What a busy month I don’t know where the time has gone and I can’t believe it’s November already! The days are getting shorter and I’ve clipped four fluffy ponies this weekend so winter must be on its way.
For me October meant going back to uni, and leaving my ponies at home, however just before term started I received the news that this year I have been awarded a Sports Scholarship, which was very exciting and means that I will be able to keep fit while away and riding slightly less. I ride on the University Equestrian team and we had a friendly competition this month against the Sutton Bonningham Team, I ended up riding a really cute chestnut called Big Jester and together we scored 73% and the team won overall, so a good start for the year.
I have had a couple of outings this month with my girls, I took Maria to Coombelands for some show jumping, it was her first competition for a month and she had been a bit wild the day before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but she was fab, flew round the 1m clear and then had the first 2 down in the 1.05 because the jockey was asleep, but then I got it together and she jumped amazingly, so definitely has her mojo back.
This weekend has been filled with dressage, I took Phoebe to Merrist Wood for her second ever dressage competition, the weather was horrible, but she coped really well. I over warmed up slightly for the first test and rode what I thought was a fairly average test, so was shocked to see my score was 71% to place us 3rd out of 38 and qualify for the Pony Club Novice Areas! I then rode her in the BD Novice, where a shorter warm up payed off and the extra energy scored us 67% and another 3rd. The next day was Maria’s turn and we went to Brinsbury Collage for some more Pony Club Dressage. Despite being very spooky in the warm up, she managed to score 68% in the Intermediate Qualifier to win! However in the second test, the Open Qualifier, Maria wasn’t particularly impressed by test number two and didn’t cooperate quite as well with a buck in the canter and a little bit of tension, but still managed to finish 2nd!
A huge thank you for all the Likit goodies that arrived this month, the horses loved them and look really smart in their kit. We’ve been using the Likit Holder in the lorry to stop Pheobe chewing the door and so far it’s keeping her out of trouble and keeping the teeth marks to a minimum! Both of them really love the Stud Muffins, so much so that after being rewarded for her super tests Pheobe tried to follow my mum into the lorry for more, it’s amazing how far she can stretch when she wants to!
Some more exciting news, in two weeks I’m off to the Netherlands to compete for the Dutch Student Riding team in the last SRNC of the year, three students from each country compete on borrowed horses in a knock out style competition, where the best rider on each horse progresses to the next round. I’m really looking forward to it and no matter what happens it will definitely be an experience!
That’s all for now :)
Alex, Maria and Pheobe xx