It's been a crazy few weeks at Tom Grant Eventing. Firstly, we headed to Moreton Morrell. We only took Nolton Tigermouth, which gave me a real chance to focus on just him. He produced a 37 dressage, being quite inconsistent in the contact throughout the test. He then followed with 2 down showjumping, one purely down to being clumsy and one tight behind. However, as ever, he produced a faultless cross country round! We need to re think the way in which we work him in for the dressage. With him being such a big horse, its important to engage his brain and keep him focused on the job in hand. We need to create suppleness and softness through the back and neck to make for a more harmonious picture.
The show jumping requires some homework too. Again, being the size he is and a bit slow in the brain he needs to sit back and think about what he is doing. Brave and big hearted, but just needs to listen and sit on his bottom when asked!! He flew around the xc like an absolute machine. There were new questions in today's course and he took everything in his stride. He is such an incredibly brave and sensible horse! All in all a good day at the office.
I was lucky enough to watch many friends and amazing riders at Badminton too, which had warmer weather then Ibiza! I spent part of the weekend watching with Hannah Francis, supporting Ben Hobday and Willberry as they completed a fantastic double clear. Hopefully Mavisberry and I will be able to do the same one year!
Along with some very wet schooling, seeing as the Spanish weather didn't last too long, I we then headed to Millfield Horse Trials. Millfield is such a lovely event. From the courses, to volunteers and even the food stands, its got it all for an event at that level!It was Stans first event. He was very harshly marked in his dressage, receiving an underserving mark, but he did me proud so that's that main thing! He had on pole and one very green stop showjumping, purely because he was too busy gazing at people walking by, leaving it too late to clock the fence! He then settled beautifully and finished in a very mature manner. Dickie was super, producing a 25 dressage, followed by a double clear. He would have been 2nd if we weren't competing HC (and may have won if I didn't get 4.8 for going too fast)!
We had a fantastic day at Brean beach this week with Alicia Hawker Eventing and Team Francis Eventing. It was so lovely to have a canter along the beach with good friends in great weather! It was also perfect prep for Mount Ballan.
Nolton Tigermoth (Hunter) headed to Mount Ballan for Novice class. Since our last event, I really tried to work on our dressage and create new techniques to use in the warm up to keep him calm and concentrated. It's always rewarding to see hard work paying off, gaining a score of 27. The show jumping is still our weakest phase, but we still have lots we can focus on to make sure we get the clear rounds needed. With the two poles down and yet again, a foot perfect clear, Hunter finished in 7th place im a hot section. This horse never fails to put a smile on my face throughout all three phases- everyone loves a trier!
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