A VERY exciting email to receive…. 2nd year in a row that Vince has qualified for Gatcombe but this year in the intermediate championships!!
Fingers crossed we get there again fit and well…. his first event back is Farley Hall in a couple of weeks, both him and I are more than a little bit excited to be out eventing again
We will be using this section to keep you all up to date with all our eventing news and reports from each event we compete at, including the good, the bad and the ugly!
We promise we won’t just cherry pick the good times as we know horses and people aren’t perfect 100% of the time and eventing comes with lots of highs & lows!
January has meant that the horses have concluded their walk and trot work following their holidays and are being slowly built up for the 2018 season. after a couple of weeks of schooling they are allowed their first jump of the year which can be an erm exciting experience as demonstrated by rising 6yo Ron (Clonshire Reward) ⬇️⬇️😂😂
Needless to say all the other horses Dave (BABY DAVID), Vince (OH STAR II Z) and Milo (NOBLE SQUIRE) were on springs for their first jumps of the year… just not quite so exuberant 😂
Ron and Vince then went to dressage both pulling of good tests for their first outing to come 3rd in their respective sections. They then went to Felbridge combined training a week later for something abit more exciting than dressage! Ron did his best test yet followed by a cracking show jumping round with just the one pole rolled due to some green moments early on in the round (not so cocky now!!). Vince was on fine form doing an excitable test followed by an effortless clear round to WIN the intermediate section 🏆
Lloyd and Zerena also went to combined training putting in a confident performance following a month of hunting and cross country training!
preparations continue for the season… the countdown begins ⏰😮
There hasn’t been a baby diaries update for a while but this was a big one for 4yo Milo…. he went to his first show 😱
This was the first time he’s shared an arena with more than one other horse or seen so many horses and people in one place! He was very good to do and warmed up lovely and to our surprise with minimal anxiety and worry 🎉 he then jumped a lovely round to only have the last few fences down as he got tired towards the end. So proud of our little homebred… not bad considering he was only backed in July and has a few physical differences to most horses
So yesterday the CIC** with Vince really didn’t go to plan… He has been feeling himself (finally) in these past few weeks following his virus which took lots more out of him than we first thought For some reason before the dressage I had a complete attack of nerves, normally I don’t get too nervous (especially before a dressage test!) But all i could think about was if he was actually ok and it completely threw me. He has been going so beautifully and I let him down by being too tense and even going wrong in my test (something I haven’t done since I was 13!) He totally didn’t deserve it
At the cross country my awesome mother and pro starter Chris Kirby managed to get Vince off with no dramas he flew threw 2/3 of the course feeling completely back to normal on the course until after fence 13 where he started to tire. He is as fit as we could get him but what we didn’t realise is how the lack of runs had effected his “xc fitness”. He pecked on landing after the bank and I should have gone to the alternative but competitive nature made me go for the straight route which he just couldn’t make. Not long after this he ran out of puff coming up the bank and so I retired him. In hindsight we should have entered the intermediate and we will now give him a fun run round Little Downham next week to hopefully give us both abit of a boost we will get our sh@t together for then
Thank you Summer Jones for the photos ❤
Well it was one of those events where if we’d known what we do now we never would have left the yard!
Firstly we set off for Somerford Park International horse trials with time to get there and time to spare for traffic… clearly the traffic had other ideas and the traffic time was eaten on the M6, this combined with getting very lost meant we had less than desirable time to warm up for our dressage! Luckily poor Vince was actually in a lovely relaxed mood (probably the 4.5h hour journey ). I was then told off for wearing my blue boots and penalised for carrying a stick around the edge of the arena (both of which I have done at all past internationals without a problem) but I suppose rules are rules and I need to brush up on the differences between FEI and BE ones Vince did our best test to date despite the pirouettes, they are very hit and miss at the moment, to score a respectable 53(FEI) leaving us in the top half.
Yesterday morning was the cross country, Vince was his usual erm boyant self on the way there and mum was at hand to grab him for the startbox but he warmed up surprisingly calm… I could even canter him in hand without a problem in the warm up, so I thought wow he’s growing up! However once we had set off and got past fence 6 he seemed a little lack luster and I realised he wasn’t towing me around as usual… He then completely bypassed a fence and just wasn’t bothered about cross country or “flag spotting”. So I then decided to retire him He normally lives for the cross country and it just felt like riding a different horse
We are thinking that he might still be suffering the after effects of the virus (despite being tested clear)! He seemed willing but didn’t have his usual enthusiasm and just lacked energy… I wish they could tell us what was up! we will have a rest of season plan rethink and have everything checked to make sure he is on top form before entering anything else!
I should have known him being calm in the dressage was too good to be true
Luckily Aston Intermediate with Vince ended up being a very good event with him coming 7th… however this could have very easily have gone the other way…
Firstly he warmed up for his dressage in a very stroppy fashion and was very put out when he was told to wind his neck in. He then produced a lovely test until the last 3 movements where he did throw himself around however it wasn’t the end of the world and a definite improvement
He then went on to jump an awesome double clear … so awesome that I almost got jumped off at the second to last fence and narrowly avoided getting a dunking with both my feet on his left side and no stirrups as you can see Vince wasn’t bothered by my amateur attempt at stunt riding and carried on at full speed
Next stop Gatcombe Intermediate Championship eeek