It was the first event of the season at Poplar on Saturday as Isleham was cancelled the week before due to the snow! And the ponies just keep on surprising us, especially Dennis as we already know how brilliant Flame is!
Both did lovely dressage tests and followed them up with foot perfect double clears BE90! Flames XC was super considering it was her first ever round of XC and she couldn’t have been any better.
As for Dennis he showjumped like a demon and took the same approach for the XC, he just loves it, someone described him as Super Cob, and we think that’s exactly what he is! On top of the fantastical double clears they only went and finished 2nd (Dennis) and 7th (Flame) from giant sections of 40! Pic of the #Supercob
Rosie can’t wait for the next one and big thank you to Poplar Park for working so hard to keep the show on road despite the recent wet weather #BE#FabulousFlame
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.
First time BS outdoors of the year and the Chestnut beasts were on form again! Flame got her last double clear BN to qualify for 2nd rounds, also coming 3rd! She jumped super in the Discovery for an unlucky pole. Jerry jumped a foot perfect double clear for 2nd in the Discovery before jumping clear in his first attempt at a 1.05!
So nice to be able to travel alone to a show and do everything from warm up to swap them round on the lorry without a problem with no help other than Charlie (shetland) for company! Super easy 5yo’s
Jerry and Flame had another outing to Wix for some BS on Sunday 11th Feb, as did a lot of people so we were very pleased with 2nd and 3rd in the BN from a big class, both jumped easy double clears meaning Jerry has now qualified for 2nd rounds and Flame has jumped 3 from 3 d/c’s.
One down for each in the Discovery, both jumping well!
First time at The Jays this year was a successful one. Arena eventing with a water splash, Jerry and Flame jumped clear round the course of 14 jumps plus the water in the 90, both then had one down in the metre, one down from 28 jumps each can’t be bad!
Just a bonus Flame winning the 90 with Jerry 3rd in both classes, then Flame 4th in metre.
A visit to Wix this morning for some BS resulted in both the ginger ponies jumping double clear British Novice, Jerry finished 3rd and Flame 5th, possibly the best round either horse has ever jumped
Jerry had a couple down Discovery but again jumped great and he’s really improving all the time, exciting us more and more by the day this one. Flame jumped her first Discovery for just 1 down, so much love for both these super genuine straightforward horses.
We were joined later on for the trainee groom to walk flame off!!
Sunday was a day of firsts…
– First competition of 2018 for us.
– Flames first ever dressage test.
– Flames first ever ‘event’.
– Jerry’s first competition after his break.
– Flame finished in first place!
We took a trip to the freezing cold but very sunny Keysoe for some Arena eventing on Sunday! Flame was on fire 😉 she lead the dressage despite it being her first time between the white boards. An easy showjumping clear and then jumped a green but lovely clear XC round. One showjumping time fault (sack the jockey) wasn’t enough to give away her lead, what a superstar!
Then we have Jerry who was dragged in from the field only on Tuesday having been turned away for a couple of months, apart from the Jerry eating flowers at the side of the dressage arena he was also a very good boy, another double clear and 3rd place.
Great to be out competing again and even better to have a winning start to the year! 😀
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…