I was having a bit of a problem with our studs at this event, for some reason, they just wouldn't stay in. We came out of dressage with 3 in.... and after trying to put another one in before show jumping, we could see that the holes were just far too big, the studs would just pop into the holes without any problems, not even going in the threads!! so off we went to show jump the most twisty course was have seen this year with 3 studs, not ideal to say the least.
After watching a couple of people jump and most of them get time faults I knew I was going to have to get kicking on round those corners as much as we could without slipping. Twizzy was giving everything masses of air and making it all feel super easy.
Being a bit careful of the stud issue as well as the time I cut a bit to close to the last double and didn't quite have enough oomph to get over it, so we hit the back pole of the spread going in. All in all I was pleased with our round and we didn't slip once.
After our good run at Shelford I was really hoping to put in another good performance at Prestwold. We weren't on as early in the day and I was so pleased to see that it was sunny as last year it had been a very wet morning when we were on.
Twizzy did a lovely dressage test, there was a little error from me at the end, but I felt it was a good test. Sadly the judge didn't quite agree and we scored a rather harsh 38! one of the highest marks we have had all year. There wasn't really anything in her comments that showed what we needed to work on, so maybe she just wasn't that keen on greys..... who knows!
So after having our pole and knowing that Twizzy goes better XC when I attack everything I was on a bit of a mission to go as fast as we could. The time was tight, and only one person got the time all day!
As you know, Twizzy and I are not the fastest by far, but we do keep trying very hard. As soon as we got out the start box we got into a rhythm very quickly (course pictures can be found here all apart from the last fence) Twizzy was find the course very easy and the first question came at 6, a palisade on the top of a bank followed by a angled brush fence, when we walked the course on Saturday I had planned that I would jump the palisade then run down the bank to the right a bit and get straight for the brush, as soon as I got over the first part Twizzy had already eyed up the brush, so I just kicked on and stayed straight and she flew over it no bother. The log after the water had been causing a few problems earlier in the day, but Twizzy was fine here and flew over the next two fences. We had no problems at the very horrid coffin and was soon galloping towards the latter part of the course. The dog kennels this year rode so much nicer than the year before and Twizzy made them feel easy, up the steps to a roll top, and then a couple of easy questions before the next off set brush, I held my line and Twizzy didn't budge, I kicked on as soon as we landed to get to the last fence as quick as we could to come home with 10 times faults, one of the quickest in our section!!!
We have a bit of a break now before we are out again.
Mum and Charlie and going to Keysoe next weekend followed by Frickley and then Twizzy and I are doing the UA at Solihull on the 14th September and then we might go back to Allerton at the end of September before Little Downham and Oasby in October to finish.