We took Ali down to Nick Gauntlett’s yard near Chipping Sodbury this morning for a show jumping lesson, 2nd time lucky as last time we tried to go she got a swelling on her leg. It was nearly a false start again when I got bitten by a cat yesterday and my hand decided to swell (this has never happened before and I am certain it was only because I had the following day booked off for training!!) And so I nipped down to Malvern’s Minor Injuries Unit for some antibiotics, which by the way was great – 10mins in and out at 7:30pm when I’d finished work and was on call so glad not to have a wait! Most importantly my hand was working well enough to drive the lorry and ride, if not slightly swollen and sore.
Ali was great and we were trying to make sure she thinks for herself and I leave her to it a little more rather than looking after her too much and always wanting to set up for the perfect stride! It can be quite nerve wracking letting her get on with it but she is more than capable and I have to remember she is not such a baby anymore.
Nick is great and takes lots of time to discuss plans for the rest of the season and which events are best to go to, keeping longer term goals in mind. So I have entered Ali for her first CIC* at Somerford Park in mid-August, this will be a good opportunity for Ali to do the higher level dressage test in a long 60×20 arena, her to get used to me wearing a tail coat (we will check she doesn’t mind this a couple of times at home first) and staying a night away as dressage will be the day before the SJ and XC. This competition also forms part of the qualification to do a CCI*, which is an international 3-day event at Novice level. Before Somerford we have our most local event at Homme House in Much Marcle near Ledbury, where she is doing the Novice.
Donovan went well on the flat this evening and his next outing is on 3rd August at Allens Hill BD, where he will do 2 Elementary level tests. Ali will probably come along too and do a Novice test to practice riding in the long arena in competition again before her test at Somerford.