June has been a hectic month for me, balancing the rest of my GCSE exams with trying to compete and ride and then enjoying all the post exam glory, including my prom among other exciting events. Both ponies have been on fine form all month, with the first outing of the month being to BCA to compete in their BE event.
At BCA, Towie competed in the BE90 and Judith in the BE100. Towie was first up, and she did a lovely test, so I was more than a little disappointed to see we'd been given a score of 40, the highest she's had in well over 2 years. However Towie didn't put a foot wrong all day, once again pulling out a fabulous double clear, absolutely beasting the big cross-country course and finishing exactly on the time, what a legend!
Judith was next, doing a nice test with some really promising moments to score 39, and then did a lovely clear round of showjumps. She gave me a fantastic ride cross-country, however I played safe at one of the last combinations, a large trakhena on a right angle to a big corner, and decided to turn a circle and regroup between the 2, meaning we picked up 20penalties. It was such a lovely day and the ponies were rewarded with an Apple Treat Bar, as well as having a play with the Snak-a-Ball in the field, which they loved.
A video of both horses at BCA can be seen here:
After Towie and Judith's brilliant performances at BCA they got a bit of a break while my final, more stressful exams rolled around and revising became a priority.
Towards the end of the month I took Judith to Area Dressage to compete at Intermediate level, she warmed up really nicely, but unfortunately got slightly tenser as we went in. However the test did have some really lovely moments. We ended up finishing 11th, with a score of 63, which is fair enough considering it was a difficult test including walk to canter transitions and medium trot which we hadn't done much of before.
The month finished off taking Judith cross-country schooling at Rosehill where she jumped really nicely for the whole session over some decent fences, which is confidence giving for Area Eventing mid-July. A video of the session can be watched here:
July is an exciting month, with area eventing at the forefront of my mind as well as an exciting holiday in America!