Firstly I am highly irritated by technology! My Movie Maker has stopped accepting the videos off the camcorder so I’m afraid no videos currently… although Flicka’s show jumping and cross country from Stafford are both online now (before this error occurred… I have even tried uninstalling and reinstalling so any other suggestions very welcome!!!)
Anyhow onto the reports. Flicka did her second BE100 5yo qualifier at Homme House, our closest event less than an hour away. She performed a lovely consistent test and we were really pleased with her mark of 26.3 and some great comments. We then had a really irritating pole show jumping, which seemed to take forever to fall down after her just breathing on it! Once again she was brilliant XC, very keen and even threw in a buck between the first and second fence!! She answer all the questions and flew over fences she had never seen the like of before to finish with 1.2 time faults and 7th place. Really amazed with how she seems to have taken to eventing so well at just 15.2hh and also being the calmest 5yo out and about.
Somerford CIC** this weekend was Ali’s next outing and I knew it would be a demanding XC there, which is perfect to get her seeing the more difficult questions asked at this level and beyond. We travelled up early Saturday morning for dressage that day. Unfortunately I was to be really disappointed as despite working in brilliantly, she was ridiculously spooky at the lorries/horses etc. coming along the road next to the arena causing tension and even shooting across the arena at one point for her worst ever score – just so frustrating when we all know what she is capable of. Although unable to remove this disappointment from my mind (I’m sure I’ll get over it eventually), she did somewhat redeem herself the following day with a double clear and just 2 XC time faults round a track that caused plenty of problems and managing a top third finish in a field of 113 starters. I then took her show jumping at Summerhouse yesterday on my half day to trial how she would cope with a 3-day event (even though she had a hacking day in between!) – she jumped a brilliant double clear in a large 1.20m class for 4th and then a much improved round than previously in the 1.30m, just touching a couple of poles as maybe a little tired by this stage. I, and we as a partnership are feeling so much more confident in this phase now.
We now have a busy weekend coming up with both Flicka and Merlin doing BE100 at Llanymynech on Saturday, then an intermediate run for Ali at Wellington on Bank Holiday Monday.