So baby Jimmy’s eventing career has officially begun! Following a few more training outings in March and building up of the fitness work, I had another productive week of intensive training with Vittoria at the end of the month ahead of the start of our 2016 season.
I managed to find a conveniently timed hunter trial running relatively locally at Swalcliffe the week before his first eventing outing and he exceeded all expectations! He gave me a lovely birthday present with a super clear round his first ever cross country narrowly missing out on a rosette – so exciting to start with such confidence.
He then went on to make his debut at the brilliant Norton Disney, round the BE90. This was our first visit to this event for quite a few years and we were really impressed. It provided a lovely first event for Jimmy and the course provided lots of educational questions all the way round, I was glad to have had a run under his belt the week before with some technical enough combinations at this level, but he gave me an epic round – I didn’t know it was possible to have so much fun round an Intro! He really loved it and was a complete pro through varying ground conditions. He was impeccably behaved all day and it was as if he had been doing it for years – hard to believe he is still just four years old (rising 5)! His dressage was accurate and he really listened, but it was very baby with huge room for improvement to score 37.5. He was unphased by his first Showjumpinmg course on grass and popped round with a couple of technical inaccuracies on my part which cost us 3 poles which was a shame and also cost us our placing but early days yet and so much to be improved upon. Not a bad start!
Two weeks later we headed to Solihull for another 90 run – a better test, despite a score of 38 and a much improved flowing showjumping round so I was really disappointed to have a few too many poles down, Archie did 10 clear rounds last year so I absolutely hate not going clear, but Jimmy’s showjumping will come, he is pretty disinterested in making much effort round the fences at this height so we are looking forward to stepping up next time out. He was great across the country to come home inside the time. Again, in this phase he found it all far too easy so definitely ready for something a bit more interesting!
Both eventing videos on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TeamWoodEventing/
I went up to the gorgeous Withington Manor this weekend, our most local event and one of my favourites. Archie did an awesome double clear round the Novice there last year and having fully intended for him to be having a run in the Intermediate there this spring, it was a stark reminder of just how much I miss eventing him. I was seriously jealous not to be riding round their fantastic chunky tracks with my partner in crime.
I have finally got round to uploading Archie’s highlights video last week…………rather an emotional one!
We have an exciting few weeks ahead for Jimmy. He will have a short break after an exciting trip to Badminton for the BYEH and then gear up for his first BE100/5YO Classes…<< Back