Burghley Pony Club - Pairs Hunter Trial
So off we went at the not so bright but early time of 7.15 with Jimmy and picked Charlie up on route. When we arrived at Burghley it was wet, but it wasn't chucking it down as much as we expected, however, when we were studding up the rain got worse and worse, we were very pleased that we had put turnout rugs in for the boys to keep them dry.
Jimmy seemed very relaxed tied to the back of the trailer with his mate and a haynet to share, he happily stood still for me to do all his studs and tack him up with no bother :) - super pony.
With Easter just round the corner, our lovely British weather was bound to take a turn for the worst wasn't it?
Sunday was Jimmy first ever competitive XC round and it was Mum and Charlie's first one of the year. We had entered the 75 - 85cm class, and we were both very pleased that we had been XC schooling a couple of weekends before, as there was more fences towards the 85cm mark than that of the 75. The course was lovely and very inviting, so we couldn't have really asked for anything else.
Course Photos Above
After our XC schooling we decided that Mum and Charlie would be better in front as he gets a little over excited when he is behind, where as Jimmy isn't overly fussed where he is. Jimmy was very pleased to be cantering along jumping the fences and so was Charlie, however, sadly Mum went a little bit to fast down the slope to fence 3 and Charlie couldn't get his grip and the bottom of the hill and slipped to a halt just before the fence, so we both turned a circle and came to it again, they both popped over it without a problem and after this little mishap I tried to leave a little bit more of a gap between Charlie and Jimmy. The whole gap thing was working well until fence 7, a very upright rail just off the hedge line, Mum and Charlie had a bit of a sticky jump here which meant Jimmy and I were right up their bottom, Jimmy spotted the fence and still got his legs out of the way to jump it without fault. The rest of the course was without drama for both of us and we feel the run provided us with what we needed it to before the Belvoir Pony Club ODE at Ropsely on Easter Monday :)