Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Eden Valley ODE

With what seemed to be the longest winter ever, Team Tunnah Eventing were pleased when the first event of the 2013 season finally came round; Eden Valley on 6 April.

Without too early a start, we set off from our based just outside of Newcastle, across the A69 to travel close to Penrith, Cumbria.

With the recent bad weather, we packed for the worst; full waterproofs, thermal gloves, wellies, the lot! We were very pleasantly surprised to find blue sky and sunshine while we drove, which we could only hope would remain for the rest of the day. It did, and while a bit chilly, it was finally nice to have the sun out and not be wrapped up in several layers!

Thomas warmed up nicely for the dressage, albeit a little distracted with it being his first event of the season, but settle enough. We've recently invested in a new saddle which is taking me some time to get use to sitting differently, so we had a few slight mis-communications in the test, but overall it was pleasing. We scored 40.5, so lots to be improved on, and hopefully this will be reflected in our future scores. Here's a video of the test:


Next, we walked the cross country course, which seemed very nice for early in the season, with a couple of questions, but nothing that we couldn't handle :-) I was a little nervous, just to actually get out there and doing it, but also just because we hadn't done any for so long!!

In the meantime, I had the show jumping phase to complete. The course was in a small arena but welcoming arena, and the course layout itself seemed nice; a bit of a tricky turn at the end! We had two very unlucky poles down in the middle, and Thomas became very keen by the end of the round, and we almost missed the second to last and ended up over another, but thankfully not. We finished the round with 12 penalties to add.


Finally we were able to get on the cross country - the adrenaline was pumping & after a lengthy wait in the warm-up, we were finally off! Andrew got some footage of us coming over the second, third and forth...


He also managed to get us coming through the water and steadily round to the penultimate fence.


We finished without any jumping penalties and within the optimum time, so nothing to add from this stage.

We finished the day on a score of 52.5, which was very pleasing for our first event this season. We hope that things continue to go well this season & will be sure to add our reports on here as soon as we can.

There are a few extra photos below but our next event will be Northallerton, 28 April.








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