Diva The Dressage Diva

imageDiva and her brother Dippy went to Allens Hill to continue their show education. Allens Hill is super for young horses with a very quiet and laid back atmosphere and sympathetic judges and officials.

However I hadn’t quite realised that with a BD show the next day they would be busier than usual, we arrived to find a very full lorry park, busy warm up ring and oh my goodness the really posh full white dressage boards were out. Good grief this was going to be a big outing for them both and not quite the low key evening I had planned after all!

I was so please with them both. Diva was the star scoring 73% and winning her class by 5 marks, Dippy was in a different class & was so wobbly and crooked that I can only think it was his lovely attitude and his natural rhythm that helped him pick up the marks, he was a long way off Divas score but his 61% was still a winning score.

Sounds all really impressive, but it was only walk and trot test and there were only about 6 or 7 in each class. But still a lovely second outing for Diva and a super first outing for Dippy. Another pleasing result was for rider who I coach Tracey Haines who scored a PB of 68% riding her new horse Blue at his first ever show to finish 3rd just behind Diva.

Photo is Diva about to enter the very posh arena.

Cow Trouble

Despite Massimo being the colour of a cow, he is still quite scared of cows and this has caused us an interesting couple of outings.

At Cholmundeley Castle in the SJ he noticed a herd of cows in the nearby field, and he decided to try & take himself back to the safety of the lorry after fence 1. As he bounced around my dreams of a stunning photo of us jumping in front of the Castle quickly dispersed and instead I was fighting just to get near the fences that were near the cows!!  Thankfully I managed to steer him back into the course and compete the round. Phew!!

Then in the start box of the XC I was being counted down “20 seconds” the starter called, Massimo stepped sideways, still looking for those Bovine creatures I guess, and pulled a front shoe off. “I can’t go XC” I called to the rather surprised starting official. Luckily they hadn’t said “Go” so they cancelled my start and called for a farrier. All rather embarressing seeing as I am married to a farrier!! I am like the cobblers daughter, my horses get shod when the shoes fall off which sometimes is an amazing 12 weeks! 

Once the shoe was back on Massimo nipped round clear inside the time, it was a lovely course all feeling very easy on him.

Our next run was at our local event the lovely Homme House, it’s a lovely XC and perfect I felt for Massimo’s first Novice. Maybe not such a good idea when I realised that it being our local event as it seemed everyone I knew was coming to watch. Yikes!

Massimo SJ and dressage X really well and I was so pleased with him, the XC was really nice, not too tricky and we aimed to just give him a fun & confident round.

I achieved this with just with one fly past at a skinny at fence 4, however we did have another cow incident. There were about 12 young inquisitive cattle looking over a fence right by fence 14 a double of skinny houses on an angle. It took me ages to persuade him to go anywhere near them, when he did it was 106 time faults later. He Jumped through the complex beautifully. Annoying and very amusing but I have got to be pleased that the course itself had felt easy to him.