Wow April has flown by! Let's see, the month started with an unusual sight when my mother walked downstairs to find Sprout in the garden… sorry about that! I hacked Sprout home and put him in the garden whilst we both had a rest then popped back to the yard!
The next day on the 2nd April, we went to Bury Farm for the Oakley Hunt West pony club annual showjumping competition. We competed in the 95 and 105 and Sprout was a star! Clear and fast round the 95 to come team 3rd and individually 6th out of about 45, then a very long wait for the 105, we didn't jumping til 7:30! Sprout was a bit fed up which i didn't begrudge him for, so was super strong and we had a pole down, but he was flying round the second half which was 1.10m! The excitement of the day was very sadly contrasted with the following morning when I got the horrible news that my friends horse was very sadly put to sleep. Cloud was an incredible horse who will forever hold a special place in everybody's heart.
The middle of the month was a huge disappointment, 2/3 events being cancelled last minute, leaving us out of pocket and with no time to organise other shows! This was really annoying but live and let live. On the 9th, when Elmwood got cancelled we re-routed to Milton Keyes EC, where we went cross country schooling where sprout flew round many BE100 and Novice fences with ease! Check out a video of our training below:
We spent 2 weeks schooling in preparation for Snowball ODE on the 23rd, where Sprout was, once again, incredible. 29.0 dressage, clear showjumping and one run out cross country which was down to me left us in a respectable 6th place which i was very pleased with! Sprout had a total of 8 stud muffins throughout the day which is probably why he was so fast!
Unfortunately that was our last event before my exams (gulp) which start in just over 2 weeks! after they've finished though, I have a very refreshing 13 week summer to look forwards to! Next month starts with a trip to Badminton Horse Trials for cross country day, and ends with Showjumping at Norton Heath, so stay tuned!