Another busy month with my first event less than 2 weeks away! On the February 3rd we hosted the third University competition at South Leicestershire Riding Establishment. The dressage went well, but I drew first and so the horse wasn’t completely warmed up, meaning I finished 6 points behind the leader. The show jumping was a bit more interesting as the horses were all quite fresh! One managed to chuck me off into a huge muddy puddle as I was warming up to show it round the course. This seemed to only dent my pride and I rode a clear round on my horse to finish 4th overall and the team finished 2nd.
The next weekend I found myself helping at the Hampshire Hunt Mini Show, I was made secretary for the day which also meant that I was able to watch the jumping too. This is a lovely show where classes went from 30cm to 80cm and it is lovely for the children to have something at this time of the year that they can go to. I donated some Likits as prizes and it was lovely to see the children being presented with them and then rushing off to show their ponies.
On the 21st I took Maria to Brinsbury College for some dressage. She warmed up beautifully for the Intermediate test and behaved herself to score 67% and finish 2nd. Then we went back in to do the Open and she wasn’t quite as keen, but still managed to score 64% a huge improvement on the last time. I think she thought after going so well in the Intermediate she would be finished and so was not amused with test number two! Here's a couple of videos of my two tests:
On the 28th there was more Pony Club dressage, this time I took Phoebe to the Priory. She had been going so well I thought I would enter her in the Intermediate and the Open, but when I ran through the tests the night before, I thought I may have bitten off more than we could chew. The intermediate test went well, but she was a little lazy and added in a flying change on her counter canter loop! We still managed to score 67% placing us 4th. For the Open I decided to get her going more off my leg, however this meant when we went in she was off and I then had to contain her for once! It wasn’t the best test, with mistakes in the leg yield, pirouettes and simple changes. I went to see the scores expecting something in the 50’s I almost fell on the floor when I saw we had scored 66% and finished 2nd! So unbelievably proud of this horse who did her first ever dressage test 7 months ago and has now qualified for all three areas of the Pony Club Winter League, she just takes everything in her stride!
Next weekend I’m off to the Netherlands to trial for a place on the team that will go to the World University Championships in the summer, so everything is crossed!