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Monday, 29 April 2013

Northallerton ODE

After a couple of days away in Copenhagen with the 9-5 job, we'd entered Northallerton ODE for the BE90 on the Sunday.

Following a pleasing start to the season at Eden Valley, we were looking forward to another event. We'd been to watch at Northallerton before, and thought it was a lovely set up with a well-run day. We weren't wrong when we came back this year to do it for ourselves.

We were a little later than planned to arrive with strong winds while travelling down from Newcastle, but we were able to take a brisk walk around the cross country before heading back to the wagon to get ready for the dressage.

Thomas had schooled very well at home on Friday evening, so it was disappointing to feel that he was a little tense and not settling very well. The warm up time seems to just disappear and it was our turn. Thomas went OK, but I could feel it wouldn't be our strongest test, which is a shame with all the hard work we have been putting in recently.

We didn't make any mistakes, although we did disagree slightly on when we should trot again... We finished on a score of 43, which we hope will be much improved at our next few outings. Andrew did film the test and you can see it below.

We had about an hour and a half before our classes show jumping started, so popping Thomas back on the wagon, we headed off to take a look and learn the course. It was set up in a nice big arena, but on a surface, and not grass like it had been previously. The fences looked really nice and the course seemed to flow well.

Thomas warmed up, jumping really nicely, and went into the ring feeling lovely and forward. We had a very nice round until a very bright fence 5 which took some concentration away, and we had a couple down after than. Managing to regain composure before the final two fence, we finished the round on 16 to add. Slightly disappointed as the round started and ended very well...

Onto the cross country - our favourite part. The course didn't present anything difficult and was a nice and inviting course. After a heavy trip over the first fence, Thomas was off, not touching another fence!! We took the first four steady, but after then, Thomas gave me a lovely ride, and really opened up in between fences. We came home safe and sound, and within the optimum time. Andrew managed to get a couple of shots of us coming towards home which are below.

There are a few more photos in our gallery from the day, so make sure you take a look!

We finished the day on a score of 59 - slightly lower than normal, but pleased to come away with no issues, problems or anything going wrong!

We'd like to thank our sponsor, Jan Wood Properties (www.janwoodpropertes.com), for their support, and were pleased that our newly branded jackets kept us lovely and warm in the wind and rain!

Our next event is Burgham this weekend, Sunday. We're looking forward to it, and will be sure to post about how we get on!

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