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.
There’s a bit of a story with my one horse whom I was taking. He is called Baloutero we bought him last May, he had only been castrated a few weeks and was still very coltish, plus he was totally in love with my coloured mare Miranda and I think due to this, I had a few problems with him. He would scream to her out hacking and be generally very distracted and I found I was struggling on my own with him. So we sent Baloutero to 5* rider Louise Harwood to compete for us. She did a fab job winning lots of £ British Show Jumping, and in the meantime I sent lovely Miranda away to be sold. The plan being that when Baloutero came home and with Miranda gone I might be able to ride him.
It was sad to see Miranda go 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. It’s a bit of a fingers crossed that I made the right decision and I have chosen to keep the right one. Never easy when they are young and both have shown so much potential.
Baloutero is now home and with the distraction of the lovely lady Miranda gone he has knuckled down well, to his work and is going beautifully.
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.