I can’t believe that I am already doing the last lot of entries for this year – where has that time gone?!
The Bicton International Horse Trials is always a real treat for us, and the August event this year was no exception. It was superbly run by Helen West and her team, and made us all extremely proud of our local event! Bobby and Billy did their 2nd ever CIC**. Both completed reasonable dressage tests, but felt a bit flat and quiet in the show jumping, which was disappointing. Unfortunately, Billy then was a bit un-level with a bruised sole, but I ran Bobby XC and he felt calm and confident. Sadly Joey had a stiff neck. I think due to playing too vigorously in the field! As a result, he’s had to have a quiet couple of weeks… not very good timing, we had to miss both Bicton and Blair 🙁 Thankfully Emily kept the ‘King’ name up there at Bicton by winning the OIu21 with Dargun, a novice section with Quinn, and was 2nd with Zara in the CIC**. Congratulations Emily!
My three have been competing from the field all of this year, but I felt due to how quiet and flat they were feeling that it was best to start keeping them in. Now, I can feed them a bit more hard feed and restrict their grass intake. I ran them next in the intermediate at Gatcombe and they felt much brighter with more energy, putting in smart performances in each phase.
Pontispool, the other of our local events, was on the Monday after Blenheim. Becca had been looking after the horses well while we were at Blenheim, hacking them out each day, and doing their fast work every 3rd day.
My three ran in the IN to give them a nice confidence boost before their International runs. Bobby won, Billy was 3rd and Joey 4th, what good boys. Emily also had a successful event with Zara winning the OIu21, and the 3 younger horses going well.
Billy and Joey are going out to the lovely Lignieres CCI in France at the end of Sept (Emily is taking Zara and Quinn). Bobby is 2nd reserve for the 7yr old ‘World Champs’ at Le Lions D’Angers CCI** in France in October. Fingers crossed he gets into the squad.
I have been very spoilt with a new 4×4 from my sponsors Mitsubishi. They changed the Shogun I had for a super new one… I feel very lucky, what a treat, thank you so much Mitsubishi.
I was asked to do the Burghley preview for Horse and Hound, so walked the course mid Aug and gave my opinion on each fence.
During August we had a few different prize winners come to the yard, including the Ascot Timber Buildings prize winner, Alex Holman, who had won a lesson with me – hopefully it was helpful!
Our 5th and final foal arrived safely, a very correct dark bay filly (by Jaguar Mail) with no white markings, named Maple by the owner’s children! Checking the 5 foals each day can become very time consuming… especially stroking and scratching them, and watching them play with each other.
We have had some more fantastic mirrors fitted in our new arena, thank you Mirrors for Training, we love them. They are such a beneficial part of our training. Sometimes things feel so different to how they actually look, for example the horses outline, activity and engagement. It is also so easy to get into bad habits with your position when working on our own, so there is no excuse for us now!