July has been a hectic month, despite most of it being spent in the USA, as I went on a family roadtrip of the West Coast, starting in San Francisco and ending in Vegas. However all the time I have spent in the UK this month I have been busy with the ponies, one way or another!
July started with area dressage for Judith and I, where we competed in the Intermediate class. The test involved some more challenging movements such as walk-to-canter transitions and Medium Trot. There were some really nice moments in the test, however we are definitely still getting to grips with this level and finished 11th, which I was pleased with.
The following week I was preparing for Area Eventing when I got a disappointing shock, Towie unfortunately came up quite lame, and even after X-Rays the vets weren't sure what was wrong with her. So she ended up having MRI scans, which showed a swelling in the pedal bone. We are very lucky it isn't worse, however it does mean 10 weeks box rest for her, which she doesn't seem a big fan of (who can blame her)! Her time on box rest so far has been greatly helped by Likit toys, she's got a Boredom Breaker in her stable and I also put the Snak-a-ball in there from time to time to keep her entertained.
Despite all the chaos with trying to figure out what was wrong with Towie, Judith and I managed to attend Area Eventing the next week to compete in the 100. It's safe to say I was pretty nervous after walking the course, which was massive! But Judith did a lovely test to get awarded a score of 33 (a joint PB at this level!) She then did a nice clear round of showjumps and a cracking clear cross country round, taking on all the big fences, we just picked up some time which dropped us out of the placings, however I was so proud, as the course was causing its fair share of problems!
Judith was rewarded for her star performance with some Mint and Eucalyptus Likit Snaks.
Pretty soon after Area Eventing we left for America, which was such an amazing experience. We got to do some incredible things such as taking a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon and visiting the ex-Federal Prison of Alcatraz, which helped me make decisions about what I want to do with my education next year! One of the most exciting parts of the holiday though, was getting asked by my Pony Club back home, whether I'd like the chance to compete at the Pony Club National Championships 2017 in the Intermediate Showjumping class, as a space in the team needed to be filled. Of course I said yes, and cannot wait to attend, even if it round our biggest track to date...
That's all from me this month, and after over 24 hours of delays I'm back safely from Vegas and can confirm that both ponies are doing very well.