There's been so much going on over the past week - 10 days I've been non-stop!! We were out competing at Chilham Park unaffiliated Horse Trials last Saturday (17-05-14), then we've had SJ and dressage lesson this week with most of the horses on the yard, as well as new ones arriving.....!
was made.....she was coming home with me! There is more info on her and her past on my website but she has been produced and successfully competed as a show pony, including qualifying and competing at HOYS!!! She has settled in very quickly and is working nicely. I can't wait to get her out and about to competitions but with her being such a quality mare something tells me she won't be around for long! http://www.sarahgadd.com/helsington-lucky-star.html
Back to Chilham, and it was set to be a very busy day as the whole of 'Team Gadd' were competing in a variety of classes! It was my first event on my mum's horse 'big' Milli (Foxborough Star) and my two younger sisters, Sophie and Charlotte were also competing their two horses, Tiffany and Todd. As well as this I had two clients competing there as well......busy busy busy! We went and walked the course on Friday evening and it looked tiny! I think I'm so used to walking the BE Novice and Intermediate tracks that an unaffiliated 80cm track looked very easy, but I had to remember I was only on a baby at her first event!
Back to Saturday and we had a very early start but I didn't mind too much as Chilham is only half an hour away from us, so the 9am dressage wasn't too bad!! The ground was very slippery and poor Milli only has front shoes on and no stud holes! She coped very well however in the dressage arena which I was very pleased with as she is a big horse for me and at times it has felt like I've been trying to steer an ocean-liner around a dressage arena! I was even more pleased when I later found out the we scored a super score of 31.5 which put us into 4th place after dressage in an arena of over 30!
Sophie did a super dressage on Tiffany who also struggled with the slippery going but they scored 38.5 which Sophie was pleased with. Todd on the other hand warmed up beautifully for Charlotte but when he went in to do his test he thought he'd show off and impress the judge how amazing he looks if he prances around at full speed not listening to his jockey!! Charlotte thought the judge was being generous when she found out the scored 41.5!!
With the dressage behind us we went to do the jumping phases. Milli jumped a super round for me, really listening to what was being asked of her and she jumped very boldly over the scary fillers and planks. Unfortunately we did pick up 8 faults, two nocks and over the two most simple fences on the course......I don't think they were really big enough to keep her concentration as we've been training over bigger fences! She did however go on to jump a super clear round XC, taking everything in her stride. I took it steady as I didn't want her to slip and loose confidence but even with the 7.6 time faults we picked up she still finished in 7th place!! My mum and I were chuffed with her!
Todd made up for his 'cheeky' dressage in the jumping phases though and jumped a super clear round in the SJ arena and also a super clear XC round, well over the fences Charlotte asked him to jump anyway.....poor Charlotte had a horrible cold and headache, well that's her excuse for missing fence 8 on the XC course!! Sophie had two super jumping rounds on Tiffany, she had an unlucky stop in the SJ after Tiff slipped into a fence but she went on to jump an super clear XC which Sophie was chuffed with as it was their first event together! Sophie finished in 8th place in her arena.....I think it's safe to say she's now got the eventing bug!
Although some of the horses had a lazy end to the weekend work with mine carried on as normal and both Roxie and Milli are going brilliantly, the best they've gone for a long time. On Wednesday I had three SJ lesson with David Pearson-Smith and they all went great! 'big' Milli jumped very well and David was very impressed with her progress from our last lesson a few weeks ago. He also liked Roxie a lot and said she had a great attitude to work which was nice. He also pointed out that she was actually very careful over her fences, her faults come from her not taking enough time over her fences and within the half hour lesson I could already feel big improvements, so I can't wait for the next lessons! David once again tried his best to persuade me to just SJ Milli as she is such a talented jumper but I did say she's just as talented over XC fences. I am looking at the possibility of taking her to Hickstead to SJ later in the year but only if there aren't any events that weekend......eventing will always come first!!
This evening I had my dressage lesson with Jan Breeze and this week it was Milli's turn to have a lesson so we worked on my test for Borde Hill on Monday! Milli worked really well and even Jan commented that she worked the best she's ever seen her go! When I told her David was trying to persuade me to pure SJ her she said she could just as easily tell me to just do pure dressage with her so I guess that means I've got a pretty good event horse as she's a machine XC! It also makes me very proud when people comment on how well she is going as she's been produced by me with very little help :) Please click on the pictures above to view more pictures of us competing in various Gallery pages.....
Until next time,
***Keep Calm & Canter On***
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