Brook competed at the Blue Chip Championships in the 90cm diamond final- which was my first time at these championships- we got into the jump off- and went fast enough just need more practice at this speed in keeping them up, we only had one down which is a very good achievement.
I competed for my 3rd year at the Royal Windsor Horse Show- although I won both previous yeas, this was the highest level I have competed before at this show and I took Trigger this year, who has never been in such an atmospheric arena, so was a big step up for him & I. We jumped the Foxhunter- finishing on only 8f. He took it all in his stride and jumped a lovely round!
Hickstead- We had a very good Hickstead- Trigger jumped double clear in the newcomers and had a placing 18th out of around 200 competitors.
Brook also jumped double clear a couple of days and had placings.
July- Hickstead- we went for the day for the main ring qualifiers- unfortunately both horses had poles, although brook was very on form with very fast times definitely enough to qualify if not a win, with the last fence down!
August- I gained a new ride- Mia- Grey mare 13yo, winnings in newcomers £300 notional winnings- jumped a couple of fox & 1.30 with previous owner, but been out of competitions for about 2 years, due to lack of time.
She's here to get fit and then compete so we look forwards to what she has in store!
Felbridge- First outing with Mia- Newcomers- first round clear- 8f jump off- only had her a couple of weeks so still getting to know her way of going, she got a bit tired and flat as still not that fit- but very positive for next run of shows with the clear first round.
We went again for the day for the main ring qualifiers- again both very unlucky! We also took Mia- who had only been out once a few weeks ago with me- she jumped the best of them all, clear in first round Newcomers- and I really went for it in the jump off as it was a qualifier- sure we had the fastest time, we did every turn and really opened up- just couldn't get her back enough for the last fence to finish on 4f, but what a positive for such a new horse, she hasn't been to hickstead before or jumped at a show of such atmosphere, didn't take any notice just got on with her job!
My 3rd show with Mia- Day 1- Newcomers double clear 27th out of 200 odd- qualified for grand prix final
Day 2- Foxhunter- 8f- she was a bit tired and switched off- not stayed away at a show in 6 years, but still jumped a nice round, considering we only jumped 3 newcomers previously in the last 2 years!
Day 3- 1.30 young riders- Big step up from 1.10- but she was awesome- finished on 4f- jumped every fence with a foot to spare- just couldn't get her back down a related distance but a big learning curve and getting together with her a lot now.
Last day- Newcomers final- didn't have quite enough control and lost her concentration down combination- so not our championship- but really got to know her now, so can go home and practice ready for our next outing!
This year, Tazmin has been the star. She jumped her first ever grand prix on fern- jumped treble clear and finished 5th, against adults and affiliated combinations. it started at 75cm and went up to about 90cm- the biggest she has ever jumped in competition, course was very fast and technical, including triple bar, water tray, wall.
She also jumped again at hickstead and finished about 9th out of 50!
recently been cash jumping also against affiliated combinations- jumped her first ever 90cm and came 2nd with double clear!