With Aston Le Walls being postponed until next Monday, I was pleased to have entered for British Dressage at Hartpury yesterday. Both horses were doing Medium tests. Ali started off doing Medium 61, her first medium test in competition – apart from a little tension in places, a rather abrupt trot-walk transition and a slightly messy walk to canter transition she performed well, including all the lateral work. I was delighted with her score of 68.28% to win the restricted section! These tests also allow us to practise some of the lateral movements that are included in the 2* tests in a competition environment.
Donovan did Medium 75 and although I had to work rather hard I managed to keep him much more active and it paid off!! The judge, who had previously been critical of his way of going was much more positive and despite a couple of mistakes he scored 65.68% also to win his restricted section! This proved to me that perseverance is key, even if it feels like progress is only slow!!
Today I took them both to the local gallops I am able to hire – both of them were very pleased to be out feeling quite fresh! Both felt fabulous, although Donovan is going to need a bit more fittening work than Ali, partly because of his time off and partly due to his slightly chunkier build!
Before taking them I had a ride on our rising 4yo, who is just starting to come back into work properly with Mum having been busy lunging and long-reining her. She was very well behaved (apart from a slight aversion to one end of the arena half way through the session!) with me getting straight on without any lunge etc. beforehand. She walked, trotted and cantered well on both reins, trotted over some poles and even took a small cross pole in her stride. We finished off with a short hack meeting a couple of cars – all taken in her stride. **watch this space!