Well I can't moan.. It was a serious weather turn around from Tweseldown. Dare I say it, a little too warm! However, all the horses and team coped incredibly well at Dauntsey in the heat and behaved impeccably as always (the horses that is)! Colin produced a score of 29 to kick off the runnings. He was as ever, a pleasure to ride. It is so rewarding to see a horse make such improvements! A lovely show jumping round to follow, with just the one pole, as well as a cracking cross country round, meant that we finished 4th in a hot Pre Novice section. Pardon the pun! Stan also excelled in the dressage phase, gaining a score of 26. A class double clear, despite the heat, meant that there was a 2nd place for the team. Big pats for Stan!
Guss wrapped the day up. He did a nice test with lots of pleasing elements, to gain a score of 34. Another cracking show jump round meant we had nothing to add to our score. Sadly, we had a little disagreement in the cross country phase and Guss decided it was far too hot to complete the whole course, so we parted ways a little earlier then the finish line. Alas, these things happen and we live to fight another day! Thank you to Dauntsey for putting on such a fabulous event and also coping with such adverse weather conditions. The ground was perfect and the volunteers were as jolly as ever, even if they were a little too hot!
There is nothing better then receiving a parcel in the post! Big thank you to my fabulous sponsor Laura Cohen Designs for the new personalised kit. From Argentinian polo belts to matching dog collars and headcollars, both myself and the 4 legged members of the team are now kitted out. Check out lauracohendesigns.co.uk and have a look at what is on offer. No matter what your colours are.. There is something for you!
Friday saw the team head for Boomerang, for a spot of cross country schooling! We had four horses on board; Guss (owned by myself), Colin (owned by Chris Gould), Stan (owned by Joan Bessex) and the new boy on the block, Star (owned by Karen Huyton). All the horses jumped brilliantly! The differences in their ways of going since the start of the season is massive. I owe a huge thank you to Holly Horton, Sam Churchill and Hermione Ellen Story for keeping the horses ticking over whilst I was teaching at VWH PC camp.