We had yet another great weekend out evening with Milli, this time at Goring Heath BE Horse Trials. We were entered in the BE100 and we were planning on this being our last run at this level....so we wanted a good run!
We had pretty early start times which wasn't so good....you know your out on the yard early when it's still dark outside!! Being out so early also made me realise that many of the lights bulbs need replacing as it was still pretty dark once I'd turned the lights on!!!!! Haha, another job to be added to the to do list.....
Anyway, back to Goring and as soon as we got there I set of to walk my XC course whilst mum and Sophie took Milli for a walk round and put her studs in. As always the XC at Goring is very technical and up to height, but I felt Milli was ready for the challenge :)
Dressage was first and I have been riding slightly differently on the flat with Milli recently. We have been trying a more 'workman' like approach to our
flatwork and I am pleased to say it is working and the judge commented on what a confident picture we portrayed :)
On to the SJ and it was up to height with many related distances but Milli just makes it feel easy. If anything, I think she is finding it a bit too easy now as
we picked up an unfortunate 4 faults when she forgot about her back legs over a spread as she was too busy looking at the surroundings!! Not to worry as after
this she jumped brilliantly though and at the end of the day she is still a baby, but it is nice to see how quickly she learns from her mistakes!
Now the fun bit, even Milli knows this is the best bit as we jogged over towards the warm up and whilst warming up she kept having the odd little buck and squeak to herself......odd horse!!! Due to the hills and undulations at Goring it is normally quite hard to get inside the time so I set off quick and meant business! The course ran backwards to how it has run for many years which seemed to make the time slightly more achievable. Milli absolutely flew round, taking all the direct routes, including dropping off the step into the water, and came home clear inside the time! :)
I was chuffed with how she went and I have now plucked up the courage to move her up to Novice level! I have been discussing it with mum for quite a few weeks now as she is showing how much potential she has but I don't want to over face her so early on in her event career. However I have now decided that she is ready to move up, so she is entered in the Novice at South of England which is going to be an educational outing for her preparing for this level next year, so lots of training to be done over the next few weeks.
For some more pictures and a video from Goring Click Here.
Until next time,
Keep Calm & Canter On
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