Entered the BE100 with J as a sweetener to his first Novice run at
Burgham. I am hoping to alternate between Novice and BE100 over this
season to keep him feeling positive with the aim that perhaps we could
think about doing Blair CCI 1* next August 2014 .
Anyway my aim for Floors was to get inside the time XC, we have always picked up a few time faults.
Anyway set off in Trudy (the truck who has been sick recently) and she
drove like a dream to get us there in plenty of time before Dressage.
Unfortunately it rained the whole way there, and all day long. Luckily
for me the occasional dry spell happened when I was riding so J and I
Dr was in front of the beautiful castle, what an awesome venue, and
although I tried to ride more positive we still get a pants score of
39.0 which left us 24th out of 35 after Dr , there were loads in the early 30's.
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We had a few hours to wait until after Dr so went to walk the XC.
Unfortunately it monsooned it down and despite being in waterproofs i
was soaked to the knickers! The course was a bold galloping track, with
alot of non-portables, due to the rain the water jump was getting
deeper, the BE100 only had a run in and step out so I wasn't worried.
Went back to the lorry to get changed and ready to do SJ, tacked up and
headed over to find they were running behind and still had a course
walk. Still it stayed dry while I kept him walking around and watched a
few go - didn't walk the course but could see it was slippery on the
turn back to fence 3 and 6, alot of people had major problems on the
course. The warm up was a bit tricky, due to slippery ground so i only
jumped half a dozen times before going in.
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Fab Hubby took his camera to video me for the Dr and SJ and took some
photees of the XC. He's great considering it was extremely wet and he is
not horsey at all.
In the SJ I used the corners to stay wide and balanced, very pleased
that we jumped clear but my upper body was like a sack of potatoes, very
cross with myself for that although J jumped well! We normally have
one down when jumping on grass so I was chuffed - perhaps he likes the
Off to XC, due to the time delay SJ they were taking people as you
arrived, as it was very soon after SJ didn't need much so as I only had
one before me I popped the warm up a couple of times before heading to
the start box.
So off we set and what a round, the boy just locked onto every thing and
flew. The hill beyond a fan fence at fence 7 was slippy but I just
asked him to steady and he slowed! came down the hill to pop fence 8
The only slight hitch we had was in the water, we cantered in and he locked onto the intermediate jump had to pull him off it to step out - think he would have jumped it for fun though ,
flew the last fences to home. It felt faster than normal so I was
hoping we would be inside the time, there wasn't a single problem with
the ground despite the weather and he had his ears forward the whole
time big pats for the grey pony.
Went to collect Dr sheet which says on forehand for most of it so need
to work on that. End result was 39.0, Clear SJ and Clear
XC........INSIDE THE TIME.... Woop Woop!! We climbed up to 12th place
with our final score so very pleased with that result.
The beautiful venue
Fence before the coffin - thanks to Grossick Photography
Coffin - pic taken by hubby