We moved onto the Show jumping phase which was 10 fences long and had 2 doubles in it. Puzzle did a really nice round if you look at the video below, I felt I had took on board what Sarah had taught me earlier in the week using my medium canter well and softening at least two strides into the fence. I even went for the long one a couple of times which surprised me! Unfortunately Puzzle was clumsy and left her back feet behind on 2 fences so we picked up 8 faults. I was a bit disappointed with her as she jumped so nicely I felt I didn't know what had gone wrong as I couldn't of placed her any better, but I suppose that's the game of Eventing your either lucky on the day or not!
After I had ran round the cross country course which was only 15 fences long and had an optimum time of 3.20! Yes 3.20! I couldn't believe how short the course was it would have suited Candy well as her stamina isn't quite ready for 4 and a half minutes long but I could of done with a bit more of a challenging course for Puzzle to set her up for Kelsall Hill as the Novice there is decent. Normally Draycott House is full up and very long with a quick optimum time so don't expect it to be like this for their second event! We seemed to be back before we had even set off! I thought we had done it in half the time! Puzzle flew round she was definitely made to do cross country she knows courses better than me and she hasn't even walked them!
We finished on a score of 45.5, I think il forgive her just this time for being clumsy as it was her first event! Think I will school her next time in lead weight back boots. Just been told the correct theory behind these boots.. they alter the way the muscles through their hocks and stifle move and react which gives a higher action behind over a fence. Thank Claire! If they work or not I will let you know.