I'm not 100% convinced its Sunday the 27th today as our day has had a slight Friday the 13th feeling to it!
Started off fetching the pony in from the field to discover a new love bite aka take a chunk out of him! This was off his supposed GF mare!
To top it off He also had a missing shoe! Spent over an hour searching for it only to find it had been dunked into the water trough!!
Went in to get ready & managed to get sun cream in my eye, stub my toe & gain a splinter in a matter of minutes.
Set off to Breckenbrough & got shoe back on there then went for number. My mystery withdrawal caused a bit if problem as I wasn't on the list & then my number couldn't be found luckily super helpful people at Breckenbrough so got sorted eventually.
Thought dressage was going well with an ok test (not best but not worst either just a tad keen) only for judge to get out of car after hault. 1st thought... "OMG is he lame & I didn't realise?!?"
Nope we'd only gone & forgot to take off the over reach boots! Thank The Lord the BE rule has changed from Elimination to just a 6 point penalty so I could continue to knew it was just going to be a training day.
SJ is SJ especially in a sloping arena so 3 down. Actually felt like we achieved a better rhythm & I didn't hook! At least he wacks them on a day where it wasn't a good test before hand!
So went in to XC only myself and Nicola Wilson in warm up so had a lovely natter & she remembered my naughty pony (not sure if that's good/bad!).
The positive of the weird day was knowing I could just enjoy the round pressure free. It was only our 2nd 100 this year so I could experiment over direct routes/ speed.
And isn't it amazing what you can do when you don't place a mountain on your shoulders?!?
We only went direct everywhere & flew to be 1 of only 13 who made the time in a section of 40! Yes that's us who can get time faults at a BE80!
So a finish of 48, still not great but a 5 penalty improvement so if we can keep doing that we'll eventually get there! Its also the first time I've seen my dressage errors/penalties been shown on results so that's quite good & shows that our dressage hasn't all of a sudden got rubbish for no reason.
So I thought our luck had changed only to have the fact I was donning the egg-head look pointed out! I'd only gone & lost my silk before we reached a photographers fence !
But Nick Gill & team always get good photos so I've still ended up with a photo even with my unorthodox look (& got a Fab preview of our Skipton montage which is kindly getting made!).
We then got home & took H off the ramp only for him to jump on my bad foot... Good job I've got my removable cast, painkillers & crutches to use! For now though I think its time to head to bed and hope this weird luck is over!