Fab day at Ascot Under Wychwood Eventing. Captain was an absolute star and won the 90 doing a double clear finishing on his dressage score of 29. He was awesome XC the first time he has felt like a XC machine.
Dynamo was entered for his first 80, a big step up for him as he’s only done one ODE which was 70. I don’t know how he coped so well as although the sun shone for his SJ an awful hurricane hail storm arrived for his dressage and XC. Despite the rain causing him to hold his head a bit on a tilt he scored a 36 dressage, even the judge conmented on how well he behaved. XC another storm arrived as we set out, by the time I got to fence 4, a double of angled houses, the Christmas trees dressing the jump had become seemingly alive as the wind whisked into them, a hail storm was beating down on us and to add to this my reins were like two slippery snakes. 4 strides away Dynamo slipped slightly causing me to miss my line and I couldn’t hold the reins properly so we had to circle and represent giving us 20 penalties. He soon got the hang of going XC in a hurricane hail storm, what an awful experience, he showed what a brave horse he is as he went clear round the rest, which included water, bank and a ditch.
Dynamo feels like a real eventer in the making, he was such a good genuine boy, I don’t fancy riding many 4 year olds round an event in those conditions.