Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Hutton in the Forrest ODE

Two weeks after Richmond came Hutton - a much more challenging event, with lots more going on and an overall higher key event. It also followed Cumwinton the previous week, which after travelling from Newcastle to Penrith at 5.30am, was cancelled around 10am due to heavy rain. We hoped that Hutton would be a much better week... Right we were.

Team Tunnah Eventing welcomed a guest on this trip - my husband's Mum, Rosie.

The sun was shining and we left the yard at a much more sociable 8.30am to travel almost to the same place, near Penrith.

I'd watched a friend at this event a few years ago, and knew how it was set up and where everything was, but I was still very excited to be there competing.

The course is much more challenging, and walking the cross country, I looked forward to tackling some new style fences with more technicality.

Thomas found this event much more exciting, with lots to look at and lots going on. He was very excitable in the dressage, as well as being strong in places. It resulted in a tense test, and scored 42.5.

Onto Show Jumping...with a 2 hour wait in between! I was determined to ride a forward and positive round, and try for more consistency in between fences. We got this, however, more forward and strength from Thomas meant I took a check on my reins too much on some fences, and just rolled 5 out of the cups.

Cross country was much more fun with Thomas having all this strength and new found power - he flew round most of the course, but due to my inexperience, and riding a line to a triple slightly wrong, we had a run out at the middle element. Complete rider error... and the rider won't make it again!!

We came round and jumped it perfectly the second time, and still got home in time. Here's some videos from Andrew stood in the middle of the course.






Unfortunately, we didn't better our score from Richmond, finishing on 83.5
However, to show the increased difficulty of this course, we finished in exactly the same placing as Richmond, 32nd.

Look out for the next post.... Bishop Burton!

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