Candy warmed up for dressage really nicely and I was confident I could get a nice test out of her today. She has got in the habit of doing flying changes in the middle of canter work which makes my job much harder in dressage but easier in show jumping! The first half of the test felt really nice and was pretty accurate. As we went into canter and I pushed her on for the medium canter she threw a quick change in but I managed to change her back quickly! (Cheeky horse!) I came out of the test pleased with her effort. When I looked at the score board to see she had a 38 I was a little disappointed but can only think I need to work on the medium trot and medium canter and ask even more from her. I never got my test sheet back so was unsure what the comments would of said.
I had walked the cross country and felt it was a true test at Novice level. In fact I have never felt so nervous, either I was out of it or they were huge!!! (maybe both!) The course never let up the whole way round, question after question. Candy set off well and I was determined to get round . The first combination at fence 5 was two skinny bushes on a curve downhill from a ski jump. We didn't hit the first part particularly well so I had to really ride for the second element. I was soon as the first water, a tight turn to a brush drop fence caused us no problems and Candy went straight in.
After this weekend I have so much confidence in her, and will really be going for it at our next run at Kelsall Hill.