March- The clocks have now changed meaning it is lighter in the evenings making riding easier after school. In the beginning of March we travelled locally to Muirmill Equestrian Centre for a BS Junior show. Lucky and I did the 90cm and 1m classes- an unfortunate day of 4 “faultitis” although I was happy as my rounds seemed to flow more and were not so rushed. Muirmill had some lovely new but kind of scary purple and pink jumps!!
Lucy and Lucky at Muirmill – photo courtesy of Sinclair Photography.
We went to South West Scotland Junior BS Academy at Morris Equestrian the next week and we had a vet talk on pony first aid, learning all about pulse rates, cuts grazes, heart rates etc. Our group riding lesson was fun and we were practising balance and rhythm. I then had a very early morning pre-school arena hire/lesson later on that week in preparation for my first Royal Highland Show Liz Fox JC/JD qualifiers.
That weekend Lucky and I went to SNEC to have a go at the qualifiers. I was very, very nervous as I walked the course, especially about the treble (which was extremely scary!). This was a new level for me to be jumping at and I was over the moon to get around the track with only 4fts (which was my fault) I was so pleased with Lucky as it was the biggest I had ever jumped!
Lucy and Lucky at RHS qualifiers at SNEC.
The next day we delivered my wee old 12hh pony Freddie to friends for their two children. I was so sad to see him go but we can go and see him anytime and it will be nice to see him making other kids happy.
I have also been riding one of my mums horses this month, jumping him in the school and getting the feel of a big horse. He is lovely and is a very genuine grade A showjumper, he is now 21 years old but in no way ready to retire yet so I look forward to taking him out to some wee intro shows next month to gain more experience and also to let him have some fun!!
Me on Herbie at home!
The last week in March we broke up from school for our Easter holidays and I had a show both days at the weekend. On Saturday the GPS finals were at Muirmill and Lucky and I won our class. The prizes were fabulous, with massive rosettes, trophy, sash, saddlecloth and 10% off vouchers for the GPS saddlery shop!
Lucky and I with our beautiful rosette, sash and trophy.
The following day we had another go at the Liz Fox JC/JD RHS qualifier. This time we did better with a clear round in the first round, I was absolutely delighted although after jumping my round it soon sunk in that I had to jump again and as the class is an A10 the jump off was massive!!! I had 8 faults in the jump off due to riding a bit erratically as I was scared stiff. Nevertheless it was great feeling and good experience and I look forward to doing a few more qualifiers next month.
I've been given a lovely glittery LIKIT stencil kit this month from Equidivine to use on Lucky's quarters- we are going to have to practise with it before we use it at a show! It looks like it will be fab and should turn out well on Luckys grey coat. I am going to wait till the weather is warmer and Lucky is without a rug so we can show it off to its best advantage.
Happy Easter everyone, im looking forward to lots of Easter eggs!
Love Lucy and Lucky xx