Well apart from work work and more work I've managed to get some eventing in and lots of fantastic training. So to quickly bring you up to date our next event after Shelford was Speetley. I really enjoy this event as its very local to us and we had a great run there coming 2nd last year. However the weather doesn't seem to be kind to them and it was no change this year! We did our dressage in torrential rain (no exaggeration!) Annie wasn't impressed and neither was I so we decided to withdraw and save her for another day after loosing a shoe at Shelford the week before as well.
Luckily it was only 2 weeks until our next even Skipton. Annie scored a super 28.3 to leave us in a great position going into the jumping phases. I must say I got hit with some serious nerves and didn't even want to continue in case it went wrong! Luckily my mum pulled me together giving me so much confidence we jumped an amazing double clear and I came back smiling! It was a tough XC so I was so pleased that Annie flew round making it feel easy. It was also the first time I took things back to basic putting her in a snaffle and drop bridle combination which she really seemed to love.
We then took her to Northallerton, their second event of the year. The dressage wasn't great if I'm honest I just didn't ride her very 'together', we were sniffing up the rear good & proper with a 35.8. (22nd to be exact!) We tootled off to enjoy the jumping and we had super rounds with a stunning double clear to move us up 16 bloody places to finish in 6th wooohooo. Less pressure= more fun !!!
We are now nearly up to speed! Which bring me to our recent event this weekend at another local event Frickley.
Frickley crew were hot on it moving all the show jumps a few feet to the side of the previous class which made a big difference and I was so grateful as it was really cut up and deep in between. The first 3 competitors had it tough with a 3 eliminations one after the other. Didn't do much for the nerves or the observers ! Annie coped pretty well (I did trot around a few sharp corners as I felt her slipping) we came out with 4 faults which I was delighted with considering the conditions.
Cross county was a testing course and I was second to run just as the heavens opened. I let Annie set the pace and we had such a lovely confident round (despite not being able to see very well!)- we probs enjoyed ourselves a little too much taking our time in places to make sure we can home on 4 legs, as we picked up 10 time faults (unlike us), which after finding out we did a super 29.3 dressage even with a pole left us in 4th spot. We ended up 12th just outside placings with the added time faults, so no ribbon this time but a fab happy FUN days Eventing huge thanks to all the volunteers at Frickley top job keeping the show on the road.
Next top Skipton regional final!