We have still been busy competing though and Lady can now add superstar all-rounder to her CV! We have done 2 pure dressage competitions. One with our local riding club where she scored over 66% in both Novice tests to win! However it was a very expensive event for us with my iphone getting very soggy! We barely had time to dry out for our second attempt at pure dressage, and this time it was against proper dancing ponies at our first ever British Dressage event! Lady really did try so hard and warmed up the best she ever had. I was looking forward to showing her off and we went in much more confident with the help from my trainer Claire who has really supported us over the last month which I am really grateful for. Lady scored just over 64% in both tests to come 2nd & 3rd which I was really pleased about despite learning the wrong test and making a couple of mistakes in one. On the whole it was a great experience for the both of us (we survived!) and I finished the tests more out of breath than a show jumping round! (Never knew that was possible in dressage! )
The following week we went down to Arena UK for the Pony Club Hickstead qualifier. The Barlow have been trying to pick up this qualification for the past few years and this year was the first time ever Barlow have WON the event! We had 3 clear rounds which meant we went through on a score of 0 and all the other teams carried through at least 4 faults round a tough long show jumping course. It was the most challenging Lady has ever done and I was so pleased with how she coped. I was a little nervous and messed up a few shots but Lady showed her true heart of gold and pulled me out of trouble to jump what felt like an amazing clear round!