We have been quite busy recently with two competitions last week, first was show jumping at Blue Barn Equestrian Centre last Wednesday and both horses jumped really well! You can tell they have started their fittening work with some more canters out as they are both incredibly fresh at the moment and although they both behaved they did find it very exciting being out for the first competition of 2014!
Milli jumped a super round in the 1.05m class with just a very unlucky 4 faults at the first fence. I don't think she was really concentrating on what was being asked of her, instead she seemed more interested in showing the people watching how good her bucks and squeaks were..... strange horse! However the rest of her round was super and she made it feel easy.
Roxie was next and she was even fresher than Milli! It was only my third time jumping Roxie in a WOW saddle and she certainly felt much more free through her back as she put in some big bucks in the warm up on landing through excitement that she felt more free to jump! She was much more adjustable and controllable to the fences which was really nice as I don't normally get much say in the speed matter! Haha. We did get 8 faults unfortunately but that didn't reflect the round at all as it was by far the best SJ round we have ever jumped with just unlucky poles, one where she came back to me much quicker and more politely than expected so we just got a tad close. With more practice in these saddles so we can both get used to it and the clear rounds should be fine :)
With two days of hacking and light schooling we were back out with both to Blue Barn Equestrian Centre on Saturday for some dressage and they again both went really well with placings in all classes.
First to go was Milli in Novice 38 and she did a cracking test and her medium trot is really coming on nicely :) Milli scored 69.9% and won the class! Good start to the afternoon! Milli then had a small break before her next test which was Elementary 44. It was Milli's first attempt at this level however she did a lovely test, obviously there was plenty to improve on but she scored a sound 62.8% to finish in 3rd place!
Roxie was next and her first test time was only 35 mins after Milli did Elementary 44! I did the same class on Roxie as a bit of a warm up and she did a reasonably nice test but due to short warm up she remained a bit tense throughout and because of this she scored 61.8% and was beaten into 4th place by Milli! Roxie's next test was much more up her street as we did Medium 61 so with more advanced movements she had plenty to keep her occupied! She performed a lovely test to score 65.8% and finishing in 3rd place! She got some lovely comments and scored lots of 7's and even got some 8's for her half pass in trot and canter as well as her extended trot, not bag for our first attempt together at that level :)
Check out both Roxie's and Milli's Gallery Pages to see more pictures and videos from the two competitions at Blue Barn.....
With both horses going so well we are all getting very excited about what the season has to offer..... roll on March! Next on the competition calendar is combined training at Felbridge at the end of the month.
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