‘Success isn’t about winning! It’s about going out, doing your best
& learning from every experience’
I could right this report based on the quote from above, why we didn’t
win, what we did to our best and what we learnt from Belton, but then it wouldn’t be the normal style of report your all used to, so we shall start from the beginning as it’s always nice to look back and reflect on things, once they have sunk in.
Belton always equals early start times, for the past 3 years I have always been the 1st or the 2nd to go, so once again this meant going to walk the course on Thursdays afternoon and this year Emma and little Freddie came to join me, it seemed like a nicer course than last year as I felt it walked a lot better than previous years, and I was pleased to see my nemesis corner was placed in a more suitable place for us (well more for me!)
So the day came and Twizzy turned into a fire breathing dragon when we got her semi tacked up for the dressage, we have no idea what she had seen – or thought she had seen! She grew to about 18hh and was snorting rather loudly trying to knock everyone over. We finally got her tacked up and Mum took her away to lunge her for 5 mins while I got myself ready, luckily when she bought her back she had calmed down a lot!! So off we went to warm up for dressage, Twizzy was calm, and really listening to me, she couldn’t have warmed up much better – however, during my warm up I clocked that they had placed small trees near the letter C! Now in the past we haven’t had a lot of luck when it comes to plant like features in the dressage (hence one of our latest tweets requesting artificial plants) I shouldn’t of worried, Twizzy didn’t even blink at them, as we strutted our way to a 29.5 score!!
So the cross country, in a few words, she was great, I was pants!!! – ok, I know that’s not really a report/ write up, but it’s still a little bit of how it feels! We flew out of the start box and over the first 5 fences, then for some reason I stopped kicking her on after the fences, and if you have ever been to Belton you will know that between fences 5 – 12 there is an awful lot of ground to cover, and numpty jockey here was having such a lovely and pleasant time cantering round the country amazed at the dressage score we had just heard over the tannoy! After we jumped the coffin ( in fine style I must add) I glanced at my watch as saw that we were going really slow, I kicked on and Twizzy answer and we flew round the rest of the course – even over the horrid corner!! The last 5 fences I didn’t even take a pull and she jumped them out of her stride making them feel very easy.
So once again my day dreaming and bad time keeping cost us a top 10 place and maybe even a top 5 :o( but as the comment states at the top of this report ‘ it’s about doing your best and learning from every experience’ even if these lessons are learnt in the hardest way possible!!
finish 4th and 8th in his classes, and on Sunday we were back at Belton for the BEDE dressage championships where they finished 5th in the championship class and 6th in the warm up class. Finishing in the top 6 in the Championship class meant they got to take part in the presentation in the main arena!!