I have been going to South of England International BE Horse Trials for many years and it has to be one of my favourite events as it is always run so smoothly and the courses are great! Milli did her first BE100 at SofE back in April and after very consistent runs at this level throughout the year I decided to make the big step up and run her Novice.....I was very nervous as I didn't want to over face Milli at her young age of just 5 years old but she, once again amazed us all.....
We have been working very hard on her flatwork for SofE as there was more advanced movements in the novice test that she hasn't done before like medium trot and canter. She performed a good test considering her age to score 39.0
plus we got very positive comments from the judge!
On to the SJ and it was by far the biggest track we have ever jumped together.
It looked like it was riding well so in we went.....Milli jumped really well. We
did come out with an unfortunate eight faults, one pole by the gate where she
lost attention slightly and the second pole was where she mis read the width of
a spread as they are considerably wider than BE100 fences!!
On to the XC and this was the bit I was looking forward to the most although I knew it was going to be a big ask. I walked the course on arrival very carefully, taking all the 'long routes' into consideration. I saw carefully, I had to run, no sprint, round as we got stuck in traffic on the M25, like many other riders did after an accident closing some lanes, which resulted in us arriving later than planned!! Anyway, back to our XC round and Milli was AWESOME!!!! She flew round the track, taking all the direct routes and making it all feel so easy!! I didn't hurry her and we came home with 13.6 time faults which turned out to be quite fast and only one in the arena made it inside the time so I was chuffed with her. We finished in 23rd place out of a very big arena of over 40 competitors!!
Check out Milli's Competition Gallery for more pictures and a video from SofE and also check out Ultimate Images Sponsorship page as Paul got lots of great pics.....
Some more great news is that Roxie is now coming back into work after 'pratting' about in the field and basically spraining her fetlock......silly horse, she does all this eventing yet manages to hurt herself chilling in the field!!! Although we are just doing walk work at the moment, she feels and is looking great, if not a little fat and fluffy!
Now the eventing season is finished for us at SG Eventing things would normally calm down a bit but not this year. Milli is going from strength to strength at the moment so she will only have a short holiday to wind down before working on our dressage and SJing over the winter. There is also some very exciting sponsorship news coming soon as SG Eventing have been approached and asked to work alongside a very well known saddler company so keep your eyes peeled to find out who..........
Keep Calm & Canter On
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