KATHERINE CROSS TALKS US THROUGH HER SEASON

My 2015 event summary: This year I have had a fantastic event season with Romeo who I got at the beginning of the year. We started the season with a couple of 100s so I could get to know him and they went really well resulting in two lovely double clears.

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We then moved up to novice at the end of March. We started off a bit patchy at novice with our dressage and showjumping due to not knowing each other very well, but the more I got to know him the better we got. We qualified for the U18 championships early in the summer by doing well in the U18 regional qualifiers (3rd and 6th) and I found that the new U18 test really helped crack the sitting trot! We got consistently in the 20s which I was thrilled with! I did my first CIC* this year at Brightling which went really well with a good dressage which put us into 7th after that phase and a good show jump and steadyish XC meant we finished in the top 15!

Brightling was a great set up for my first Intermediate in the OIU21 at Aston Le Walls and Romeo looked after me doing a 33 dressage and an awesome double clear with 1.8 time faults to come 4th – Great IMG_4466preparation for next years Junior Trials!

After Brightling I received a letter in the post which said I has been invited on an U18 development squad trip to Millstreet, Ireland in the CIC*. I was so thrilled to receive this news and at the end of August wet trekked over to Ireland to compete with the rest of the U18 squad. Romeo was yet again awesome and did a 47.2 dressage (FEI marking) and double clear in the time which meant we came 4th! This result and Aston OIU21 have undoubtedly got to be the highlights of my season! The whole U18 performed amazingly at Millstreet with 7 of us in the top 10 and all of us in the top half!

 At the end of the season Romeo and I headed to Weston Park for the U18 championships in the J* as part of the eastern team and my first 3 day. We had our trot up on Wednesday which he flew through and dressage the next day on Thursday. Romeo did a nice test with a slightly disappointing mark of 49.8. He then flew clear round the very long 8min 22seconds optimum time track in the time – he got lots of pats and polos after that! The next and final day we had a trot up early in the morning which he passed with ease and then showjumping later that morning. We had an unfortunate pole show jumping which dropped us out of the top 10 placings but our score was counted for the team competition and the
Eastern team came 3rd! Weston was a great experience and lots of fun meeting some lovely people!
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This year I also got two other horses, Goggles my six year old and Leo a 10 year old Hanoverian. I have been taking it slowly this year with Goggles as he still young and has so much talent, we’ve been doing lots of training and hope to come out strong next year.
 Leo arrived at the end of the summer and we have done four events going from BE90 to Novice in that time. My first event with him was at Shelford Manor in the 90 where he posted a 24 dressage, double IMG_5767clear to take the win! My second event was at Monmouth in the 100 where he did a 27 dressage and came 3rd! We then did a 100 plus where he went well but too fast time faults xc dropped us out of the placings. We then did his first Novice at Broadway where he did a 32 dressage and double clear!
 I was so pleased with him and can’t wait for next year with him! Broadway is a lovely event for a first time Novice, I did my first and my ponies first ever novice there in 2012 where we went double clear too!
This is my season round up, A huge thanks to everyone who has helped and supported me this year! I’ve now got a winter full of training and preparation including some BS and BD hoping to come out strong next year!

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