Sunday, 10 August 2014

2014 Season So Far

So, it's now August, so a recap of the season so far.

Burgham
This was our first event, thankfully a local event as we were second in for the dressage! It was a cold, dark morning at the end of March, but we were so excited to be back out eventing. Thomas put in a lovely relaxed dressage test to score our first ever under 30 score of 29.5. Heading to the showjumping (where you couldn't see the full arena for the fog!) it was sticky and muddy, but all I thought about was kicking on. We had an unlucky two down. Off to XC, but with no one moving out the warm up and the 1st fence not visible from the start box, it was called off to become a combined training. We finished 8th which was a great start, even if we couldn't do our favourite part.

Northallerton
We'd planned to go BE100 here, but with no XC run we stuck at 90. A decent dressage of 32.5, and a very frustrating one showjump down (the last!). Off we headed to XC - clear & in time. Great result & although being 14th, we were just 0.5 from 10th so it was a tight finish!

Richmond
This was now our first BE100 run of the season. Unfortunately, due to very heavy rain overnight, it was called off on the day of our class.

Floors
A big & bold course, but our first BE100 run of the season (& my favourite event). Unfortunately Thomas hadn't been himself leading up to this event, which we eventually found (the night before) a chipped tooth, which with some persuasion, the vet managed to extract the chip & file back. I was worried Thomas was still sore so probably didn't ride like I should have done. A dressage of 38.5, and two showjumps down, but clear and in time cross country.

Belsay
Another great local event, probably my favourite of the local ones. It wasn't to be our day - a dressage of 36.5 & not feeling quite together, a deceptively sticky showjumping arena and putting three down. But the worst was a fall in the cross country warm up! I was disappointed with myself so just assuming, but Thomas also put in a naughty run out half way round, giving us our only 20 penalties of the season.

Hutton in the Forrest
A good day out, although a little backward in the dressage. Showjumping was quite the opposite - Thomas became too strong after a big triple bar, and had three down after it in a row! The cross country was bold as usual, and flooding memories of my fall the event before came back. It I didn't go now though, when would I? So I set off, making my mind up that if we got to the 4th fence and it wasn't right, we'd pull up. Thomas was an angel and did all the work for me, getting me home safely.

Eden Valley
This was definitely was not our finest hour - a high dressage score, but a very bad showjumping round. With just two put down, we came into the last, a double leading up to the entrance, just one stride in between. Second part, Thomas went to take off, but put his feet back down. I went straight out the front door. Annoyingly, we had the first part down when we had to rejump. I took it steady XC as the ground was hard and no point pushing, so a bit of a cricket score finish. But we learnt our lesson, to ride every stride and never assume...

Well, that's us up to date. I'll try and post more frequently as we continue through the season.

Thanks for reading! :)

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