We went to Breckenbrough for a tough BE100 run and that it was! So many skinnies, combinations and angled brushes that tested us both but she jumped another class double clear, it was just the dressage that held us back with a still reasonable 32.5 placing us 7th when we need to be 6th for another RF.
We then scheduled in mid week the new BEDE Eventer Trial who are holding a final at Osberton for the top 30. Annie was super jumping double clear and picking up 2nd place which gave us 9 points and enough to get us into the final which I am really looking forward to.
The following week all I did was work on the dressage and my up and coming test which was the BE105 in the long arena. I popped down to Sarah Healy's for a lesson and we really worked on the consistency to the bridle. At the end we were both knackered but had felt we had mastered it finally!!!
Off we went to our second regional final at Llanymynech feeling a lot more confident about the dressage.
I was gutted to see a mark of 32.5 which was about half way in the section, I really did think it was high 20's from the previous tests she has done, but then again I have to remember I am against a lot more established horses at the top of their game.
She did another amazing double clear but I stupidly slowed down at the end as looked at my watch and still had a minute to go, at Shelford I picked up 2 seconds too fast, this time I picked up 3 seconds too slow!! This cost us the place we so badly wanted to Badders booo hoooo!! If I was 2 seconds over I would have qualified it was that close! 0.1 in it from 5th to 6th! Unfortuntely for some reason it wasn't meant to be our turn, so I am setting our sights firmly on Aske RF coming up in a few weeks. It was nice to see us up there in top 6 I must admit, its given me confidence to keep going, we can do this!!!
Annie is off to the Yorkshire Challenge BE100 final in 2 weeks at Frickley, which I am hoping to successfully get round this time!! It will be perfect prep for her should we get to badders as its a top end BE100 course. Also a familiar face is coming to stay with us... Candy Blue gets her old stable back for the weekend. Delighted to have Alison and Candy with us who are also competing in the BE105.