April saw the first glimpses of summer here in the midlands which meant more fun in the sun for me and Ted!It began with a trip out to Hothorpe Equestrian for an event training clinic where we tackled challenges including skinnies, off set corners, curving lines, water and managing a constant speed around the track. Ted behaved as normal and flew around the fences like they were a piece of cake! Here's Ted posing with his 'squad' at the training!The following weekend, after an event being cancelled we headed over to our local riding club to get some friendly show jumping practise, we had a mixture of extreme weather, from bright blue sunny skies to hail and sleet! But that didn't stop us from winning our show jumping round and coming second in the following class!The following weekend was a huge disappointment for me, we headed over to Swalcliffe Park for a BRC Eventer trial. It all started off well with a great warm up and he was pinging the practise fences like they were nothing. A great show jumping round with a full up 90cm course with some huge spreads! But however positive I was, Ted was reluctant to get over that first fence on the XC! We ended up getting eliminated and a not very happy pony and rider :(After a few upsets recently we thought it would be a good idea to check everything was ok with his saddle etc. And recently we have been trialling a new saddle which fits him much better than his old one so fingers crossed we can start getting those clear cross country rounds that we so badly want!Finally on the bright side we had some exciting news received in April... Ted and I have been selected to compete at Rockingham International Horse Trials for the pony club team show jumping! After all the hard work and training we were so glad to get onto the team and there will be a full report to follow in May!Mia Brindley and Teddy#teamlikit
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