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We had a great weekend out competing, I was out on Diaz and Sophie was competing on mums 'big' Milli. We went to a local Combined Training show held by SMP Events at Blue Barn Equestrian Centre. The SMP Events held by Scott and his team are brilliantly run competitions and the facilities at Blue Barn are second to none so if you haven't been there before I thoroughly recommend you go and check it out.......there's always a rang on things on too :)
It was Diaz's first combined training outing and her first time jumping in the competition environment. She behaved beautifully and won her first dressage test with a score of 69.7%, our score would have been 70%+ but muppet on top (me) forgot to walk at the right marker so we got -2 marks! We then jumped around the 75cm course, which looked absolutely tiny and Diaz is capable of much more but I wanted her to have fun and enjoy her first jump outing. She jumped a great round, just picking up an unlucky 4 faults for a babyish mistake at the beginning of the course. After a short break we were back on to do our second dressage test and Diaz performed another super test and we came 4th. She was starting to feel a bit tired I think which the judge picked up on but we got 8's in both our tests and fantastic comments from the judge including 'very attractive and elastic horse, huge potential here!' Diaz's tiredness soon disappeared when the jump saddle came back out and she went on to jump a fantastic clear around the 85cm track making it feel very easy! I can't wait to get her out to her first event now :-) She behaved beautifully all day, standing quietly at the lorry munching on her haynet between rounds! For more pictures of us on the day as well as a video of our second test and SJ rounds please 'CLICK HERE'.
Sophie had a brilliant outing with mums mare as they prepare for their first affiliated event at Brightling this weekend. She won the junior Prelim test with a 70+% score and junior Novice test with 64+% as well as jumping two super sj rounds which resulted in Sophie winning the overall juniors combined training.....great weekend for us all :-)
Team Gadd are off to Brightling BE Horse Trials this weekend but a slightly different way round to normal....I will be groom / trainer on the floor and it will be Sophie competing on 'big' Milli. It is their first BE90 and first affiliated appearance together so we wish them the very best of luck. Check back here next week to find out how they get on.....
Milli will be back out competing over the next few weeks too, I haven't decided when / where yet but will post on here our plans when I've decided what we're doing! Roxie will continue to chill in the field but I might start taking her for the odd hack out every now and again as she does love a nice wander out round the roads!
Until next time,
***Keep Calm & Canter In***
I'm back from the most amazing holiday I've been on in a long time, all courtesy of my very generous boyfriend! Plus my hand is feeling much much better......win win!! I did do some jet skiing a few days before we came home which perhaps wasn't a good idea as I caught quite a big wave and clouted my hand but it's feeling fine again now so I can't wait to get back on the horses and 'bring on the summer' is all I say!
Milli has had a short holiday and surprisingly she isn't as fat as I was expecting her to be when I returned as Milli does love her food!! She will come back into work now and we are going to go down a slightly different direction with her for the time being and step away from the eventing for the time being. She clearly hasn't been enjoyed our last few runs and although I'm unsure as to why she's not been her usual self XC, I don't want to push her and run the risk of an accident and us getting injured or Milli loosing her confidence all together. We are going to do a few fun shows and concentrate on her show jumping for a while, getting our double clears for second rounds and start jumping some foxhunter classes soon hopefully.
Roxie is continuing to enjoy her time in the field and after cutting open her knee again a few weeks before I went away I pleased to say it's now looking great again....thanks to 'Team Gadd' looking after her whilst I was away! I am still un sure as to what her future holds, I doubt she will ever jump again unfortunately but we may play around and with a spot of dressage this year and then my aim is to put her in foal next year. I would love to put her in foal this year but I'm worried it's getting a bit late now to start trying?! I really like the look of the coloured stallion Amor Z (got a bit of a soft spot for coloureds, as long as they aren't too white that is!!) If you have any ideas of good stallions please let me know as I'm on the search for one now, ideally with good movement and nice / big front end and shoulders as that's Roxie's downfall conformation wise.......TIA.
