Winner X 3

It’s my birthday weekend, and although I would rather go jumping, there was a dressage competition being held at the lovely Hartpury Arena. With snow forecast an indoor event just down the road was slightly more appealing, even though it meant getting up at 5.30 am to clean and plait the horses.

The day turned out to be an exceptionally good one. The competition was a higher level than normal with 5* rider Franky Reid-Warilow having 3 of her Novice horses both in the Prelim and the Novice. She arrived in an enormous and very beautiful lorry, and had some stunning horses to ride, we were all in awe.

I have my 5 year old Baloutero home for the winter, we bought him last May, we based with Louise Harwood for the Autumn where he has proven himself as an outstanding show jumper, winning £200 in just a few outings and qualifying for the Blue Chip Championships and also jumping his first Newcomers with just one rail lowered.

Other news is that Mitty Hardy Eventing has sold Miranda for me , she was the kindest and most gentle horse to look after and she had been a bit of a winning machine both in Dressage and Eventing. I had hoped she might make me an advanced horse, she had a huge careful jump and gave me some super rides XC.

The days dressage at Hartpury turned into a perfect day, Baloutero was a bit green in the dressage but we won the class, coming equal first on 70% to the 5* rider Franky.

Then Tracy, who I coach, finished in the ribbons just behind myself and Franky. What an amazing day for her, by far her best dressage test to date, and only beaten by 4* and 5* riders.

Edentrillick Ruby Tuesday then was a little darling, best foot forward and did two super tests to win both the Novice and the Elementary.

We arrived home to find my friend Nikki who I also coach, had returned from Allens Hill and won both her classes too, she’s tougher than us and did outdoors dressage in the rain!!

A pretty fab day.

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