Quick report from last weekend plus dressage today… sorry, bit behind on event reports as so busy!!
Overall after a good build up we had a slightly disappointing event but most definitely made up for by Ali being so awesome cross country! Also on the plus side I know exactly what and where things went wrong ~ she scored 50.9 in the dressage, very average for what she can do but I think it all stemmed from me not getting her properly in front of the leg in the warm up as she was being so relaxed! So when slightly tense in the arena she totally ignored me… however, dressage we have certainly put right and made up for today at the British Dressage Regional Medium Restricted Championships at Somerford Park ~ she scored a fantastic 69.05% to finish in 2nd and qualify for Nationals! Video of this to follow.
Show jumping at Barbury was a bit of a write off too and on watching this back I think the large slope on top of which we had to jump some fences really bothered her so she was tense and short in her stride and this affected her jump too. I’ve managed to have a lesson with Nick this week though and she was brilliant so hopefully all back on track and she’ll be fine again in a “normal” arena.
XC she was just amazing, compared to Nunney I really put my foot down and answered every question! See course photos here. The course is so good for viewing at Barbury too that Dad did a fabulous job and got almost the whole course on video – see here!
Next weekend we have our (and my) first Advanced at Aston Le Walls so fingers crossed!!