Jimmys debut event
On Sunday we took Jimmy to his first ever outing at Elms Farm. It is one of the friendliest venues around us, and for once it was actually pleasant, weather wise up on that hill.
We had Jimmy entered in the 75cm combined training class and then depending on how he jumped in that we would see if we were going to jump him again in the 85cm class.
After a good bath on Saturday we managed to turn a very muddy chappy into what looked a little bit more horse like and grey :) and we think he looks rather dapper in plaits :D
Apart from Jimmy having his back up a little bit when we first started trotting round the warm up, he soon settled down and it was like he had been going to pony parties for years.
His canter has been coming on in leaps and bounds at home, so I was very pleased when he picked up canter in the same fashion here. The dressage was taking place in the indoor arena and apart from a little spook at the light shining on the floor, he wasn't too bothered about leaving his new found friends and going into the big scary shed.
He did a lovely dressage test, we got canter, and he kept the canter going. I think it did help with the test being inside as he could use the sides to help him balance, and apart from my little rider error in the walk, we did great.
He scored .....70%!! his first ever test, which im so proud about, this left him in 3rd place from 11 starters after the dressage.
On to the show jumping. Jimmy warmed up great, he didn't touch a pole, which in hindsight, I think is a bad thing, he really needs to bang one rather hard to remind him to pick his little legs up over the top of them.
The main aim was to leave more fences up than what we had down, and to be fair to him, this is what he managed.
We had 3 down, so not the most successful round in the world.
As there was show jumping on anyway at Elms Farm we entered him into the 85cm. Mum said to get in a better rhythm and to try and not push him out of it at any point. We went MUCH better. We had the first fence down, but everything else stayed in its place, so I think and hope that he learnt from his first round, and that wacking poles isn't the best idea. Iv included both of the videos so hopefully you can see the improvement that we made between rounds.
Jimmy was 6th in his combined training class, so he has got his very first rosette :D
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