Saturday 15.8.20 we went just 10mins up the road to our most local Finchingfield Equestrian centre for some unaffiliated showjumping as a fun and chilled outing for Willy and Smudge. Each horse came home with a win a piece and a 2nd and 5th placings. It was a fun afternoon with lovely horses ❤️
Thursday 20.8.20 – when Willy won his first event at Little Downham in July his prize was a lesson with Tina Ure XC schooling at Little Downham so Rosie took Smudge for the session. He was super and we’re looking forward to his next event.
Since our last update we’ve had plenty of outings!
On the 20th June no less than 9 horses/ponies from the yard took part in the East Essex Hunt Fun Ride, firstly 2 ponies made their way round a 3.5mile ride with Rosie’s eldest daughter Eliza and her friend Jess in the saddles, back to the yard for a quick turn around and 7 horses returned to complete 12.5miles! All the horses were great and it was a really fun day.
A couple of our 3yos have been in and started the breaking process, they are now being ridden away.
Chandra Goodes 4yo Smokey has been for a stay and learnt to jump 👍
We went to our first show after lockdown at Boyton Hall, it was Willy’s first competitive showjumping and he was a very good boy, just having a pole in both his rounds, Smudge hadn’t lost any of his form and won both his classes!🥇🥇
We then had a brilliant day XC schooling at Stratford hills with Smudge, Willy and Smokey!
This weekend just gone (19.7.20) Willy (homebred 4yo) went to his first ode at Little Downham, he was quite unbelievable really, he lead from start to finish by more than 4 penalties finishing on his dressage score of 26.3 👌😍
Then yesterday was Smudge’s turn with our first BS outing again. Mr Consistent jumped clear both 1.05 and Newcomers to bring home the money with a 2nd and 3rd, even some profit! 🤩
It’s been pretty full on for us all ever since we’ve been allowed to get going again and it doesn’t stop here with another outing for both horses this weekend, then maybe we’ll have a few quieter weeks, particularly Willy who will definitely be taking it easy for a while 🥰
It was so brilliant to get out XC schooling last week 😀 Even better that we got to go to the amazing Little Downham where the ground must be one of very few places that isn’t like a road currently, it has been maintained to perfection! On top of that the ponies were superb, Willy had his first ever experience of XC… Of course he took it all in his stride 😍
Smudge also came along, he too was very good, being so careful it’s all about his confidence so nothing big, just lots of fun 👍
On Saturday Smudge went BS at Keysoe, he was on form jump double clear for 2nd in a very competitive Newcomers before jumping well in the Fox for a couple down, it was an improved round from his last fox ❤️
Today Smudge had another trip to the Jays BS, he jumped some bigger classes, 1.15 and Fox, he was a good boy with one down 1.15 and two Fox, Rosie hasn’t jumped these height courses since #Stantheman which was getting on for 3yrs ago, she said she really needs the practice but despite her Smudge showed he’s well capable and hopefully they’ll be jumping clears in no time #practicemakesperfect 🌟
Yesterday Teddy did the first event of the season, Isleham was the only event that ran in the weather conditions. It was a very big ask for Teddy as he didn’t manage a double clear at 80 last season and he went straight in to his first 90.
He got through the dressage in gale force winds and torrential rain, it wasn’t his best test but conditions considered it wasn’t bad and 30.8 was a pleasing score.
He then jumped a super double clear inside the time to finish 4th 😊 This is absolute proof that giving them time is the most important thing with the majority of young horses. He’s had very little schooling over the winter since last season and literally jumped only a few times. Rosie only rode him twice this year the week before this event, and still he’s come on in leaps and bounds.
Teddy went XC schooling at Stratford hills a few days ago, it was Rosie’s first ride on him this year, he then jumped the BN at the Jays BS today, he had a pole but jumped well being his first course since October! He now heads to Isleham this weekend for his first 90,it’s a big ask but we hope he’s ready.
Smudge won the metre and the Newcomers at the Jays today, watch the video here.