Candy was booked into do the BE100 at Bishop Burton as a warm up for her first Novice next weekend. It couldn't have gone any better, Candy did one of her nicest dressage tests to date scoring 29.5!!! (Yes you read that correctly, and yes I was a little surprised too!) I didn't actually know what I got dressage until I had completed cross country. It always seems to work out better when I don't know my score!
The show jumping was a lovely course on their new fantastic arena (an arena most people dream about!) Candy did another superb clear round, we hurried off to cross country as soon as we were ready. The course looked lovely with a few fences on tight angles but nothing I was particularly worried about. I set her up well so she could see the second elements and breezed through them all. The water complex was fantastic for a BE100 it had a big log 2 strides into the water then another log in the water, not many 100 course have a jump in the water (in fact I can't really think of another place that does!) Luckily we had practised jumping a few in water at Somerford Park. She flew over it and around the rest of the course. I heard my mum shouting something but didn't fully understand until I had finished the course. She had a huge smile on her face and started to giggle like a little girl, so code for that could only mean one thing... We had a great dressage! (anything under 30 is a huge achievement for us, like getting 4 numbers on the lottery!) Another double clear under her belt, set us up perfect for our first Novice next weekend. We went to look at the score board to find we had come 2nd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As much as its my dream to win a BE section one day I was thrilled with our best BE placing at 100 level and on my self produced 6yo felt an even bigger achievement.
So after another great double clear (even though I couldn't walk in the morning!|) she had moved up to 7th after SJ, then even higher after the cross country results were up. We finished in 3rd place which I couldn't believe for her first ODE. I have both horses competing at Brand Hall next weekend, Lady is doing her first 4yo class (which is BE90) and Candy is doing her first Novice. I can't tell you how excited I am after such a great run this weekend.
I have videos of them both in action as well as course pictures for BE100 at Bishop Burton.
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