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Monday, 6 May 2013

Burgham ODE

The alarm was set for 5.15am & with an early night on Saturday, everyone was looking forward to a day out at Burgham Horse Trials. 

The week had been spent trying to work on a dressage niggle that I had, and thanks to some great instruction late on Saturday evening, Thomas and I were feeling much more positive about the dressage - even if it wasn't totally fixed! 

With feeling tense and unsettled in the dressage at Northallerton the previous week, I wanted to make sure that we warmed up for enough time this week. Maybe I selected a little too long - 35 minutes! But Thomas was definitely worked in well, and although being a little tired, he was settled into the dressage phase. He completed a lovely relaxed test, maybe a little too relaxed in place but I can't complain, as I'd rather have this than a tense test. We scored a 41, and although was a little disheartened by the score, felt the test had gone much better. The score was well placed in amongst the rest of the class too, so it wasn't just us! As usual, Andrew videoed the test for you to see.

The show jumping was up next. It was another blustery day, so with a marquee very close to the far side of the show jumping blowing around, I decided to enter the ring and trot past this. Thomas didn't find the marquee so fearless - with another group of people putting up another one next door! After a couple of tries to get him past, I decided to leave it and start the round. I was worried about coming over number 7; right next to the marquees and a triple bar. It was our first triple bar, and I was excited to jump it. We do have a video, but it lacks fluidity unfortunately due to the initial distractions. We had three down so I wasn't too disappointed, but would have liked to have been able to take a better line to fence 1. Not long after my round, the group of people were made to stop putting up the marquee and asked to remove what was up...

Now on a score of 53, I was keen to not add anymore to the score. We did just that, coming home clear and inside the time - just 5 seconds spare. So I'll be looking to improve Thomas' fitness and even with the spring grass the feed needs keeping!!

Andrew managed to get a shot of us coming over the first, but unfortunately, selected camera and not film for our return to the finish! 

We all had a fantastic day and finished in our best position yet - 15th! I was really pleased with Thomas and pleased that we'd been able to turn around into a much more positive feeling at the end of the week.

Thanks again goes to the support of our sponsor, Jan Wood Properties.

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