2014 has ended – Happy New Year!!!
December started with a junior BS show at Muirmill. Both Lucky and I were rusty as we had little practise before the show and sadly this resulted in us getting 4fts in both our classes. To be honest I was quite happy as it was the first metre track I had done on her so it wasn’t really a bad result and it has given me plenty to work on over the next few months.
I was excited about the following day, another show at Muirmill as it was their Christmas Derby show and puissance. Sadly in my Derby round I managed to break my little pinky finger on my left hand when I had an unscheduled dismount at the stile fence. I don’t really know how it happened. I just remember remounting, then jumping the fence and thinking “OW!! My finger hurts, I need to stop.” When I came out the ring it was quite apparent that my finger was not looking good and was hanging out at a 90 degree angle in the wrong direction. A rather hasty run to the local A&E confirmed it was a clean break at the knuckle and embarrassingly the doctor recognised me from only a few weeks previously with my broken collar bone. He suggested to Mum and Dad that we perhaps gave up the horses and buy a hamster!!! Think Dad secretly agrees!!!
I have to wear the above tape for a month which tapes my two fingers together to keep the pinky straight and no jumping for 5-6 weeks, although I have been cheating and hacking out with my reins through my other finger.
On Christmas Eve six of us went a lovely hack through local tracks and roads into a neighbouring village. This put us all in the mood for Christmas and I managed to canter up the lane and jump some sandbags!!! Probably not what the doctor ordered but it was fun!!!
Christmas was fabulous. We spent it at home with just mum, dad, granny and grandpa. We all ate far too much and were asleep on the couch by 8pm. Myself and Lucky were spoilt rotten, amongst other things I got a lovely new show bridle for Lucky and a lovely new watch for myself. I had some lovely goodies from LIKIT too and Luckys LIKIT box is now full to overflowing. She adores the Stud Muffins and checks out my pockets for them every time I pass her stable.
It has been a long holiday break for me with not getting to shows – AGAIN!!! It has been disappointing but at least I can still hack out, although any schooling or jumping shall have to wait a few weeks.
On a brighter note I have achieved my NAF British Showjumping pony 3 star award through Junior BS Academy and I was delighted to receive my award in the post. I am looking forward to going back to Junior Academy in January to get my lesson with Aileen Craig and to see my friends.
Happy New Year everyone!!! Love Lucy and Lucky xx