February was a lovely, relaxed month for Sprout and I! On the 7th we headed to Widmer Equestrian for the VAHPC annual dressage competition. We entered the BD Novice 27 and the PC Intermediate Dengie qualifier. Sprout was a huge showoff in the warmup, swishing his tail and flashing about which made me laugh! He thinks he's a great stallion, not a 14.2h pony who is decidedly scruffy coming out of winter! We went into the arena for our novice test, and Sprout decided he didn't like being inside on the way in, which resulted in a fairly tense test. I allowed him to have his head a bit high rather than asking him to come round and risking him freaking out. This paid off as we actually ended up winning the class which I was over the moon with! Think its time to move up to elementary! After a quick lunch break we were on again for the Dengie against some really tough competition! Sprout was a star once again, doing a fabulous test which I really enjoyed! We came 2nd in this class, qualifying for Dengie area rounds which I was really pleased with!
Sprout then had 10 days off whilst I hit the Austrian ski slopes! My family go to Austria quite frequently as my grandfather is Austrian, and I love it there! If Sprout hadn't been waiting for me back home I have a feeling I wouldn't have returned….! Sprout kept everybody on the yard busy and running round after him (Thank you Lesley!) and had a whale of a time. On the way home we stopped off at Kraemer, which is a very large tack shop we go to. Its incredible in there and you can never walk out empty handed! I even spotted some Stud Muffins! In actual fact, we spent so long in there we would have missed our ferry had not it been delayed due to bad weather…Whoops!
We arrived home early on the Sunday morning and were up early to things done so I could make it to a showjumping lesson with Charly Edwards! Sprout was brilliant in our lesson, but I think we were both still in holiday mode because he was feeling rather lazy. We worked on technique rather than height and it was really helpful, even if Sprout didn't think so!
Unfortunately I didn't get drawn to compete at the Bury Farm bareback challenge, but thats ok (I think mum is secretly pleased), as I had Pony Club Area Quiz on the same day where I represented OBH Hughenden Pony Club. After 8 long rounds, my team ended up 5th out of about 16 teams which I was very pleased with!
Busy month of march! Our first weekend consists of a showjumping rally with Pony club, and our first BSJA show at Pachesham EC, and we have other lessons, shows and outings planned too! (Mum if you’re reading this of COURSE I will be revising!)
Watch this space and follow my social media for updates throughout the month!
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