Basically Mr Harleyquinn was a rather naughty boy in two out of the three phases at Burgham. He got a dressage of 41.5 which started very well with 8’s and 7’s until he had to canter and sadly he could no longer contain his energy and the marks dropped. Very frustrating as I know this horse has so much potential!
SJ was a bit of a nightmare as I fell of in the warm up over Harley freaking out over another horse; Struggled to stay on him after that so only managed one warm up fence which wasn’t ideal. Went into the ring and he was very opinionated and ended up on 12 faults. Positive was he wasn’t phased by the busy arena/ atmosphere but 12 faults is not acceptable.
However, once Harley went into XC mode he was a different horse and jumped round clear inside the time over a challenging course.
Over all I was very impressed with Burgham being a new event it did exceptionally well and has so many options for the future I’m sure it’s going to be a must do next year with many riders!
So 7 days later we we’re heading to Thornton Watlass. It was very warm and the flies were defiantly out. Harley appeared to be a different horse very relaxed and if anything slightly behind the leg. We did a very calm test, I came out happy but knowing it can still be improved. The Judge agreed and gave us a mark of 34.5 which was all 6’s and 7’s with very nice comments.
Next up was the SJ and Harley behaved himself in the warm up went in to have 2 down. Although not perfect I was happy with this as the course was causing plenty of problems with very few clears and I felt he was improved from Burgham.
Then it was XC time! When we walked the course we felt it was probably the smallest BE90 we had faced but it was very twisty (which seemed to have an influence on the time as many riders were clocking up quite a few Time Penalties) and due to the sun there was plenty of shadows present.
Set off over 1 fine only to be stopped at fence 2 by the steward. But I was quickly told to carry on. So a quick turn around and over fences 2 and 3 before being stopped by the fence judge at 4. A few minutes later I was told to start again only to be stopped after jumping fences 4 and 5. Luckily Harley coped very well under the strange circumstances and seemed totally un-phased. We then pushed on slightly which again he coped very well with to jump home with a very confident clear.
Turns out our SJ penalties were slightly costly as we finished 12th but with a clear SJ we would have been 6th. But over all I was very happy as it proved to be an educational day with improvements and proves we are getting competitive!
So now Harley has a few days off before we head to Parkend Arena for EHOA camp