I got her ready for dressage and went across to the warm up. It was quite tight and had no grass coverage, you could see all the stud marks in the ground! Puzzle warmed up lovely and I was feeling confident. The dressage arenas were in the next field, and it was getting more windy. I had to stop and wait for about 5 minutes until it was my time to go in. As I trotted around the ring Puzzle had dropped off the bit and wasn't going as forward as before. I was a bit worried and tried to push her down more before the bell rang. As we went in she settled a little and showed a lovely medium trot. Just as I went around the corner towards A I totally forgot where I was going, my mind went blank, I was so much in the moment I had lost my way! The horn beeped and my heart sank! I was so mad with myself as I really needed every mark possible to overcome the annoying 37.5 I kept on getting! I thought to myself its OK, only one movement so I turned a circle and went back to re-do the movement I had missed. In places I let the pressure show and came out disappointed with myself. I found out my score whilst I was waiting for show jumping, mum came running to me.. guess what you got.. guess what you got... 32!!!! I couldn't believe it, I was shocked and so happy that I had finally broken the 37.5 barrier.
The show jumping turned out to be a very long wait, Puzzle warmed up lovely and jumped the course amazing, we hit everything perfect and she flew round. As we came to the last fence which was a double she just caught the pole which fell. I was so pleased with the round I let the 4 faults go! I looked at the score board before going cross country and noticed people were getting lots of time faults so it must of been a quick time. I set my watch to the optimum and kept reminding myself not to forget to press it!
We set off out the start box, and before I knew it we were already back through the finish! It was such a quick time I could hardly even remember what I had jumped! Puzzle was amazing though and as I came through the finishing flags I knew she was ready to move up a level. We finished in 8th place and gained another BE point.
Next run is the final Musto Qualifier which we are currently in joint 10th. If I manage to get a placing at this last event, hopefully I will have done enough to get one on the fantastic prizes on offer. I have also entered Puzzle into her first CCI* at Osberton, I'm so excited!