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 😊
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.
Teddy and Risky had a jump with Sue Harris. Both boys were good and just so much fun to work with 😊 #toesuptuesday
They only need a picture each to show how well they went today…
Yesterday we took Risky and Teddy to Stratford Hills for some more XC schooling, they were both fab 😁.
Teddy had learnt from his first XC school last week and went straight in the water, he was great with ditches as well.
Risky was superb jumping a number of Novice combinations, although he has never been XC competitively Rosie says she hasn’t ridden a horse XC for a long time that gives her the sort of feeling Risky does.
Both horse just need work and practice on their lines and straightness and we’ll be well away.
It was great to get out competing again Thursday, I took Risky to dressage at Wix, Chandra also bought Teddy for me to ride. Risky and Teddy came over on the same lorry from Ireland just a few weeks ago. Risky is a 6yo and Teddy 5. Neither had ever done a dressage test before.
Teddy showed himself to be a bit of a dressage diva already with 2 +70% scores gaining a win and a 2nd! Risky was slightly too chilled out and Rosie needed quite a bit of leg! He did a sweet test for 3rd, Rosie then looked at the comments and tried to ride the next test how the judge seemed to want her too, however it didn’t work and they got a worse score! 😂
After their dressage tests Rosie and Chandra took the horses for a XC school at Wix, the plan was for Chandra on Teddy to follow Rosie and Risky through the water, Teddy was not keen and eventually after a quick swap round Rosie persuaded Teddy to splash through! She also popped some fences and the ditch on him. Risky did the same and was a very good boy.
On Wednesday Flame went to Stratford Hills for some XC schooling, she couldn’t have been any better and even jumped plenty of Novice questions.
Incredible amount of love for this horse, no she hasn’t done anything out of the ordinary but we took a trip to Little Downham for some BE XC schooling with Tina Ure, for a start she is so lovely to take out on my own.
In our group the oldest horse was a lovely 26yo ex 2** horse, the youngest was my lovely 5yo Flame who was super, even popping the odd Novice fence, feeling ready to upgrade to 100 in the near future.
The temperature read 37oC as I left so we had to stop for an ice cream on our way home! 🍦😋
Flame had a great lesson with Sue Harris, this was the only photo chief photographer/babysitter took, we’ll let her off since she was a bit pre-occupied chasing the menage eating, hole digging monster away from the jumps! Yes that could mean the toddler or the Jack Russell, it was certainly both at one point! 😄
Some lessons with Sue Harris Thursday morning, Clover (homebred 4yo) has come on so much in the last few weeks managing to put together a whole course in our little school. Flame was just fantastic, Socks who is here for a few weeks also had a jump and was a very good boy.
On Sunday 18th Feb we had our first bit of XC schooling this year, it turned into a lovely day to be at Horseheath, even if it did start out a bit foggy! Flame was a superstar, despite only ever having done very little XC schooling (once) she was fab!!
Then there’s Dennis… he hadn’t jumped a single twig, neither had Rosie sat on him since Little Downham at the end of September last year! He had a break over Christmas and then has done a bit of flatwork and hacking at home since, he was brill having forgotten nothing!
Natalie also came along with Wispa who was also a very good boy and they hope to have a go at some BE in the spring.
Homebred rising 4yo Clover had her first outing away from home on Thursday 15th Feb, a trip to Finchingfield EC where she also had her first taste of XC with some arena XC fences, even learnt about skinnies! Such a good girl.
Fantastic jumping sessions with Sue Harris this morning, Sue met Clover (homebred 4yo) for the first time who jumped through her first double, Flame (5yo) was her usual brilliant self, just gets better and better and look at that back end on Jerry (homebred 5yo)!
Clover – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtY3emcsldQ
Flame – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ph7864VUOE&feature=youtu.be
On the last day of 2017 Rosie had some training with International Showjumper Michael Potter on Flame. Rosie also had a good catch up with old school friend and Mike’s equally talented wife, Zoe Potter (Adams) for whom she was bridesmaid earlier in the year just 3 weeks after Eliza was born which certainly helped to get her back in the swing of things!
It was lovely to end the year with a super horse and some interesting feedback from a different set of eyes on the ground, unfortunately they are based in Nottinghamshire so this is unlikely to be a regular thing but always good to get a new perspective and some more Flame fans! 😀
Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2018…
Rosie did some training with Sue on tuesday 7th November with all the ponies jumping really well. Rosie says Paddy is great to work with as he’s always improving. The three 4yo’s had their last sessions with Sue before their break and all of them were fab. Jerry, Flame and Billy 🙂