Candy's first year competing here, my third. I walked the course the night before and I must of rode the course over and over in my sleep at least fifty times! I woke up Friday morning nice and early in preparation for doing my dressage test. I don't usually do them the day before, but with it being so local (20 mins) its daft not to. We bathed and plaited Candy that morning in the horrible drizzly rain and Candy was not happy to say the least, probably not one of my brightest ideas when I am about to ask her to do her best dressage test of her life for me!
Well I was right, she was a little grumpy and didn't get the score I had hoped for, we were both a little tense (candy more so from the cold shower haha!) but we came out with a reasonable 37.5 which left us in 22nd position after dressage.
Everyone knows its never a dressage competition at Chatsworth so with everything to play for on Saturday I was determined to try and stay on that score. The SJ was causing the usual problems and only 10 clear rounds were achieved that day in my section, luckily for me its one of Candy's favourite phases and she didn't disappoint with a fabulous clear round. I came out feeling a little wobbly and sick.. then I remembered I forgot to breathe!
Despite meeting a duck in the water and going that fast I can't recall the whole round it felt fantastic and Candy really showed her boldness and her love of cross country.
We finished on 39.9 to move all the way up to 9th place, when I went to receive my ribbon at prize giving they also said I had won the best local prize, which has always been an ambition of mine and I had to retain my excitement as I went to shake the title sponsors hand!
Huge thanks to everyone who came to support Candy & I, that is what really makes the event and it was so nice to have someone cheering us on at every fence! Bring on next year!