I managed to finish work on time today to take Donovan and Ali to Hillview Arena for show jumping training with Nick Gauntlett. Both horses performed brilliantly, feeling really confident and I felt so much better in my riding too, staying soft and managing not to interfere, letting them get on with it and jump!
For Ali this was supposed to be our pre-Aston Le Walls Novice jumping session, which was meant to be running on Monday but I found out once we’d finished jumping this has been postponed until the following Monday. So I was on the phone straight away to swap my days off, which luckily I was able to do!! Blooming weather!
I am lucky to have found some new gallops only 10mins lorry ride from home, which have a fantastic surface and are really well maintained so this will come in really useful while the ground is not good enough to be doing our fast work on grass. Contact David Dennis for hire – click here for his website.
I had a feeling that Aston may not run this weekend with all the recent rain so had entered British Dressage at Hartpury for this Saturday, so they will both get an outing. We are doing the medium tests to practice some lateral movements in competition, which are included in British Eventing from Intermediate tests upwards. They are then both entered for Gatcombe, Ali in the Intermediate Novice and Donovan, the Open Novice. I have been going through the events that both of them will be doing as long as all goes to plan – it can be tricky juggling competing around weekends on call and events that are close enough and have the correct classes for us!