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Sorry not to have sent you guys my blog sooner, but it has been very busy at this end of the woods; having passed all my first year exams at University studying Physiotherapy, I am now out practising on placement at a fantastic hospital with a really lovely team of physiotherapists! As you can imagine it has taken me a while to get into the swing of things juggling work for uni, being on placement in the hospital which is an hour away from home 8.30-4.30 and then coming home to ride my brilliant horseys! The horses have been VERY spoilt and are loving all the Likit goodies! So a MASSIVE thank you to Likit for your generous sponsorship!!
June started on a high with the horses. Alfie (who is now 25 and has been a part of Team Proud since he was only six months old) WON his first ever ridden show at The Royal Bath and West! This was a fantastic result as it now means that he is qualified for The Anthony D Evans Insurance sponsored second round Olympia qualifiers! (we also won £45 prize money..always a bonus!!)
Having qualified for the Olympia second rounds we had our first shot at qualifying for olympia at The Royal Three Counties Show. Just moments before entering the ring Alfie’s front shoe became loose meaning he was now sporting something similar to a flip flop! Despite this he still won his senior plus class against some tough competition! This meant we could go on to the championship where he had to compete against all the horses in the younger age categories from both in-hand and ridden sections. Alfie was the oldest in the championship and was still sporting a flip flop for a shoe, despite this he held his own and managed to be second reserve champion beating lots of younger horses ranging from as young as 15 (10 years younger than Alfie!) For our first crack at a qualifier we were over the moon despite the setbacks!
For Alfie June finished on a bit of a disapointing note. We took him up to Warickshire to contest in the Senior Showing and Dressage Ltd. Championship show. It was a very early start for all of Team Proud, including Alfie and a very long 3 hour trip! When we arrived the classes seemed to be taking a while so Alfie had time for a walk to stretch his legs, he didn’t fancy much water so we gave him a bit of Likit Electro-Bar to help him along! The day started brilliantly with Alfie winning his class and again qualifying himself for the Olympia qualifier championship. We then waited all day for the championship which was finally held at around 8pm. He performed really well on the go round and had caught the three judges’ eyes…unfortunately during his individual show his bit caught a sore in his mouth meaning he threw his head up. We have had this checked out by our vet to find he has an ulcer in his mouth…ouch! The Judges were disapointed too, making a point of coming to speak to us to say that we would have won and qualified for Olympia had he not thrown his head in his show! At this time of night knowing that it was Monday the next day I was unsure of whether to Laugh or cry! Alfie still managed a 6th in the championship out of around 15 other horses and again he was the oldest in the class! The 3 hour journey home seemed a lot longer, but we are all left feeling optimistic for future qualifiers after being told by these judges that he will do well and to keep trying as he looks so good for 25!
Schmaul started the month with training in preparation for his first ever BE Novice at Nunney International.
Click here to view a short clip of him popping a home made arrow-head fence!
This training all paid off with a brilliant run around his final BE 100 at Tweseldown before his first Novice where the cross country course appeared to be causing lots of problems…not for Schmaul howver completing on this dressage score of 28 for 4th place!
The run at Tweseldown set us up really well for the Novice at Nunney International…Schmaul did brilliantly all day in his first BE Novice! He did a lovely relaxed test for a slightly disappointing mark of 32, an unlucky 8 faults in SJ which had been causing trouble all day and he flew round the cross country inside the time! Below are a few pictures courtesy of the excellent photographer Tanzy Lee.
The week after his successful first run out at Novice level Schmaul unfortunately twisted his back shoe and punctured his foot quite badly. I am really lucky though to have a fantastic vet and farrier that have helped him to full recovery! I am really looking forward to the season ahead and hope you enjoy reading about his journey this season!
Finally Elzas (my 5 year old) has also had a busy June month! Elzas was backed by myself at the end of February this year having come over from Holland a couple of weeks before. He is such a sensible boy yet so talented with it, I really am excited about what the future may bring! This month Elzas has been out showjumping training and we have even been out to jump a few clear rounds! In-between his busy training schedule Elzas has even found the time to do some modelling for my friend’s project at college!! Below are a few photos of him popping some fences at training and of him doing some modelling (;
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Emily and the Gang! x