Lands Eventing Offchurchbury

Sprout and Blizzard my two greenest horses went to Lands Eventing at Offchurchbury near Leamington Spa. They both were in the 70 cm class for baby horses.

The XC was well dressed with flowers and teddies etc, it was quite a lot to look at for a baby horse. Both horses did a nice dressage test both scoring 31.3, then jumped clear SJ and XC. Both set off very greenly XC getting braver and braver round the course, they launched bravely into the water jump and neither looked at the spookier fences near the end of the track.  They incredibly finished on the exact same score to be joint 6th as they both had 11.2 time faults XC!!!  Funny enough to have two horses on the exact same score but the same age and ridden by the same rider, a very amusing coincidence!! Photo of Sprout giving the SJ plenty of air, you can watch his SJ video here.

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News on Youngsters – 3 year olds.

The lovely Dezina Diva is home from being broken in with Dave Mansell and Julie Houldey, she is a lovely mare, a stunning mover and has just jumped her first little course this morning. She will have a few weeks work then will be turned away until the Autumn. Dezina Double Dip is away being broken with Julie and Dave now. We have also bought a new horse Captain, pictured below, who is due to go off to Will Hunt in the next few days for breaking.

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First BE Event of 2016

I was so excited about our first BE event of 2016, especially as it was Stafford one of my favourite events.

We had an early start in order to avoid the traffic on the M6, we arrived and the XC looked amazing. Lots of questions which I felt was just what Massimo was ready for. Several turning fences, step down into the water, a decent corner, a trakener and an interesting S combination of skinny to a turn to a step up then turn again to a second skinny. Massimos dressage was a bit lazy but he woke up for the SJ. He was enthusiastic and bouncy and jumped his first clear at BE.

XC he was awesome (if it’s possible to be awesome at 90 cm) he gave me a great ride, he was so well balanced and confident and despite his 17 hh it felt like I was on a BMX bike easily nipping round the obstacles.

He finished in 12th and is due to run in his first 100 next outing.

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It’s getting very busy indeed..

Diva my 3 year old has gone off to Dave Mansell and Julie Houldeys yard for breaking and her brother Dippy has restarted his long reining this week, they were both long reined last year as 2 year olds.

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We have a new horse here called Rocco, a super coloured lad who is just an absolute dream of a horse, he is 9 years old and 16 hh, he is just the most lovely boy in every way.image

I took Sprout, Blizzard and Rocco to Hill View last week for a dressage competition. Blizzard did a super test, the judges just love her, she finished in 2nd place on 68% with Rocco in 3rd on 67%. Sprout was doing a different class and I kept thinking he felt foot sore in the warm up, he was also messing about changing canter leads, was he too fresh or was he sore or was I imagining as it, I asked Ant to come and see and he said “he’s sound get on with it”

So we did but he was certainly not quite right for the odd step or two on a turn. He still managed to win his class though. When we got home Ant had an investigation and found a slit on his sole, 3 days in a poultice and he’s better and now has shoes on plus a leather pad to protect the weakened sole while it grows back. Poor Sprout I felt awful making him do a dressge test when he was so sore, what a brave horse. image

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The New Season Begins

Had a super first run eventing for 2016 on 5 yr old Massimo this week at Aston Le Walls 90 cm. We opted to enter the unaffiliated classes on the Monday when it became obvious the weekend of BE classes were going to be well over subscribed.

Our day began with an hour delay on the M42 and we were greeted at the event by frozen ground. Lucky I wasn’t going XC until 12.30. Massimo dressaged and SJ reasonably well and then we warmed up for the now defrosted sticky XC that was getting muddier by the second. No studs needed today, they would only glue him in the ground for longer.

I jumped the practise fence badly twice and then gave up, it was on a tight turn and the mud was leg suckingly deep. However Massimo thrived in the deep going on the XC he was bold, brave and quick, everything a good XC horse should be. He was one of very few inside the time and finished 4th.

Good boy Massimo.