Unfortunately not the fairy-tail end of the year we'd hoped for at Broadway last week.. Joey came out feeling on absolutely top form but I was feeling really under the weather all day and just wasn't able to contain his exuberance in the dressage or SJ (he was jumping the moon but I wasn't able to get him back properly) so ended up withdrawing before XC so not to risk injury for either of us!
It has been a hell of a year with some serious ups and downs - from the highs of going double clear at our first 3 events of the year, with our first Novice placing and completing our first international, to the arrival of Eddie, to the lows of finding Joey impailed on a post and rail fence, and me ending up on crutches. Eventually we came back double clear at Novice and 2nd at Wilton, though my two-month summer internship meant our partnership drifted apart as a result - though finally everything seemed to be clicking into place again a couple of weeks ago with a 24 dressage and double clear at Dauntsey! Shame we couldn't continue that high at Broadway, but I am so excited to come out stronger next year and to hopefully achieve some of those aims that have been put on hold in 2017.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us this year and for those of you who have been there on the good and bad days - especially my amazing parents for giving up endless amounts of time to support this crazy hobby!
Included a selection of pics (don't look at the last one if you are squeamish!!!)
What a day! Towed in and out of the bog at Dauntsey in the worst conditions I've ever seen - such amazing effort from the team there to keep the event going ahead! Joey was HC in the BE100 so we were just there for a nice quiet run as we haven't been out in a while, and he pulled out a stunning 24.5 dressage test to lead by 5 marks, then followed it up with a double clear! Cannot fault this horse - he gave his absolute all today and tried his heart out - so pleased 💙
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After 3 great runs in a row we came crashing down to reality (quite literally at the first fence) at West Wilts! After the exhaust on our lorry broke en route it took us nearly 5 hours to get there and we were all a bit drained/I left my brain somewhere back down the M4! Forgot my dressage test, saw the world's worst stride at the first fence SJ and fell off, and after a brilliant XC round a track causing so many issues Joey unfortunately went very green at the water just 2 fences from home!! A bit of a shocker on paper but we've put it behind us and after some water schooling and a fun jump at home Joey is feeling fab and ready for his next outing. Hopefully we can redeem ourselves next week 😂 Onwards and upwards!
Fab couple of weeks eventing - so great to have Joey feeling his happy self again since his accident and I feel our partnership has really strengthened in the process. Last weekend we headed to Wilton BE100plus where Joey finished 2nd ending on his 30.3 dressage in a huge section and pouring rain! Today we headed to Smiths Lawn Horse Trials BENovice where he produced another smart test with some silly rider errors for a 35, followed by a lovely double clear! See below for a little video from Smiths Lawn today :)
The boys celebrating after a fab day out at Dauntsey 😁 So happy with Joey and really feel like we're rebuilding our partnership since his accident; I chatted to him the whole way round the XC course and whenever there was a tricky jump he just got better and better! 😇 Definitely a big step closer to having my confident little superstar back! Onwards to Wilton next weekend!!
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Finally made it back out eventing!! A nice dressage and a beautiful clear SJ round the Novice at Tweseldown, though forgetting both the apple juice and electrolytes meant Joey was quite dehydrated and the heat really got to him during the long hilly course; he just wasn't feeling his usual energetic self so we ended up retiring. Still really pleased with him, especially given that this was his first run since April - just a shame to not get the double clear and top 5 finish he deserved. Fingers crossed for some rain before Dauntsey next week!