What a day at Badminton!!

Managed to squeeze in fast work sessions on Ali and Donovan today ahead of their next Intermediate at Aston Le Walls today between being hooked on the coverage of Badminton XC – a true 4* test that caused problems all the way round!  Huge congratulations to everyone who completed and especially my brilliant trainer Nick Gauntlett who had a fantastic round on his young horse Grand Manoeuvre at their first 4* together to go into the top 20 overnight before show jumping tomorrow.  Such an exciting horse for the future 🙂  It was good to see some lovely mares completing well too, Nicola Wilson’s young coloured mare did a great round.

Both Ali and Donovan have been going well on the flat since my last lesson with Nick, when he got me riding more forward to get them to take the rein out and down more – at first this felt rather fast especially on big, powerful Donovan but I am getting used to it now!  I was on call all last bank holiday weekend and Monday so haven’t taken them out but tomorrow we are off to Hartpury for some show jumping before Aston on Wednesday.

Flicka, just 4, has been out to her first small show – she was very well behaved and completed her Prelim dressage test staying in quite a good rhythm and not leaving the arena for 63%

Flicka at her first local competition

Flicka at her first local competition

In other exciting news for those that don’t follow on facebook or twitter… Ali and I are going to Ireland for the CCI* at Tattersalls International Horse Trials at the end of May.  I am really grateful to Nick for letting me travel over with Team Gauntlett – such great experience to learn from in our first trip abroad!!

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