Diaz has been kept in light work by my mum and sister whilst I have been away and I have a few little shows lined up for her over the next few weekends so she can get out and start to see a bit more of the world now and hopefully she'll be out at her first event very soon, so......watch this space!! :)
***Keep Calm & Canter On***
We were off XC schooling again with Diaz, this time to the fantastic Bonfleur XC course, last Saturday and she was super! She is really getting the hang of this XC malarkey now, I can't wait to get her out to her first event soon!
The following day I was having my two new custom made saddles delivered and fitted courtesy of one of my fabulous sponsors, D A Saddles! Both saddles are absolutely fantastic and Milli felt great in them so she clearly likes them and I love the position they put me in and I get a great feel of the horse, although Milli did have a cheeky moment which ended with an afternoon spent in A+E...........
Unfortunately, as you may have seen / heard on Facebook, I have frustratingly broken my hand in a few places! I was having my two new saddles fitted by Dave, courtesy of D A Saddles and Milli had a cheeky moment at a tiny fence which resulted in me doing an involuntary dismount! I landed on my feet so am still unsure how I broke my hand as I was still holding her with my broken hand! I knew straight away I had done some form of damage to my hand as I had really bad pins and needles, not that it stopped me from getting back on....I had a new saddle to ride in and nothing was going to stop me trying it out! Milli continued to feel cheeky but was jumping out of her skin and popping 1.35m as if it was 75cm! Prior to us parting company in my new Orpheus dressage Milli was schooling amazingly and felt so free through her back and shoulders, plus her medium trot was feeling great :)
(For more pictures of Milli and I in our super new saddles please Click Here)
The pins and needles weren't getting any better so I knew I'd either broken or severely damaged something in my hand! So whilst everyone was un-tacking and sorting Milli out for me I sat with my hand wrapped up in ice trying to control the swelling. My nan had a hospital appointment that afternoon so I tagged along with them and headed into A+E, still trying to convince myself that I'd just banged it and all would be ok......whilst sat waiting, for what felt like hours the swelling continued and I was starting to believe that I'd broken something! The triage nurse called me in and I was sent straight to have an x-ray. I was then asked to go and wait back in reception whilst they looked at the x-ray. I wasn't sat for long this time before they called me back in and gave me the news that I'd 'done a good and proper job' and broken my hand in a few places! Great, just what I wanted to hear!!! I then had to sit in the 'cast throne' as they called it waiting to have a cast put on it!
Following the cast being put on I was allowed home and told to take it easy, which isn't something I'm that good at doing! I didn't sleep that well Saturday night as trying to keep my hand higher than my heart was proving quite difficult whilst I was lying down so I did wake up a few times with it throbbing as the blood rushed back to it! I probably did a bit to much yesterday morning as it was feeling very sore in the afternoon / evening but being treated to a nice meal out by the other half made it much better, momentarily at least :) I'm back at work today, trying my best to take things steady and although I didn't manage to muck out this morning, although I was quite impressed I managed to change rugs, make feeds, feed, fill haynets and turn them out!
I was back at the fracture clinic Tuesday to hear my prognosis and when I left Saturday I was given three outcomes; I may need surgery on it, I may need to have it in a cast for 4-6 weeks or I will have my last two fingers taped together and a split made for me. As I'm sure you can imagine I was hoping and praying it to be the later of those three scenarios! Luckily after a few hours spent in the fracture clinic I had my cast removed and had my last two fingers taped together. I was so pleased to get the cast of that was for sure! I have another appointment in 6 weeks time where they will x-ray it again and check it is all healing as it should. I had been told no riding until the 6 week check up as well but we all knew that wasn't going to last.....I got home from work Tuesday and went outside in my tracksuit bottoms with no intention of riding at all but I did end up having a little ride on Milli as she looked so confused when Sophie was riding her as she has hardly ever been ridden by anyone else since being backed and she couldn't understand why I wasn't on board! She behaved very well and I was in no more pain riding which was good news! I will be good and take it easy though over the next few weeks as I'm off on holiday soon so will have a break with no riding which will do my hand the world of good, I just won't be able to do that many water sports! Oh, well just relaxing on the beach or by the pool for me then :)
Until next time,
***Keep Calm * Canter On***