I have been taking it steady in an attempt to get better and I gave in last week and went to the doctors for some serious drugs! Now I'm making a slow recovery but am very eager to get back to normal and begin to prepare for the next event season, especially now British Eventing have published the 2013 event calendar!!!
Roxie and Milli are starting to come back into work now after time off and both are feeling very fresh! They've been hacking for the last two weeks and I schooled them for the first time yesterday and they both worked really well :) They have also been spoilt recently as I've brought them one dressage saddle and one jump saddle each! Anyway back to what's been happening recently.....
We had a very busy weekend out competing both days with a range of horses and ponies. Let's start with Saturday and we were at Blue Barn Equestrian Centre for a dressage competition in the hope of qualifying for the Dressage Championships at Hickstead in May 2013. I was doing the Prelim 18 on my sisters cob, Mars (or Little Hot Toddie!) and other than when we he first came to us over a year ago I've only ridden him once....Friday, the day before! He's so much fun to ride and we did a cracking test scoring an amazing 76.25% which was the winning mark by quite a few %!!! I wasn't expecting to win at all, as after all he is only a cob and there were some very fancy warmbloods there and over 20 in the arena, but he performed a beautiful test! So nice that we are going to work on his dressage more at home and hopefully take him affiliated in the near future. Because of this win in Prelim 18 we have qualified for the Prelim Championships at Hickstead next year.....exciting :) My younger
sister, Sophie and two of my Clients, Lottie and Faith were also doing the prelims and all gained great marks too!
We were back to Blue Barn on Sunday, but this time for some SJ. I took Emily to jump in the 80cm class and she jumped a super double clear to finish in 6th place! Not bad considering she has had nearly two weeks off because I was away on holiday and then ill! Oh and I was so pleased with how she behaved, especially as I clipped her Sunday morning before we went. It was the first ever time she's been clipped and she was so good and didn't even flinch! I LOVE that pony! Both my sisters were there SJ on Toddie (Mars) and Tiffany, as well as one of my Clients, Lottie. They picked up many top placings between them all and a HUGE well done to Lottie who WON the Pony Club Dengie Qualifier and Charlotte was second on Mars, qualifying them both for the second rounds next year! Todd (Mars) is such a super horse, qualifies for Hickstead Dressage Championships one day, then the Pony Club Dengie SJ the next and next weekend he will be off out with our local hunt!
Lots going on over the next few weeks so keep checking back to see what's happened as well as what is planned! Next outing will be Roxie and Milli to a local dressage show then they will be out SJ preparing for the 2013 event season!
Before all that though we have a very busy weekend coming up.....BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! Starting tomorrow with a shopping trip to get some new clothes ready for my birthday meal at a rather fancy restaurant courtesy of my brother :) Can't wait!!
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