May has been a month of competitions and training youngsters.
I’m loving the sunshine and light evening although my hours of work are getting longer and longer, it’s a good job I love what I do.
We started the month with XC schooling in the sunshine at Somerford. Katie had her first experience of XC and was brilliant taking it all in her stride as ever. Mollie and Lady were good girls and jumped the fences with ease. Mouse also went for a refresh and jumped nicely and Lottie and Sausage had great fun going round the farm ride.
We followed that with a nice day out in the sunshine at Southview with huge classes and courses full up to height. It was a bit of a poley day but good schooling for the eventing to follow. Basil and Paddy jumped lovely quick rounds in the Discovery with them both just having an unlucky pole in the jump off. Basil jumped a confident forward round in the Newcomers, just having a couple of poles down whilst Lottie jumped a lovely round in the Newcomers and had an unlucky pole. .
Three horses had their debut hunter trails at Eland lodge with all three producing lovely clear rounds. Mollie and I had our first outing together and her first XC, she jumped a lovely clear for 2nd place in her section. Then Lady did her stuff again, also our first outing together and first XC, she started by over jumping and then settled and jumped really well for 2nd place in her section. Baby Katie had her first outing and her third time XC to do a lovely very educational clear – so excited about her future.
Llanymynech Horse Trials was next with Paddy and Lottie.
Super Paddy did a lovely 29 dressage and a fantastic double clear to take 4th place in his section also securing a lovely extra rosette for a double clear from Rowen Barbary and a bottle of wine for being the highest place riding club member in the section – a nice birthday present for Jane Morris his owner.
Lottie did a cracking dressage test for 28, a lovely clear show jumping round and went well round the XC, but unfortunately had a run out – a need for more XC practice with her.
I also had a very blustery evening of dressage to the sound of the church bells where I rode 4 horses and completed 6 dressage tests in just 2 hours! Good job my support team are organised!! First up was Mouse who did a lovely 69% test for 2nd, just behind Katie – who on her first ever dressage outing won the section with a 70% test , I’m even more excited about her now. Mac was next getting 70% for 4th place in the Novice and 66.25% in the Elementary for 3rd place, just behind Lottie in both classes who came 3rd in the Novice with 71.6% and 2nd in the Elementary with 68.5%.
Another outing to Southview this time with Katie, Mollie and Lady. Mollie jumped well just rolling a pole, Katie did lovely clear, but found the whole 2 phase and the very noisy tractor & trailer a bit tiring for a couple down in the jump off. Lady jumped a lovely round to have just one pole down. A great educational day as Mollie and Lady are aimed at Brand hall for their first BE event and Katie to the 4 year olds in July.
Paddy went to Somerford and moved up another level to BE100plus. He did a nice dressage test in torrential horizontal rain in the muddiest arena I have ridden in for a 34.0 – Judges remark- “shame the weather was against you. A lovely horse & very genuine.” Just one unfortunate pole down show jumping, and then he stormed round the cross country within the time, such a lovely horse to ride.
I am so pleased to have the continued support of Rowen Barbary horse feeds, who have kindly extended their sponsorship for another year, my horses have never looked or felt better absolutely brilliant feed for condition of horses in all types of work or on box rest.