Another sunny morning to be out and about 🌞 all good ponies at Codham BS on Tuesday 🤩 it was Willy’s first BS show and actually only his second ever Showjumping show, baby mistakes and getting tired for two down BN, definitely done with a smile on his face though 😄
Teddy jumped well for 1 down both BN and Disc, Smudge had a double clear for 2nd ❤️
16.1 rising 4yo Black gelding ISH X WB by Cos Me Is Black. Lightly backed last year before being turned away again. Nice temperament. Full brother to successful young eventer. Currently turned away.
We had a great time at Poplar Park for an Arena Eventer trial today. Both 4yos did the 80, it was Bramble’s first ever jumping competition and Smokey’s first show full stop. Bramble jumped a fab double clear and Smokey just had the one down in the SJ but got better and better as the course went on, by the end of the XC phase he had really got the hang of it ♥️ Teddy did the 90 and jumped a foot perfect double clear 🤩 No results but all the ponies were super 🦄
Here’s Bramble and Wispa (we took him for Natalie) acting like proper pony club ponies 🦄
On Tuesday Teddy went BS at Codham Park. He jumped a super double clear in the British Novice and came 2nd, he then had a pole Discovery, he has come on from last year and if he doesn’t get sold we look forward to seeing what he can do over the winter and next season eventing.
Yesterday Rosie travelled to the home of the Grand National, sadly (for her) she wasn’t racing but showjumping at Aintree Equestrian Centre.
Smudge was super jumping a lovely clear in his warmup class to finish 9th before making the jumpoff of the British Novice Final.
22 horses made the jump off in total so with her fathers words “no one remembers 2nd” 😄 Rosie gave it her best shot unfortunately a pole fell halfway, despite slowing down after her 4 faults they still finished as the fastest 4.
Smudge was super and tried his heart out, especially since it was only a couple of days ago he was galloping through mud and water being an event horse!
Yesterday we had a very early start with Smudge at Little Downham, his dressage was 8.18am and we were all done before 10am!
Smudge did a nice dressage, he finds this phase difficult and he did try hard with just a few ‘wonky’ bits! 😂 33.5 was his score.
He followed it up with a double clear inside the time to finish on his dressage score which was good enough to sneak us a 10th placing! I thought it was a tough XC for his first BE100 and he made it feel easy.
This update starts with Smudge’s debut BE which was actually the end of August at Keysoe. He was super producing a very easy double clear to finish 7th 😀
September has been pretty busy, the first outing of the month was on the 1st with Willy’s first time Autumn Hunting, he was pretty good, a few more times and I’m hopeful he’ll add ‘perfect hunter’ to his ever expanding CV!
We then had a couple of weeks just having fun at home before Smudge, Rosie and her dad made the long journey to Chard Equestrian for a few days showjumping.
Smudge made the long trip worthwhile on their first day by finishing 2nd in his warmup class before WINNING the British Novice second round 🥳
He was such a star jumping a double clear with a fast time, with 16 in the jump off it was always going to be fast.
The next couple of days Smudge jumped very well but had a bit of four faultitis unfortunately.
Smudge then took a trip to Bury farm to see if we could add the Discovery final to his British Novice ticket, unfortunately the four faultitis continued.
We then had a change of scenery and visited Poplar Park with Smudge and Willy for the Easton Harriers PC ode, both horses moved up a level with Willy in the 90 and Smudge doing his first 100.
They were both super producing more easy double clears as well as 4th and 2nd place respectively ❤️
Just a couple of days later Rosie managed to get 2 4yos (including Willy) out for a couple of hours Autumn Hunting each. Willy was a fidget to start but super by the end, including doing some hedge hopping.
Rosie also took the new Supercob Bramble, he too is only 4 and it was his first experience of hounds, he was great and thoroughly enjoyed himself.
Onto October and we’re due to start with a bang, another BE outing due this weekend ☔