Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Bishop Burton ODE

After a couple of week of no competing, Bishop Burton seemed to take a long time to come round!

This competition was to be a new adventure for TTE - not only was it another competition, but as it was around a 3 hour drive, we decided to stable overnight.

Setting off from Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime, and a brief stop at Boroughbridge, we arrive at Bishop Burton college (Beverley, just outside Hull) around 4pm. Finding our stable, Thomas seemed to settle well, quickly, munching happily on his Horse Hage - a real treat from his usual hay!

I chose to walk the course when we arrived, rather than the next morning - I had dressage  at 8.30am and thought half an hour to get Thomas and I looking smart was a better choice. It was a great course, really nice and inviting, a little hilly and sticky in places, but a great one all the same. It included a couple of questions on the way round and I looked forward to answering them!

Now, with Thomas all tucked up in a stable, where did the other members of TTE sleep? In the wagon of course! As it is a 3.5t wagon, we moved the partition and had a super comfy air bed. I was worried I'd be a bit chilly in the night, but we were both as snug as bugs, and woke after a good night's sleep.

On the way to the dressage, you had to pass a very busy and lots to look at Show Jumping arena - Thomas was was excited to see everything, and I just started to worry about having another tense test. He proved me completely wrong. He relaxed as soon as we hit the warm up and produced a nice test. We scored 37.

Only an hour to wait this time in between. The warm up was a little tight which made getting going forward quite difficult. We had a good round, and although came off a right hand corner a little wobbly, nudged 3 to the ground.

I wasn't too disheartened as every time we were getting better in our riding and partnership.


I was looking forward to the cross country, and was determined to go back to the steady and consistent ride I'd had at Richmond - I certainly wasn't getting another 20! I couldn't have been more wrong, Thomas was great, and went at whatever pace I asked of him. We pushed on where we could and took all the questions at a steady pace.

Here's a couple of videos that Andrew took while watching:



We finished on not only a much improved score from Hutton, but also moved up the table by 10 placings! The final score was 54.2 and 22nd.




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