They all did two classes each. It was their first ever show for Dixie, Valco, Bella and Fern.
We took Bella, Valco & Fern to their 2nd ever show. We hacked there so they were all quite tired.
Valco did two classes.
Bella & Fern did one.
Lilly did 2 jumping.
We took Lilly, Valco and Bella.
Lilly won the M&M rideen!! & came 3rd in the 60cm & 2nd in the 70cm! Two lovely double clears.
Bella was her 3rd ever show and she jumped the 70cm & 80cm and jumped a lovely double clear in the 70cm and came 3rd and clear again in the 80 and was 4th.
Valco his 3rd ever jumping show and 4th show in all jumped the 85 & 90cm class and a lovely double clear and 1st in the 85cm and 2nd in the 90cm with just one down in first round & jump off!
We decided to go to the amateur 2nd rounds on way home from Hickstead, although the horses were quite tired but there are no other local qualifiers so it would have meant having to travel miles if we didnt go and the dates also clashed with other away show we were going to!
Brook & Trigger both qualfied for the 1m & 1.10 but i didnt think Trigger would cope with one class let alone two, so he just did the 1m.
He was very sloppy in the warm up and nocked a lot down which he never does in the warm up but went in and jumped a lovely double clear and came 10th the top 12 qualify so he was safe!! really pleased with him considering how tired he was.
Brook had a pole in the 1m just didnt bother at all, after jumping 1.10 the day before!
She jumped much better in the 1.10 and there was only 6 clears in the first round which meant she had already qualified without doing anything in the jump off so i just went steady to save her for Arena uk next week, she went double clear and came 3rd!
Brook jumped a lovely double clear in the 1m & did every turn possible, but was a bit slow as she had no studs in 1 hind and 1 in the other and the same in front, so i had to be a bit careful as she was slipping a lot! They annouced she was into 3rd place in at time of 34 seconds infront of my friend who was a couple of places down and there was only 60 more to go, so we hoped that she wouldnt move down that much as the top 12 qualify for the main arena. When the results were announced my friend was in front of me, and i still hadnt been called out which we thought was strange so after looking at the results she was 24th/160 in a time of 40 seconds. It was all a bit mixed up but the judges were confident they had made a mistake and i was never in 3rd on 34 seconds, but never mind!
Trigger had 4 faults in the first phase jumped really well!
Brook then went into the 1.10 amateur and had 4 fualts on a down hill double away from the gate, i set her up on her hocks then she decided she would nap to the gap so i had to send her on a tiny bit so she took it out in front!
Trigger jumped a lovey double clear in the 1m but didnt go fast enough to qualify as i didnt want to risk a pole! He came 29th/190!!
Brook had 1 down in the 1.10 amateur, just very lazy!
Trigger jumped the newcomers which was quite up to height and just had 1 down in the last part of the combination, but he was extrmely tired as the rings at Hickstead are massive, he felt exhausted like i had to lift him over every fence!
Brook jumped the 1.20 which is only both her and i second time at this height! She jumped really good and clear into the jump off then just had an unlucky stop at the double, was going a bit fast and she likes to check out doubles/combinations but she didnt touch a pole so i was really pelased!
Brook & Trigger both qualified for the championships at Scope festival 2012. Brook qualified for 3 classes the British Novice Finals, Katherine James & 1.05. trigger qualified for 2 the Katherine James and 1.05.
To qualify for the British Novice Finals you have to get 4 double clears throughout the year in that class, that then enables you to do the regional finals which you are only allowed to do twice. There are 3 rounds in the regional finals and you have to go treble clear to qualify or be in the top 2! British noivce is usually 90cm, the regionals start at 1.05 and go up to 1.15/1.20 so its a big step up & hard to qualify for! Brook was treble clear and 2nd in the regionals earlier in the year so qualified easily.
The championships at Scope are held in the main championship arena which is indoors and very scary! Brook jumped clear in the first round, then had the 2nd to last fence down in the 2nd round which was really unlucky as she barely touched it, delayed drop after she landed!
The other 2 qualifer you have to be in the top 6 to qualify then you have to qualify again at Scope to get into the championship arena, the top 12 qualfiy for this.
Trigger jumped first in the Katherine James qualifier, which was very boggy ground in front of each fence and many horses were getting stuck on take off and having a lot of poles/stops. He had 2 down but considering the conditions i was pleased with how he went.
After the British Novice championships Brook had to go outside on the grass for the KJ qualifier, but after jumping trigger round it and seeing how many disasters there were because of the ground and knowing how much Brook doesnt like or ever go well on that type of ground, I said to mum I wont jump her and she had done enough for the day after the british noice. Mum then said but the ground is only going to get worse we are forecast more rain, so you might aswell jump her before it gets any worse. So I agreed but didnt hold much hope! She went in jumped a lovely double clear and won it!! Qualifying for the championships.
Torrential rain and flooding meant the 2nd KJ qualifer had to be postponed and moved to the indoor championship arena, but due to the busy schedule in there it meant that the only time free in there was Midnight- 6am! There were just short of 200 in that class so it had to run all through the night. I wasnt very lucky and was drawn right near the end and had to jump at 4am & 5am! We couldnt go to sleep either as the class started at 12.30 so by the time i had walked the course and watched a few it was nearly time to go and get ready. I didnt know what the horses were going to make of getting up at that time aswell as it being in the championship arena which is extremely spooky!
Trigger took most of it in his stride and just had a couple down in the jump off, but it was good experience for him to go into something like that.
Brook after having been in there once i thought would be really bold, but in actual fact was even spookier than the first time she went in! She Jumped double clear and came 4th! but was very lucky not to get a hesitation at one of the fences!
We were all really tired after staying up all night- but Brook had the Champihsiohs for the Katherine James! She jumped clear in the first round. She had a really unlucky fence down in the jump off again barely touched it and it rolled late! But she was the fastest 4 faulter and there was only 4 clears so she came 5th!!
We then had to go back outside to jump the 1.05 1st qualifier. Trigger jumped really well and just had the last fence down!! Brook had had enough after jumping quite a lot over the last few days and a late night and slid through the double! but jumped lovely clear after!
After that we decided to come home 2 days early as Brook felt tired and if she qualfied in the 2nd qualifer on day 5 she would have the championships the next day with no day off to rest and i didnt want to upset her after she had some good results, aswell as having Hickstead coming up in a few days time i thought i should save them both for that!
Very good show thought with great expericne and results! 1st, 4th & 5th!