Reports are coming thick and fast at the moment. I like doing a report after each competition as it means they are more detailed and luckily for you readers less effort to read - can you imagine the waffle if I tried to fit a months worth of reports into one!!
So here is my JAS Final report... What a day!
Started off with a 4.30 am alarm - a little early for my liking, but with the horses I have got I can think of nothing better than spending the day with them! We were on target when we left the yard at 6 am with three clean horses. Ozzie had been given an extra bit of space that he had demanded at the end of the lorry, and we were good to go! The journey went by with no dramas whatsoever! Which is a miracle with us.. we didnt even get lost, making good time to arrive at 7.57, 3 minutes earlier than we had planned - made a change to be early! We put the ramp down and went to walk the course.
The course was technical enough, with lots of twists and turns and plenty of space to make up or lose time. There were also some cleverly built distances so that you actually had to ride them! Back to the lorry and a swap round of horses before tacking Lily up to warm her up. She warmed up beautifully, and felt on great form with plenty of energy thanks to simples systems advice to increase the Lucie Nuts in her feed to provide this energy. Unfortunately she got into the ring and went very green, at which point I decided to sit and look pretty but not be particurlarly effective, which lead to her having a couple of stops, which then got to me a little bit and I went wrong! However she got better and better as it went on, so I was very cross with myself but pleased with her. After a quick wake up call to me - reminding myself I am perfectly capable of riding effectively and positively I was ready to have another go in the BE90 on Punch. He was fab, and set the standard for the day - which from the start got better and better. He jumped double clear and inside the time to finish on his style mark of 15, leaving us in 10th place, so a good start.
A quick look at the BE100 course and I was back on Punch, but still riding as determinedly as ever - I was not going to let him stop! I neednt have worried as he popped round it easily, but just having a late pole down as he was getting tired. However he got a style mark of 11 and with the pole was on 15, and managed to finish in 9th place. We had target fed Lily by giving her greengold and lucie nuts an hour before the BE100 round to ensure she had enough energy. I think this made a huge difference as she started to get a little tired towards the end, but was still keen and forwards and a prep talk from mum I was ready to attack the course. What a difference a round makes. She was just fantastic once I actually showed I could ride and she made it feel easy, gaining a style mark of 12 and finishing on it - leaving us in 5th place, so a massive improvement on the first round!
Then it was the turn of little Ozzie, who had lost count of the number of times he had gone in and out of the lorry whilst being there, but as game as ever he was ready to go. We were first in in the novice class. And I managed to completely miss to a fence outside just before I went in - which although wasn't great, it really made me remember I was riding Ozzie! He was a superstar and a clear inside the time was the perfect start to the class. This tallied up my clears inside the time to 3/5. Ozzie was given a style mark of 10 which was good enough to give us a 2nd place, we were on an equal score to the winner but they were slightly closer to the optimum so won. However I love that pony so much .. what a true superstar he is. Someone must want to buy him, he is sooo cool and is looking for a lovely new home where he can teach them what he has taught me, and give them the fun that he has given me.
So what a great day, we eventually left Addington at 6pm, 12 hours after we had left the yard, and arrived at the yard 2 hours later. We got home at 9.15 so a very long day, but I couldnt have wished for better. 4/5 placings, 3/5 clear inside the time! What fantastic horses I have and a huge thank you to mum who drove me there and back and was groom and trainer!
Off to Munstead for Combined Training next weekend. Lily is doing the BE90 combined training and the BE100 dressage, and Punch is doing the BE100 combined training and the Novice Dressage.
Another update soon, and I promise I will get photos and videos of it all up soon!
Ps.. forgot to say, found out this week that I was Highly Commended in the SupaStuds Training Bursary, which is nice to know, that although I dont have a Young Riders horse yet they were impressed with my application to place me in the top 15 o