However, with the knowledge that the training provided in this series is so good we knew that no matter what the result we would benefit from the experience and hopefully apply throughout the rest of the season.
The finals also provided a great base to meet up with friends who we wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to see. These included Charlotte and Pippa who are members of TwittaEventing and the lovely Eloise who was representing my great supporters EquiFeast.
The trainers for the championship were Nick Gauntlett and David Sheerin. Both gave fabulous advice and were extremely encouraging and approachable. For the course I was in David’s group who expressed the importance of rhythm, balance and planning. For our warm up Nick took over, we had a great warm up and lovely comments (Its rather nice when a 4* rider thinks your horse is rather smart!). Yet, once again Harley made a liar of me as I told Nick that we were members of the pole bashing club, for him to not touch a single pole in the entire warm up phase!
Sadly though in the competition phase I rode quite back ward in the 1st round to the point where I managed to allow Harley to try and put two strides in a one stride double, and although David was impressed at how short he could adapt it wasn’t exactly ideal for a 17hh pony! But after a great chat with David, who took the time to explain things and let me practice a more forward canter, we saw an improvement in the Second round. Only clears were going to get placed and when a lot of the competitors have taken part in this championship before we knew we weren’t going to get placed. However, being told that the improvement seen between round 1 and round 2 was the best in the class was a lovely thing to take away and hopefully progress upon.
Thank you once again to David and Nick for their training and to the lovely Fiona for all her work with the Jump Training Series and of course to sponsors Baileys for supporting this great series.