Snow Doesn’t Stop Us for Long

We had a mountain of snow fall last weekend, which meant the horses had a whole day stabled, followed by limited turnout for the days following. It soon thawed and we were able to hack out, creeping round the icy lanes with care.

A few spooks at Snow Men and even a Polar Bear, built by our neighbour, although when the bear appeared to have produced a Baby Bear, we were informed it wasn’t a baby as the extra addition was proof that the Bear was now with out doubt of the male variety !! 😲

The thawing of the snow meant we could have an outing arena Eventing today. The ever confident Chief was amazing, finishing 6th in the 80 despite me coming into a very tight 2 stride double too boldly (photos below) and video of us, including us almost falling here.

Brave horse to continue unphased. Thanks for Nikki for doing the fab video.

Christmas Cracker Show Jumping

Had a early start for this as they were offering the horses an arena familiarity walk at 8 am. This was Captains first ever British Show Jumping show, we only registered him to jump nationally last week, so we made use of the walk round opportunity.

They had decorated all the fences with silk drapes, tinsel and Christmas bows, it all looked amazing.

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  • Captain jumped a super double clear and to my surprise he finished in 4th place, he must be naturally quick as I hadn’t pushed against the clock at all. His round on video is here. The Eventers showed the Show Jumpers how to do it as two local Eventers were placed above me with Alex Harris in 2nd & Vicky Hancox 3rd, we were all on baby horses although I think Captain was probably the youngest.

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Chief then did the clear round jumping in the outdoor ring, it was a bigger course than I was expecting but he coped very well, a serious wobble at the double and a few steering issues, he jumped incredibly well for a horse that was only broken in 12 weeks ago. His round complete with wobbles and run out can be seen here. Think he’s going to be a little bit special.

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