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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Our First British Dressage & A Red Ribbon to Match

One of my aims with Louie in 2017 was to have a go at British Dressage... & today we did just that for the first time!! Not only did we give it a go, we came first in our section, and 3rd in the overall class!

& here's our test...A little tense than our test two weeks ago. Louie couldn't quite figure out why there was a judging hut at H, but I was how he continued to work and listen to me throughout. We scored 63.2%.

Our test was at 8.18am, so after a nice hack on Saturday afternoon, we set about washing Louie's legs & tail, before plaiting up. Half way through plaiting I thought I'd be maybe a bit ambitious with 19 plaits plus the forelock....

An hour or so later, Louie looked a smarty pants in all his bandages, beaming tail and long row of plaits.

With such an early test time, I wasn't quite so enthusiastic about setting my alarm at 5.30am...! (I'm not quite sure how I used to do this very frequently when eventing, but I suppose eventing season isn't full of -3 mornings!!)

Allowing sufficient time for the wagon cab to defrost, I had to puzzle a way to get my ramp locks to defrost too... Thanks to a few sprays of de-icer, I was in! It was nice to have a swift start - just giving Louie his breakfast, and changing his rugs, before loading and setting off.

Arriving on time, we tacked up and got on - not much time for photos due to such cold weather, but Andrew managed to get this nice one when we had finished of Louie stood proud as punch in his Premier Equine Magnetic rug.

Louie ready to go home in his Premier Equine Magnetic rug
The last few months with Louie have been such as blast - he really is proof that hard work, determination & motivation do pay off. Fingers cross we get to achieve some more of our goals throughout 2017.

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