Smudge had his first proper go XC schooling today, he was a very good boy, Rosie just has to remind herself he’s still a baby that actually hasn’t done very much at all 😊
Today Smudge got his last double clear Newcomers (5th) qualifying him for the second rounds, we’ll see if Rosie feels he’s ready to compete in a second round this year as they are BIG… Nice to qualify nonetheless 😊 This was his 11th Double Clear BS in a row which we think is pretty impressive ❤️
Despite it only being a month since Smudge jumped his first Newcomers Rosie decided to jump his first Foxhunter, they made a couple of mistakes but Rosie says she didn’t feel she rode very well and definitely needs more practice round courses this height as its been a long time since she last had a horse to jump at this level. Smudge impressed her and jumped confidently so on to the next one!
Smudge went to his first ever dressage show on Thursday, he was a very good boy scoring 65% in his first test with a slightly tense test but a much improved less ‘on edge’ test next time scored 68%, both scores were good enough for 2nd in each class 😊
Smudge continued with his double clear machine status by jumping double clear Discovery and Newcomers again at Barleylands, finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively 🌟
Mission accomplished… Having qualified for the Bluechip Novice Championship with Smudge in December we thought we’d see if we could qualify for the Discovery too, so off we went to Keysoe on Saturday, obviously everyone had the same idea since we didn’t leave til gone 6pm and they still had 2 classes to go!
With 45 starters and 23 getting through to the jump off Rosie decided there was only one thing for it, Smudge got his wings out again and they flew to the win! 🌟
A bit more waiting and Rosie’s superstar jumped yet another double clear, this time in the Newcomers for 4th.
#Smudge #superstar #profitableday
Written before the New Year…
As I sit down to watch the racing surrounded by delicious leftovers I think about how the lovely Smudge (along with a few others) has helped move 2019 from the realms of ‘nightmare’ into a pretty successful one (6 double clears, 2 wins, 2 x 2nds, a 3rd and a 4th in his last 3 shows, not including his win at the RC winter areas, all SJ) and I can’t wait for 2020!
To start the year (2019) we had the brilliant arrival of my second (and last, thank god!) little girl Bridget, good start but of course that came with a lack of riding and competing which is never good, it was just 4 days after her birth I was back in the saddle of #FabulousFlame and everything got going again nicely with a couple of placings BE in the next few months.
The sale of Flame slowed me down again and bar having a couple of youngsters to ride at home I had to wait for the arrival of Risky from Ireland to get out competing again, a 6yo with no eventing experience he soon became a XC machine and finished with a couple of clears at 100. After an intense few months ‘learning the ropes’ he’s gone out on holiday.
In the middle of all that we had the very sad diagnosis and loss of my Grandmother Nancy to Cancer, she had always been my absolute number 1 supporter and we all miss her hugely. I’m thankful that it was quick, and that I managed to find the time to do a swim raising money for one of the super Cancer charities that helped us, with all your help we raised over £2500 for Macmillan so thankyou for that, I even got a limited edition towel for being one of the top fundraisers (swimming) in the country! 👍
Just as Risky went out on his holidays I was lucky enough to acquire Smudge owned by Chandra Goode and he has so far been nothing but brilliant. Then our homebred Willy got going and he too has been superb although only coming 4 so we have a long way to go but next year is suddenly a very exciting prospect. Thankyou 2019 for being another memorable year, and for the not so good times all we can do is look for the positives and move on, only taking the best memories with us.
Here’s to a successful, fun and positive 2020!🥂🍾🍻🏵 We already have a couple of nice ones booked in to find their new homes in the next few days, keep your eyes peeled for your late Christmas present or New Year surprise! 👀
Not only did Smudge win the Discovery todayat Anvil Park Stud and get his last double clear but he also won his first Newcomers with another double clear! Like Christmas come early with his winnings! 😄 👏🤩 Brilliant way to finish the year with a double win 💕
Smudge was fab again today jumping two double clears for 2nd and 4th in the BN and Discovery, also qualifying for the Bluechip Voltair Novice Championship 👍
On Wednesday we took Willy (homebred) and Smudge to Elms Farm, it was Willy’s first ever outing and Smudge came just because his show was cancelled the previous week. Willy couldn’t have been any better, being just broken and only 3 he was there just for the experience of going away from home more than anything. Smudge jumped round a couple of courses with a few of the fences ending around 1.20, Rosie has a good feeling about this 5yo.
Pre New Year warning… From 1st of January 2020 our livery prices will be rising. We know our yard isn’t the smartest, our stable doors are mostly still original (Rosie’s) Grandad built ones from the 70’s and there are plenty of cows, tractors, dogs, cats and children for the horses to contend with, we think this is a good thing but not always ideal hence we are still one of the cheapest schooling, sales, competing liveries around… We are currently having a break and will be back Friday (13.12.19) with a new sales livery arriving Saturday so keep your eyes peeled if you’re on the look out for your next best friend.
*price rise of £10 per week.
Smudge answered all the questions to win the 90 with a treble clear and by 4 seconds no less, luckily he’s a fast learner (he learnt about tight turns in the collecting ring just before he went in!)⚡on top of that the team won too qualifying for the championships at Bury Farm next April #goodSmudge 🌟
Yesterday Smudge did the RC Arena Eventing and was a very good baby pony, just one down in XC section trying so hard to clear it, which he did but knocked the wing! 🙈Photo evidence…
We all thought the event season was over… But on Sunday we had a long but fun day at Keysoe arena eventing, all 3 parts on a surface but the XC did include a step, water, and ditch, not to mention plenty of skinnies!
Smudge was thrown in at the deep end having never been XC schooling and it was his first time inside the white boards too. He took it all in his stride for a 33, 1 down and clear XC to finish 6th in his 90 section👍
Teddy did a lovely test for a 31, 1 down then towed me round the XC clear, he definitely knows what that bit is about now! He was 4th in the other 90 section 🌟
It was a day for the greys as Natalie came along with Wispa and finished 10th.
Bluebell came as companion so we had 4 greys on board and what a good job they all did too! 😊
On Tuesday Rosie took Smudge to Anvil Park for their first competition together, he couldn’t have been any better jumping double clear in both the British Novice and the Discovery for a 3rd and 2nd place.
Teddy also went having a pole in both classes but his second round was much improved.
Good ponies 😊
I’m clearly not meant to go to Norton Disney, this was the fourth time I’ve been entered…
Attempt 1 lame horse
Attempt 2 my own bad back
Attempt 3 Abandoned frozen
Attempt 4 (tomorrow) Abandoned wet
Chandra had just arrived at her stopover stable with Teddy, and Katie (babysitter) was halfway here from Wales!
Always a silver lining… No early start, Chandra gets to spend the evening with friends, Katie will get taken out for lunch and I get to dress Eliza as a Witch for her last day at preschool before half term! 😄I’m sure you all know what I’d rather be doing!
And just like that the seasons over!
A late start to it due to Bridget’s arrival mid Feb but a 2nd at Horseheath in April wasn’t a bad start! #FabulousFlame followed that up with another placing in May before she was Sold 😭. A few months followed without a horse to compete 🤷♀️ #notlikeme Then came the arrival of Risky and Teddy from Ireland, both begun their Eventing careers well but we’re hopeful there’s still more to come.
Just this week 5yo Smudge has arrived with next season in mind if not sold before then 🙄😄
Willy (homebred), 3yo is about to be broken and Ripple (smaller 3yo) will be broken next year.
So next season is already looking like a busy one, and winter too… Can’t wait!