Pre-season Training in full swing!

With the nights beginning to draw out and the season getting closer, despite the challenging weather, it’s all systems go here!!  Ali went to her first competition of the season a couple of weeks ago jumping double clear in the 1.15m and 1.20m at Hartpury British Show jumping, which I was thrilled with.

ali bs hartpury

She will be out next weekend doing some British Dressage at Medium and Advanced Medium level – I want to get lots of practice doing the more advanced movements so that she stays relaxed in the ring through the half pass and flying changes (and for me too!)

This weekend we went to the Eventing Training at Allens Hill, where they run British Eventing dressage tests then a round of show jumps followed by simulated cross country.  Sue Bown’s 8yo Merlin was having his first outing of the year plus it was a step up for him – the first time doing a Novice BE dressage test and jumping 1.10m in competition!  The Novice test (I realised once I had entered) contained rein back, which I hadn’t taught him at the beginning of the week!  As well as medium work in trot and canter, and counter canter.  Despite a very cold gusty wind, he did everything where he needed to including stepping backwards softly in rein back, which I was really pleased about considering our short learning time!  Lots to brush up before the season starts.  He jumped really well and coped easily with the step up in height.  I was especially pleased how good a rhythm he kept and how well he stayed on his lines to the narrower fences.  To see a video of his round click here.

Ali went along too but was extremely full of herself and unfortunately rather tense in the dressage but we made it through!  This was the case again for show jumping – reminding me once again that she is a mare…  Looking forward to a day at the International Eventing Forum tomorrow and lessons with Nick Gauntlett again on Wednesday 🙂