Well what a month we have had in July… It’s been a busy one but it’s been worth every minute of it.
The 1st couple days of July didn’t start like my usual in fact they started with a hen party in Magulaf. My best friend Carrie gets married in September so off we went to enjoys some sunshine.
On arriving back I only had a couple days before heading to Barbury International.
Darcy started a the day with a super test of 27, 1 pole showjumping and found the cross country very easy going clear to come 3rd in the Novice, Little Miss consistent strikes again!
Next up was the lovely Lily, it was her first event back after a couple set backs after Tattersalls and didn’t she come out feeling amazing. 33 dressage double clear in the Intermediate Novice.
Finally it was Hugo’s turn and my God didn’t he come out with a bang. He stepped up a level to Intermediate Novice and he lead from start to finish with a 25 dressage double clear to win!!!!!! It was a brilliant day for the whole team.
No sooner were we back and off to Bicton the following day where the good form contuined with the lovely Harry. He did a decent test and lovely double clear to come 4th in a competitive 5yr old class, just missing out on qualifying. Diane did a nice test , 1 pole showjumping and a good clear cross-country in the BE100 Plus to finish 9th. Roly did a super test to be lying 2nd a good showjumping round but a silly slip not he cross country cost him 20 penalties and a top 10 placing.
As we are always trying to improve we took a lorry full of horses jumping at Bicton Arena’s BS show the following week where they all jumped well and Lily was 5th in the Newcomers.
Along side this we have had a super bunch of horses in for schooling and training.
Our next big event was Dauntsey where yet again the horses were on flying form.
The ever so consistent and talented Darcy did a smart test of 30 and super double clear to finish 5th in the Novice, she is now only 1 point away from being a Intermediate horse on points at only 6 years old.
The dressage Diva Hugo was next to go in the Intermediate Novice he did another super test to score 27.5 and clear showjumping to be lying in the lead. We made the decision not to run him across the country as the ground would not of been ideal for him and saved him for another day
Finally it was the ever exuberant Harry’s turn. Who showed his true talent with a 26.5 dressage classy double clear to be 2nd in the KBIS 5 year old class, this now qualifies him for the Championship at Osberton in September.
On the Sunday following this I headed to Launceston with a new ride Rico. He kept the flag flying with 24 dressage and double clear to finish 2nd in BE90 Open and my working Pupil Lauren also was 2nd. We all feel like we have 2nd syndrome!!
Finally our last event of this month was Wilton.
It was a mixed day. The lovely Diane started us off with a average test not quite her normal self, had a couple early poles showjumping but improved as we went on. The ground wasn’t to her liking so withdrew her for another day.
Next the talented Harry made his step up to Novice …. and didn’t he do it impressively with a 28 dressage to be lying 4th and a immaculate clear showjumping, he made it feel very easy. The ground was on the firmer side so we choose to withdraw him also.
We also took our very exciting young horse Tommy. He went to see what eventing life is all about and took it in his stride. He will aim for a event at the end of the year.
Along with all this my own mare Delilah is currently at Stud. Everything crossed that she is foal to the lovely Urkel.
So July had been pretty awesome for the whole team. Let’s look forward to a even better August.
Thanks as always to my wonderful owners fantastic team and my sponsors EWW, NAF, Sporting Hares, Racesafe and Fairfax and Favor.