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 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.
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.
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! 🍦😋