A rather tardy report on our day at the very last running of Stafford Horse Trials – I didn’t get chance before Aston and then this obviously was top of the excitement list!! However I think we may have another star in the making… Replica (Flicka) was doing her first British Eventing affiliated event in the KBIS 5yo Qualifier at BE100 level and showed the same aptitude for eventing as her half sister (Ali)! Sue Bown’s Merlin was also competing in the BE100.
Both horses did a good dressage test. I was pleased with Flicka’s mark of 30.8 as she can still be a slightly wobbly baby at times! Merlin did a lovely soft test, which we all felt was an improvement but as often happens with dressage his mark was actually slightly lower although left him in the top few on 26.3!
Merlin show jumped first and managed a clear but wasn’t as fluent as I’d have liked. We wonder if he wasn’t too keen on the rather hard ground. I was thrilled with Flicka who jumped a brilliant clear over her first track on grass and only having jumped at this height a handful of times. See a video of her round here.
Flicka went first XC and I’d already decided to go the long route into the water as I felt it was rather a big question for only her second event plus first time BE and at 100. Well, she flew!!! She didn’t have a clue why we went into a box and then had to canter off but soon got the hang of landing and galloping – kicking on paid off for a confident clear and inside the time to finish on our dressage score for 9th!!
Merlin went onto the naughty step with a very cheeky stop a the rails before the water but we still felt he wasn’t enjoying the hard ground. He will have break from eventing until it rains!!
My sister was home from London for the weekend so I had my very own professional photographer for the event – see Flicka’s album here and Merlin’s here (on Facebook). I will get more videos uploaded too but unfortunately it seems to be a very slow process!! (hmm technology…)
Flicka is out again this week for another shot at qualifying in the 5yo Qualifier at our most local event just 30mins away at the picturesque Homme House. These qualifiers are so competitive though with only 1 in 10 starters qualifying for the championships at Osberton so no room for error!