Blizzard upgrades and Wins!

My lovely youngster Blizzard went to Lincombe last week to do her first class at 70 cm,  I decided to take her in the 60 cm too as arena eventing can be quite spooky for a baby and she hasn’t been to a show since November. To my surprise despite some serious wobbles she jumped clear in both classes and won both of them, she’s such a little diamond. You can see her 60 cm the wobbliest round here.

Sprout was also having an upgrade to his first ever competition at 80 cm, he also jumped round double clear to be 3rd. His round can be watched here.

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The New Event Season Looms

My first few early season entries have been done and the horses are well on form to be ready to go eventing. My lorry is away having its pre season checks and then I am taking it for its MOT next week.

The two babies Blizzard and Sprout will begin with unaffiliated events while Massimo will be out BE 90 in March with the hope of upgrading to 100 in April.

Massimo has been out doing more BS showjumping and is starting to make big inroads into his weakest phase, see his round from Summerhouse BS show last week here.

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XC Schooling

We took 3 horses to http://www.bissellwood.co.uk/ XC schooling today. At Bissell Wood the XC is all in woodland on sandy tracks so it stays good ground even after the all the rain we have had recently.

Blizzard popped round really nicely, she’s very brave, she even cantered a few, although I jumped mostly from trot as she’s still green as it was her first ever schooling session.

Sprout loved it too, he pinged feeling every bit the sports horse he is. I tried not to over correct him, the fences weren’t too big and I wanted him to make mistakes and learn from them while the fence were still small. He certainly learnt quickly, if he was too deep he didn’t touch a thing and if too long he jumped with great enthusiasm, he is very quick thinking and reacts fast too, he’s a real XC horse in the making.

Rif Raf hadn’t been XC for a while and was keen to get going, once she was out on XC she settled into a lovely rhythm and jumped so nicely, it was good to ride one that wasn’t learning and already knew her job.

Sprout has taken to stealing my bobble hat, so when he had removed it from my head for the third time in 5 minutes this morning I put it on his head. He was so funny and didn’t try to take it off, maybe he had cold ears!!!!image

Eventers Out in force Allens Hill today

Arriving at Allens Hill Equestrian Centre today was almost like arriving at a BE event, there were so many 4* riders there, all brushing up on their dressage.

Massimo came 2nd in Novice 22 to a good horse of Alice Pearsons, so it was really useful as a good guide as to where we might be scored at BE.  He is progressing well flat and jumping, he even jumped a double clear affiliated SJ last week.

We have been doing lots of hacking the last few weeks, all the horses are jumping gorse bush skinnies really well, going in water, popping ditches and have all done some faster work, not to get them super fit but just to get them confident working in a more open XC country canter, the oldest is only 5 so XC canter work is still fairly new to them, especially after the winter season concentrating on show jumping.

We have entered the first few events and have lots planned over the next 4 weeks to get them on song for all three phases.

Below photos are of 4 year old Sprout hacking over Broad Down way up high over the Malvern Hills, my Mum took the one photo from her garden almost 2 miles away, her house is circled on the pic through his ears!!!