Show Jumping the Baby Horses

An outing to Hartpury with a lorry of novice horses kept us busy Sunday morning. Blizzard was thrown in the deep end having her first every trip out anywhere. I usually hire somewhere first for schooling so they are ready for their first show, but the lorry was off sick all week.

She behaved beautifully it was as if she had been going to indoor shows all her life, she has never even been in an indoor before. She spooked at nothing was very calm,bold and interested . She jumped a lovely clear round, she is very careful for such a baby horse, she also had lots of admirers with her unusual colouring, apart from Ant who spent most of the morning teasing me saying things like “Hey Stella you have forgotten to take her rug off” and “why have you given me this blanket to hold” You can see her jumping round here.

Nikki took Rif Raf and jumped a lovely double clear winning their first competition rosette, lots of smiles!

I also took Sprout who has been a very forward thinking and a little buzzy jumping indoors, he is learning to settle and jumped a super quiet, rhythmic double clear in the mini class, his round can be seen here.

Below waiting to jump the blanket!!!

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Cracking on with Youngsters

imageBoth Sprout and Blizzard are going amazingly well.

Sprout has been XC schooling to Tack Farm he loved it and was very bold, we took Rif Raf and Nikki as our baby sitters, Nikki was riding XC for her first time ever and Rif RAF was a star looking after her. We all had a fab time educating them round Tack Farms lovely new XC jumps in glorious sunshine. Blizzard who is a few weeks behind him in her education is now ready to go to her first show.

Lots still to to do with them, it a long but often very rewarding road to turn them into well educated, experienced eventers.

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KBIS Young Horse 4 year old Champs

imageWe have had a long and fabulous day at Osberton Young Horse Championships.

We went with no high expectations as Massimo is still so green being so big at 17hh. He was a real star performing a mistake free calm dressage test, he doesn’t have flash paces but he put his best foot forward throughout the test. The test was in a long arena and in a Championship atmosphere, flowers, flags, trade stands and 2 judges. All brilliant experience for him.

He had 3 poles SJ, which was a huge relief as he has only jumped at this height in competition twice before, during the last few weeks.

XC he was lovely, bold and forward thinking, it felt easy to him and far too small. Several horses were eliminated and many faulted XC. When I walked the XC I thought it was the toughest I have seen here in the 4 year old champs. In the first 10 fences there was a proper ABC coffin which sloped down to a wide ditch, water, corner, step up to a skinny and also a house under trees with a hefty drop on the landing.

Good boy brave Massimo.

Thanks to my volunteer groom for the day Tracy and to my lovely Ant for the picnic, his warming up advice and keeping me awake while I drove home.