The only way I can really thank my horses for their incredible effort this season and for keeping out of trouble is by buying them a huge bag of carrots! (and the occasional cheeky ginger nut biscuit!!)
2013 has been my best season so far, fulfilling many of my life long ambitions. Ticking boxes is always nice but like everything, comes with the usual ups and downs. Dressage slowly improved, then dramatically to a PB of 23.5. Still lots to work on over the winter, especially with Lady who is only just starting to carry herself making my job a little bit easier!
Show Jumping has to be the most consistent this year with 24 rounds not touching a single pole out of 28 events between them both! Cross country again has been very strong with 23 clear rounds. As soon as the dressage becomes more consistent, which will over time as they both mature I see 2014 being ever more competitive. Its easy to forget I am riding a 5 and 7 year old!
I simply cannot pick one highlight from this season so these are my top 3!
- First ever WIN! (Horse and hound magazine feature)
- Producing a 5yo from BE90 to BE Novice in 1 season
- Completing my first Intermediate-Novice 11th
Lady was up next and the wobbly leg syndrome kicked in (thats me not the horse!) with it being her first Novice and the first time I have every ridden a 5yo round one! I knew she was up for it, but might need my help at a few questions so I needed to focus 100%. Her dressage was green but a respectable 38.5 was scored. The show jumping was causing havoc all day long with only 4 clears in Lady's section. Lady jumped out of her skin over the biggest course she had ever tackled, just to tap fence 2, I was thrilled she tried so hard for me! We set off for cross country and I was grinning from ear to ear with the feeling of excitement underneath me. As I crossed through the finishing flags I thought I had one second to spare but upon results I was one second over the optimum and CLEAR! What an achievement for us both... not expecting to be placed I actually couldn't believe it when 6th place went up next to my name. Lady the Legend certainly living up to her name. And that was it, my last event completed. Driving the lorry home in absolute glee with the best supporter and helper ever... my mum!