What a difference a week makes! Although the sun didn’t shine all day, it was much warmer than last week and rather than freezing rain we got quite warm walking the cross country course, especially as we arrived a little later than planned. The ground was really good and it was a flowing course with plenty of questions. After getting her studs in and tacking up we were ready with just enough time to work in for the dressage. She felt much more relaxed that at Gatcombe and I had worked her on the flat in the field a couple of times at home in between. I worked on keeping her forward and more up in front of me to keep the balance and it paid off! Despite having alpacas just the other side of the hedge (which she suprisingly barely took any notice of) she performed a lovely test with just one rather tense movement to score a fantastic 24.5! To see a video of her dressage click here.
Onto the show jumping and quite a technical course, which was catching quite a few out, including a double, treble and tricky final related distances with planks at the last fence. My main aim was to keep her more forward and not interfere with her in front of the fence. I think we stuck to the game plan and just got slightly to onward bound into the treble having an unlucky pole at the third element for 4 faults. To see a video of our SJ round click here.
Going into cross country I knew if we could get close to the time we’d be in with a good chance of being close to the placings at least. She started off, again much more relaxed than at Gatcombe, taking a longer stride and covering the ground better (no long wait today). This continued all the way round and she jumped brilliantly making the time easily – very promising as our next run will be our first at intermediate. To see a video of some of our XC round click here. So this meant Ali gained her first ever British Eventing win, so proud of our little homebred!
Tomorrow we have training/assessment day for the European 2* squad and Donovan’s coming along for some XC schooling, so more updates soon. (Will also add photos of XC course and a happy Ali when I get chance!)