More outings 20.8.20

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.

Smudge
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Keysoe ode 26.7.20

Both boys went to Keysoe, Willy was competing in his second one day event and it was Smudge’s first time. 

Both horses completed their dressage without any big blips, although not perfect tests we were pleased that neither horse showed much aversion to the judges boxes at Keysoe 😊

Willy scored 33.5 and jumped another double clear for 4th.

Willy

Smudge scored 33 and also jumped double clear for 5th.

Smudge

Willy will now have a bit of a break since he’s only 4, he may do a little more in another month or so then he will be turned away properly until after Christmas ❤️

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Lots of outings

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.

Hunt Fun Ride

A couple of our 3yos have been in and started the breaking process, they are now being ridden away. 

Mo (Willy’s full brother)

Chandra Goodes 4yo Smokey has been for a stay and learnt to jump 👍

Smokey

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!🥇🥇

Willy first show

We then had a brilliant day XC schooling at Stratford hills with Smudge, Willy and Smokey! 

Stratford Hills XC schooling

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 👌😍

Willy

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! 🤩

Smudge

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 🥰

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XC schooling 8.6.20

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 👍

Smudge
Willy
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Keysoe BS 7.3.20

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 ❤️

Smudge
Smudge
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Jays BS 4.3.20

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 🌟

Smudge

 

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Hunting 3.3.20

Yesterday Robin and Hamlet (both for sale) had their first taste of hunting and were very well behaved, sure to make super smart hunt horses in the future. 

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Isleham BE 29.2.20

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
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Jays BS 26.2.20

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

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Arena hire 18.2.20

Yesterday we took Smudge and Willy to Stoke by Clare equestrian to school in the indoor, as Willy had never been indoors before and a schooling outing is good for Smudge. 

They both behaved perfectly and did some lovely work. 

Willy – homebred 4yo
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Keysoe 5.2.20

Today we had a trip to Keysoe for some BS before going XC schooling with Smudge. 

He was super, jumping double clear to come 4th in the Discovery, one down Newcomers but then absolutely loved it XC where he was super having improved from just last week even ❤️

Video

Smudge
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