Its always nice going to an event and actually feeling like you can be competitive or even come away with that all important ribbon. I had to mentally prepare myself for this event and keep telling myself not to get downhearted when looking at the score board. After all I was competing against the best professional riders in the world on their top class 6yo's who would probably go on to be there next 4* horse! So when William Fox Pitt (hat's off to him) topped the leader board not just taking 1st but 2nd too I knew I was there just to enjoy myself and if I could complete that would be as good as winning for me.
We were due to Show Jump an hour after dressage, so I didn't have much time at all to stew about the rather large obstacles I would be jumping! It was a long and technical course with 13 jumping efforts. We went in and gave it our all, the spreads seemed so much wider then usual so when I had both part of the double down at fence 4 I stepped the canter up a gear and she flew the rest, I was really pleased with that and how well Lady had concentrated in the arena. As soon as we jumped fence 1 she switched onto me and we soon forgot about all the crowd, friends and family watching and enjoyed what we were in there for.. the jumping!!