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Monday, 4 March 2013

Competition Report: Combined Training 3rd March

After a busy day out cross country schooling on Saturday, I was conscious that Thomas may be a little tired for his competition on the Sunday. However, thanks to the new Competition Concentrate that I've put Thomas on, his work recovery is much better.

This week was Combined Training - a Novice (N24) dressage test, with show jumping to follow at 95cm.

I was a little concerned about my dressage as the last time we tried Novice, it was our first attempt together, and wasn't up to standard - that was just three weeks ago. We were a little disheartened after last week's dressage scores, but it made us all very determined to improve during training in the last couple of weeks!

We were in the warm up a little long than we would have liked, and the judge seemed to take a long time before signally for the start of the test, but Thomas was lovely and forward, moving nicely, relaxed and loosely.

We scored 38.1 which we were thrilled at. This is a harder level of test than we would require when competing with British Eventing, and we usually score around 37 for that! It was also a huge improvement from the last attempt at this level three weeks earlier of 45.7...

Here's the test:

After  quick change to some equipment, we headed back to the arena to warm up for our SJ. There was no one waiting in front so we jumped the practice fences, and went in. The main aim was for a much more fluid and forward round. This we got, and even though we had three down, the round overall was much improved. I concentrated a little too much on keeping forward from fence 2 to 3, and so could have ridden a better corner, so I'll take the blame for 4a & b coming down, and number 7 was on a very odd line, and we just clipped it. Still, it highlighted a lot for us to work on!

Here's the show jumping round:

This evening I exercised Thomas for 25 minutes to allow him to stretch and relax into work. He didn't feel tired, so again the feed must be working, though when he was finished, he was ready to be all tucked up and have his tea!

This week we'll be lunging on Wednesday and on Thursday are trying a Poles & Crosspoles training session with BBDRC - hopefully Andrew will come along and get some footage!

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