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Goldie has been coming along so well and picking up everything so quickly and dealing with it all like a big girl! She's not silly, very relaxed and brave which is great news! We all love her so much. The video below is the first time trotting in the menage with mum and out hacking for the very first time!
Well that's 2016 a wrap! The last few weeks have been fairly quiet compared to usual. Lots of work has been going on with my house so Annie has had an easy run up to her last event. In hindsight this wasn't the best idea as I have always found the more consistent her runs are the better she has gone!
On the run up to Norton Disney RF, she had 2 other finals to attend. At Vale View the Arena eventing champs she finished 8th in the Intermediate, and 10th despite picking up 4 faults, which she would have won without as was spot on the optimum... typical! Still a good day had and that set us up nicely for the Eventer Trial champs at Osberton. This was held over the 5yo championship course, something I have always wanted to jump around. Although Annie didn't manage it as a 5yo she flew round a year later picking up 3rd place which we were delighted with.
In the meantime we had such an exciting delivery... I was selected to be a brand ambassador for another year with Dublin Clothing. I was so lucky to receive there new autumn/winter range to trial and it did not disappoint so many stunning items that are so different to whats out there but still so affordable.
So as we prepared for our last event I couldn't prepare for how Annie was about to act! She showed up warming up for dressage, and someone decided to sit right behind the dressage judge eating there breakfast behind the bushes which sent Annie into a spooky wreck! Luckily the judge asked them to move on, however she was now tight and tense! A 33.3 was a fair score, but I couldn't help but feel disappointed after how amazing she has been feeling in this phase. I went show jumping before knowing my score which I think helped and she jumped a lovely clear round. We then looked at the scores before XC, and to our delight saw we were up there among the top few!
As we warmed up for XC the sun had begun to come out, it was very low and made it hard for riders and horses to focus on the fences. The one before me had a nasty fall at fence 3 and I must admit I had a terrible jump at it as well. We recovered and cantered onto fence 5 again in the same direction, the sun had created a shadow across the fence and Annie decided to spook at this strides out before, I should of reacted quicker and taken the alternative but I didn't and that was it 20 pens added and our Badminton dreams over for this year!
It was hard to not feel disappointed after last time missing out by 1 place, and again it being in our sights, but that's how it goes and now I have got to decide whether to hold her back at 100 for another year or move her up to Novice! Decisions decisions!!
2016 Season Review
Here you can read Becci's Eventing Diary