August began with the mammoth task of moving yards and house!! I have moved location from Betley to Little Budworth. We took a full to the ceiling load of horse equipment in the lorry the week before – I have known for a while that I have a rug and bit problem but moving it all really brings home how many I have! We then spent an afternoon moving my clothes and putting together furniture etc. so that when the horses moved I would also be ready to move – so exciting to move out of home and have my own flat!
The weekend before the move was busy with competitions starting with British Showjumping at Southview, where super star Paddy won the British Novice in his first ever British Showjumping competition. Baby Tara completed her first double clear in the same class, her owner and I were over the moon. Dylan also competed and just rolled a pole in the Discovery jump off.
This was followed by an outing to Betley show a bit of a change from eventing but as it is on my door step I thought it would a shame not to go. Joey took 5th in the Show hunter class, 3rd in the Open Workers and Crunchie 3rd in the Novice workers. I must admit I am glad I do not do showing all the time.
The lovely setting of Cholmondeley Castle was on the Sunday with super consistent Paddy taking 6th place in the BE100 going double clear. Baby Bertie had his second BE100 run with 3 poles show jumping and a fab clear on the cross country. We had planned to drop Bertie and Paddy off at their new home but due to a hold on course for the air ambulance – really hoping the rider involved is OK – it got too late.
The Monday then involved the horses moving to their new home. Ruth, Emma, her Dad and Sam came to help – we would never have done it in a day without their help so big thanks to them and of course my Mum for driving the lorry back and to three times in one day!!
So Tuesday morning meant I woke up able to go out to the horses in my PJ’s (anyone who knows me from pony club camp will know I love to stay in my PJ’s!), bring in and feed as necessary and then go and have my breakfast and get dressed in the comfort of my own flat! Also I am now able to do late evening checks before bedtime.
I am glad to say the horses settled immediately, I think at first they thought they were on holiday, as I was discovering the fantastic off road hacking on my doorstep in Delamere forest and on Little Budworth common.
I also found that Kelsall Hill is just 8 minutes in the lorry – how fantastic to be able to go training so easily, needless to say the horses have had numerous training outing in the last few weeks. With lessons from Hannah Bate and John Marsden. Particularly whilst a brand new bigger arena is being built on the yard.
Bold proved to be one of those weekends where getting all three elements of eventing right on the same horse on the same day proved elusive and not feeling too well certainly didn’t help. Superstar 5 yr old Otto (who has now been sold and gone to his new home) had his second BE90 outing for a 37.3 dressage, a lovely clear show jumping round and breezed round the cross country clear and inside the time to take 7th place (he was actually joint 6th).
Handsome Dylan (who is for sale) had a disappointing dressage of 37, jumped a super smooth clear show jumping round and took the cross country in his stride so much so that he got 5 time penalties for going to quick – oops. Paddy in the BE100 got a fab 25.8 dressage, went super clear show jumping, but had an unusual run out cross country! Baby Bertie in the 5 year olds class had a 33 dressage, jumped his socks off for just 1 pole rolled down show jumping but unfortunately he just didn’t understand (he has never seen anything like it) the super skinny wedge triangle fence until the third attempt cross country – I do think my feeling so unwell probably impacted on these two poor boys!!
Somerford Park proved to be a better outing for Super Paddy who did a lovely dressage test (judge was a bit mean with the score we felt!!) for a 33.5, followed by a brilliantly smooth clear round show jumping and he was awesome cross country , jumping clear inside the time over the toughest course he has seen to take 7th place. Fahy whom I rode for just the fourth time at Somerford achieved a 36 dressage, just rolled 2 poles show jumping, then absolutely stormed round the cross country!
The following day I had a very good educational outing to a combined training competition where Tara, Basil and Bertie all jumped lovely clears to take 1st, 3rd and 2nd respectively in their classes. So pleased with all of them.
We also received confirmation that Tara who is fed on Rowen Barbary Power Supplement has qualified for the BE 4 year old championships at Osberton in October.
The fantastic new arena is now finished, however its needs rain! I think this will be one of the first times I have ever wished for rain, I can’t wait to start working the horses on it.