co.uk sponsored saddle cloth after show jumping at Draycott and I'm wearing my www.horseyhoodies.co.uk jods too!