On Monday 24th July Rosie took Jerry and new boy Rocky to have a quick school XC at Littles whilest EEHPC camp is on. Jerry mainly went just to trot through the water as a reminder since he was doing his first event the following weekend, he was fab and trotted straight through.
Rocky is a registered connemara 4yo, he has not long been broken but as Rosie was going anyway she thought she’d take him along to pop through the water etc, he was fab, jumping ditches, going through the water, everything.
Dennis also came for a pop through the water and also quick spin round the showjumps before his first event at the weekend too. He was also great.
A trip to Codham Park on Tuesday with Jerry who was a star jumping clear in the clear round, much improved from last time He then had a wander through Codham’s water, such a cool dude.
Stantheman was jumping out his skin for a fab double clear 1.10. Then the 1.15 was eventful! Jumping in torrential rain we don’t know if any of the other entries jumped! As soon as he finished the rain slowed and they went back in to jump clear!
Rosie has been having regular flatwork lessons with Elaine Forge, Stan’s next test includes shoulder in and simple changes on the centre line, these are both things Rosie and Stan struggle with a little, shoulder in because it’s still quite new to Stan and simple changes because his canter is quite big and being on the centre line makes it harder, plus following a medium canter makes it even tougher to get his canter small.
These are the things they worked on yesterday, Elaine is away next week before Stan’s next event but Rosie now knows exactly what to concentrate on.
Today Jerry (homebred 4yo) went to Ely Eventing Centre for his first proper go at XC schooling, he was great, Rosie said “it’s so rewarding when you’ve done them from the very start, even better when you bred them!”
Dennis (owned by Chandra) also went for a bit of schooling, he was fab too, fingers crossed he’ll get out Eventing this season.
A long day at Wix EC with Jerry and Buddy. We did the dressage (first ever competition for both). Very well behaved despite neither having seen white boards before and Jerry had never been indoors. Jerry was 3rd and 4th. Buddy was 7th.
They then jumped round a showjumping course on grass and did some XC schooling. They experienced all three phases of eventing for the first time ever, all in one day. Dressage boards, SJ on grass and XC! Good ponies!
Jerry (homebred 4yo) went to his first ‘grown up’ show today to jump the clear round, he had a few poles in his first round but then jumped clear! Not yet been 3 months since he was first sat on! Most genuine lovely young horse.
Having always broken in her own horses for as long as she can remember Rosie decided to give herself a bit more time to concentrate on the ones already going and sent Clover (Homebred 3yo) away to be started whilst she was away last week. Thank you very much to Rikki and Claire Gradley for doing a lovely job with Clover, she was picked up and has had a few days work here before she will be turned away to get some good grass and do some more growing. Exciting one for next year 🙂
On thursday Stan had some more dressage training at Chandra’s (Rosie’s Godmother), Stan was great and Jerry came along for another outing too, he was also very well behaved.
Since we were at Chandra’s, Rosie gave her horse Dennis a jump too. Dennis came to stay with Rosie a couple of years ago to get some jumping experience, since then he has been concentrating on his dressage and hasn’t jumped until Thursday when Rosie had another ride. He was a very good boy and you never know, he might be eventing by the end of the season!
Stan and Rosie had a great flatwork lesson on Friday with Elaine Forge, it was mostly concentrating on getting Rosie back into dressage mode, Rosie said it was a very beneficial lesson and she could feel a real improvement in her position, aids and therefore the way Stan was going.
Jerry also went along for his first outing, he went in the field and popped a few little XC fences that were there, very good boy.