Monday, 7 January 2013

A Winning Start to 2013!

It's been a good few weeks since I last posted - that's mainly because throughout December, Thomas and I haven't really done very much. As the winter nights drew in, the countdown for 21st December (winter solstice) was well and truly on, plus with all the rain, it just wasn't practical to be riding on an evening. We kept going with some nice weekend hacks, and did occasionally venture into the arena once a week.

However, with having some time off work in between Christmas and New Year, it was important to get the right start for bringing Thomas back into work... Starting with a couple of SJ classes at a local Riding Club show. This was the first thing Thomas had done in a while and seemed pleased to see somewhere different. We have a couple down in each class, but like I say, we were off, and back on the road toward the 2013 season!

Before Christmas I'd planned my January competitions to make sure I could put in the training and ensure that we do the right competitions - not just because things will run.

It started off with Dressage yesterday (6th January). We couldn't have kicked off 2013 in any better way! Entering into two classes, I made sure I had a couple of practice sessions before, but the hard work really paid off - we came second in the first class (Prelim 1) on a fantastic score of 73.2%. If you'd like to see for yourself, here's a video of the test:

We'd decided to change things in the warm up before the test, so I'm pleased that they paid off. Thomas is easily bored on the flat, so I started my warm up about 2 horses before me - this is around 10-15 minutes before it was my turn. It seems to have worked a treat, as he was still keen and enthusiastic when he entered the arena.

For our second class, Prelim 12, I was a little anxious in case Thomas thought he'd done all the hard work, and wasn't interested in another test, but it seems I was wrong. As we only had about a 20 minute wait, I put a nice warm rug on him, and when the horse before me went in, I started to warm up again. This again proved to work.

We came first on 75.6% - almost 5% ahead of the field. This was our first red rosette together, so I was very proud and pleased with Thomas. Again, there's a video if you'd like to watch:
 

And here's a nice photo at home with the rosettes - Thomas was already back on the wagon in his warm rug by the time the results came out!

Now that we are back in training and preparation, we hope to have many more posts and updates for you, starting next week, with some Indoor XC training and Team Dressage for our Riding Club.


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