As you can imagine a lot of the horses that where entered into this class had already competed at Novice level and above so Candy had a tough job to compete with it being her first time at this higher level.
She warmed up nicely but as we went into our test I felt her just fighting me a little and not fully relaxing as she had been prior. I had a little argument with her for the first movement and she eventually gave in! Her trot work was nice scoring 7's, however the medium trot was not quite established so we dropped a few marks there to 6's. The canter was good she scored 7's but dropped to 6's again for the medium canter, I didn't think she showed a bad one but the comments where falling in slightly which I guess is just a balance issue with her being young. The counter canter she tried really hard with and scored a respectful 7 for that movement. The rein back was not bad for a first attempt she was straight but was a little slow in responding!! All in all it was a great try for her first go at a Novice test, its nice to know there are lots of ways to improve the test though for next time. She came out with 38.5 which put us around half way. The Show Jumping had a fair few big spreads that were up to height with only just over half in my section jumping clear. Candy was one of those!! YEY! We got a little close to 2 fences but she opened out for the big spreads (thank god!) to come out with a well deserved clear round! The cross country was nice with a few changes this year and a added loops. (see course pictures) Candy cruised round well within the time yet again with her 4th double clear in a row! We were just out of the placings in the end but I couldn't really grumble with her performance!
Check out the Hedcamz footage of her cross country round where you see what Candy see's! Its nice to watch from a different perspective! Next she is at Bradwall BE100 which is very beefy setting her up nicely for the prestigious Chatsworth Horse Trials for her first proper Novice run!
We are off to Weston Lawns for the Easter week with Lady & Candy to jump so technical bold BSJA courses ready for our move up. I'm hoping Lady will be ready for her first run in May all being well. She seems to be taking to everything asked of her so far which is always a good sign!
My other good news is that Candy received her qualification for the Badminton Grassroots, so if we don't manage to pick up more than 5 Novice BE points before then I would love to take her.